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Hello, Writers,

I hope 2019 has begun well and that it brings you good health and writing inspiration. Remember to make time for yourself!  Shaleeta has moved on, as most of you know, to an exciting new job. (Congratulations, Shaleeta!) There is currently no Executive Director. Katelyn Foote has been helping us in the interim, compiling the interesting information you have been receiving on Write On. 

I have some news I'd like to share with you::

The Federation of BC Writers is seeking to hire a new Executive Director. This is a part time position (25 hrs a week), It needs to be filled rather urgently because we have some grant deadlines, so the deadline for applications is Friday, January 18. 

The FBCW is looking for a person with the personal and professional skills required to take on executive responsibilities related to the orderly management of the Federation -- a non-profit society and Federally-registered charity.  These responsibilities include but are not limited to creating and managing budgets, writing grants, web-site management that requires knowledge of Word Press, organizing workshops and events, managing promotions, facilitating meetings and communicating with members. If you are interested please email with your questions, your application. We look forward to hearing from you.

The FBCW's current literary contest -- the Literary Writes Competition, "Who Is 'The Other?'" has a fast-approaching deadline: February 1, 2019.  You will see the poster further down.  Don't forget to finish your poem and submit!  There is a 19-and-under section of the contest as well, so please let the young writers in your family (and at your school) know about this.. 

The 2019 AGM will be embedded in the 2019 Spring Writes festival which is happening in Nanaimo, May 2-5. (The AGM will be on May 4).  The Federation of BC Writers is a dynamic non-profit society that has grown to eight-hundred members and is doing a lot of interesting things to help writers across the province -- more projects to come in 2019.  Are you interested in being part of this by serving on the Board, or even perhaps on the Executive, as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President or President?  Don't hide, tell us who you are and what you'd love to do.  You can either write to me at or aim your email at our inbox.

One more message:  Aside from the Information in this newsletter, did you know that the FBCW has a provincial Event listing on the website ( There is an application there that you fill out, if you have an upcoming writing-related event of some kind in BC. The application process is manual -- your information does not pop up in the Event listing immediately.  A person will take it and enter it in the Events calendar within a couple of days. 

Best Wishes,
Ann Graham Walker,

Member News: 

May 2-5 2019 Nanaimo
Vancouver Island Conference Centre

REGISTRATION IS NOT OPEN JUST YET BUT SAVE THE DATES AND WATCH BCWRITERS.CA FOR MORE INFO ON EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS FEATURING:  Carleigh Baker, Yvonne Blomer, Jacqueline Carmichael, Trevor Carolan, Lorna Crozier, Carine de Kock, Barb Drozdowich, M.A.C. Farrant, Mona Fertig, Rhonda Ganz, Wawmeesh Hamilton, Mark Leiren-Young, Jennifer Manuel, Jo-Anne McLean, Rachel McMillen, Kathy Page, Lois Peterson, Bill Stenson, Susan Stenson, Joanna Streetly, Betsy Warland, Toronto publishing lawyer Warren J. Sheffer and more... 

You can book accommodations at a reduced rate at the Coast Bastion Hotel and The Best Western Dorchester in Nanaimo on those dates by saying you are a member of the Federation of BC Writers.  Writers seeking budget accommodations should check the Painted Turtle hostel - very nice and within a block of the festival venue.(We do not have a FBCW rate or rooms blocked there as of yet, but  don't wait to book, space at the hostel will go quickly at that time of the year)

Any FBCW member that wishes to receive free, monthly news bulletins from The Ormsby Review for new reviews of books by B.C. authors can simply send their email address to with a subject line: Alan Twigg Ormsby Review List.
Contests & Awards:
National Media Awards Foundation presents the 2019 Magazine Writing Awards: Deadline January 20. This award recognizes excellence by Canadian magazine writers. For more information →

2019 National Broadsheet Competition. Submissions to the League’s 3rd annual National Broadsheet Contest are now open! What is a “broadsheet,” you may ask? By definition, a “broadsheet” is a large piece of paper printed with information on one side only. In the world of poetry, a broadsheet is a great format in which to share or showcase one stand-out poem – winning this contest will surely do both! Deadline Jan 28th, 2019. For more information →  

The ReLit Awards: Deadline January 30. For more information →

The Orangutan Project, Creative Writing and Arts Competition, open to all participants aged nine years and older. Explore the universal connection with the natural world. Deadline January 31  For more information →  

Submissions now open for the 2019 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize. First prize includes cash as well as a weeks residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Contest open to all ages for short fiction under 2000 words. Deadline February 14thFor more information →

The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to launch its 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites Canadian writers to submit a piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words.  A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. Deadline February 15, 2019.  For more information →  

Pottersfield Press has published such distinguished nonfiction authors as Harold Horwood, Thomas Raddall, Joan Baxter, Neil Peart, Jon Tattrie, Steven Laffoley, Lindsay Ruck, Jim Lotz, Claire Mowat, Harry Thurston and many others. In an effort to further enhance its creative nonfiction publishing program it created an annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
Pottersfield Press is again looking for submissions from writers who can provide a manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words in any of the following categories: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or virtually any existing or new category that uses the nonfiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea. Deadline March 31.  For more information →
Calls for Submissions:
Call for Submissions--Work Matters the deadline is January 18. 

Prairie Fire is seeking fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry on the topic of work.

For centuries, people have written stories, essays, poems and plays about work, which provide a social history of that time. Today, this topic is just as relevant as we attempt to find or create work in a world that is changing faster than we can think.

Please have in your subject line: Your full name, the name of the issue and what type of work you are submitting. Example: Jane Smith, Work Matters Poetry

Send us your creativity! For more information →  
2018 Best Books of the Year

This year  the Writer's Trust has offered a cornucopia of literature ripe for the picking — so allow then to help whittle down your reading list. Writers’ Trust award and program honourees were asked for their top reads from the past twelve months. The picks in this Best Books of the Year list have Canadian writers’ verified stamps of approval and are sure to make the coming long winter nights significantly brighter. Happy Reading! 

Workshops & Retreats:

Writing and Editing Childhood Memoirs with Carolyn Redl

Has anyone ever told you, “You’ve had a very interesting childhood. You should write a book”? Or have you been asked to edit a memoir, but you don’t know where to begin? If so, the Editors BC January seminar is right for you.
This six-hour seminar provides an introduction to memoir writing and editing. Throughout the day, you’ll complete exercises that will make your own childhood experiences come alive. You’ll explore ways to organize events into stories using description and dialogue. You’ll hear editing hints for developing themes, settings, and personalities associated with childhood. By the end of the day, you’ll have written a draft chapter of your memoir! Saturday, January 26th.  For more information →  

PEAVI presents Lori A. May February 2nd at the Church of Truth in Victoria. 
Literary Citizenship 101 Morning Workshop: 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Writing may be a solitary profession, but it is also one that thrives within a healthy community. Writers, editors, and readers rely on one another professionally and personally. This interactive session shares ideas and inspiration for audience outreach, networking, and community building opportunities. We’ll explore online and in-person options for enhancing your literary circle, locally and beyond.
Marketing Strategies for Writers Afternoon Workshop: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Plan for your best freelance year to date! This interactive session explores passive and targeted marketing opportunities for expanding your audience and broadening your portfolio. We’ll discuss social media and your online presence, targeted marketing and pitches, along with networking strategies. Come with your goals in mind
as we discuss short- and long-term action plans. For more information →  

Getting the Message Across: Clear Writing Tips with Frances Peck. Reports, policies, briefings, emails, and other informational documents have a simple goal: to deliver a message quickly and clearly to a target audience. But too often that message gets buried by weak organization, unnecessary detail, abstract language, unhelpful layout, and other barriers to readability. February 23, 2019, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information →  

Tri-City Wordsmiths’ 3rd Annual Writers’ Retreat will be held at the Carey Centre (UBC campus) from March 8th  - 10th, 2019. This is a self-directed retreat, where writers work on their own projects but have an opportunity for consultation with a blue-pencil editor, for a small extra fee. For more information →  

And that's all! Please let us know of any events you would like shared, and we'll do our best to keep WriteOn informative and interesting.

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