Meetings

Regular meetings alternate between Victoria and Nanaimo and are held on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) in January, March, April, May, June, September, October and November.  (February is our annual awards luncheon, July is when we have our summer picnic, and in August, a beach party.)  Please bring a brown-bag lunch; coffee and tea will be available.  Directions can be found here.  Meetings include:

  • Business meeting from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (brown bag)
  • Workshop from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Visitors are welcome to come to two regular meetings before joining.

December, 2017

No Meeting

January 13, 2018

Speaker:  Solveig McLaren
Topic:  A Novelist’s Best Friend–Tried and True Screenwriting Techniques
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

Whether you’re at the beginning or late stages of your novel, using screenwriting techniques can help a novelist create exciting characters and shore up a sagging middle. This workshop is interactive, so come prepared for fun exercises that will spark your creativity.

February 10, 2018

Valentine’s Luncheon
Fireside Grill
4509 W Saanich Road, Victoria, BC
11 am to 3 pm

Join fellow members for a day of celebration and inspiration and enjoy a lovely lunch in the company of your writing colleagues. From 11-12 pm, accolades (not your own) will be distributed to members to read. After the accolades, we’ll have a goal setting exercise and an address by one of our members.

(Please note this a members only event.)

March 10, 2018

Speaker:  Lee McKenzie, Rachel Goldsworthy, Shelley Adina, and Sharon Ashwood
Topic:  Collaborative Creativity for Writers
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

An English grad, a biochemistry alum, and a paleontologist walk into a bar… And two hours later, they’ve sketched a town and a far-flung family of cousins … and a swashbuckling pirate ghost. Then they invited a teacher to join the crew … she brought a parrot … and a book series was born. When an idea seems bigger than one person, sometimes the best answer is a collaboration. Join Lee McKenzie, Rachel Goldsworthy, Shelley Adina, and Sharon Ashwood for an in-depth panel on making collaborative creativity work. You’ll discover how to build a working structure that allows for an imaginative spark, turning the practical into the unforgettable.

April 14, 2018

Speaker:  Angela Dorsey
Topic:  Adapting Your Novel Into a Screenplay
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

Ever wonder where to start if you want to turn your novel or another story into a movie script? What do you need to learn, to buy, to be, in order to effectively leap into this highly competitive field? And what the heck is this three-act structure that everyone in “the biz” says is so important? Learn the answers to these questions, and more, in this overview of screenplay writing.

A former juvenile fiction writer with 30+ books released by various publishers around the world, Angela Dorsey is moving into the screenwriting world. Currently, she is enrolled in the Masters Certificate program at ScreenwritingU and is writing her third pro-level script.

May 5, 2018

Speaker:  Debra Holland
Topic:  Common-sense Criteria to Evaluate Career Opportunities
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

June 9, 2018

Speaker:  Darcy Burke
Topic:  Managing Your Author Career
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

Are you a writer or an author? If you’re actively seeking publication or are published, you’re an author and whether you realize it or not, you are an entrepreneur (yes, even if you’re traditionally published!). The most challenging part of our career can be managing our creative and business sides—and both require equal attention. Need some help getting organized? Want to make sure you’re balancing your creativity and all those pesky tasks that you don’t have time for, but really must make time for? Join USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke for a fun and informative chat on how to manage your business and grow it to the next level.

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

July, 2018

Annual Summer Picnic
Date and Time TBA

August, 2018

No Meeting

September 8, 2018

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:  TBA
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

October 13, 2018

Speaker:  Shereen Vedam
Topic:  Newsletters
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

November 3, 2018

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:   TBA
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

December, 2018

No Meeting

 


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