WESTBANK WRITERS' GROUP

BC INTERIOR WRITERS’ GROUPS Plus links to BC Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island Groups and Canada-wide Groups and Organizations

(Note: Groups are listed in alphabetical order by city) 

NOTE: This listing was an accurate as I could make it, as of February 1, 2020. If your information changes or if you know of other writers’ groups to add to this list, please contact Norma J Hill at [email protected] Thanks! 


DAWSON CREEK

Northern Writers Ink: - Meet: monthly – contact for times; Kiwanis Enterprise Centre - Contact: 250-782-5743

KAMLOOPS

Interior Authors Group: - Meet: 2nd Wednesday of each month except July and August, 6:30 pm. Location: North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Avenue, North Kamloops, BC, V2B 8M6. Blog: https://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/ - Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Interior-Authors-Group-175372529330245/ - Contact: Elma Schemenauer, [email protected]

Kamloops Society for the Written Arts: - Contact: Lindsay Curry, [email protected] or [email protected] - Website: www.kswa.ca

Words Alive: - Contact: Lindsay Curry, [email protected] or [email protected] - Website: www.wordsalivekamloops.com

KELOWNA

Kelowna Word Guild (Christian writers): - Meet: Third Wednesday each month - Contact: Marilyn Kriete [email protected] - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1012463652138231/

Kelowna Writers’ Group: - Meet: First Tuesday of each month at Kelowna Library, 6 to 8 pm. - Contact: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1353553561326285/

WriteOn! Kelowna: - Contact: Terresa Augustine. Message her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/terresa.augustine or search for WriteOn! Kelowna Writers Group Facebook page, coming soon. - Newly established group (as of January 2019) for aspiring and published writers who want to learn and

share with each other. Group limited to 8 participants to allow time for writing exercises, craft lesson, sharing and feedback. - Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 p.m. (rotating locations i.e., private residence, wineries, etc.) with a short business/planning meeting each quarter.

Downtown Kelowna Non-Fiction and Freelance Writers’ Group: - also some poetry and fiction - 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 a.m., Kelowna library - Contact: Zena Ryder [email protected] - Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KelownaNonFictionWriters/

LAC LA HACHE

Contact: Maureen Foss [email protected]

LAKE COUNTRY

Lake Country Writers’ Group - Meet: Every other Tuesday, 1:00-2:-00 p.m., Lake Country Library; meeting dates available at http://orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/lake-country - Contact: Carol French [email protected] - Join this group for inspiration, encouragement and to share your writing. All writing genres and skill levels are welcome in this supportive atmosphere. Free & Drop-in!

NELSON

Uphill Writing Group: - Meet: monthly, rotating households - Contact: Brian d’Eon [email protected]

OKANAGAN FALLS

South Okanagan Scribes (SOS): - Open group for drop ins and public, teens and up. Bring something short (300 to 400 words) to share if you’d like, or just bring a cup of tea, sit back, and listen. - Meets at the Okanagan Falls Library 3rd Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 pm. (Summer break: July and August. Restarts September). - Contact Faye Arcand [email protected] for dates and times. - Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2041584439501050/

OLIVER

Oliver Scribblers: - Meet: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 am, Oliver Library on Station Street. - Contact: Jessica Murphy (250) 498 2813 [email protected]

OSOYOOS

The O’s Own Writers: -This group has closed down at present.

PENTICTON

Okanagan-South Writers’ League (OWL): (Formerly: Penticton Writers and Publishers: PWAP) - Meet: third Wednesday of September, November, January, March, May for large group networking from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Shatford Centre (location will change after May 2019). - Sub-groups: We have a variety of sub-groups with specific goals/genres/etc. These have included: mastermind groups, a non-fiction writers group, a weekly summer drop-in group, children’s writers, etc. - OWL contacts for overall information: Norma J Hill (250) 490-0336 [email protected] OR Dawn Renaud [email protected] - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/519953788213898/

OWL Creative Non Fiction Group: - Meet: last Monday of each month, 7 to 9 pm, at Beth’s home - Genres: Nonfiction (including essay, commentary, narrative, memoir, technical, self-help, and literary). - Contact: Beth Gleason: phone 250-492-0108 or email [email protected] - A small, enthusiastic and established group of nonfiction writers and intellectuals meet once a month to discuss the fine art of writing, editing, and publishing nonfiction.

OWL Feedback for Writers: - Guaranteed to improve your WIP in a lively and supportive atmosphere. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome. - Meet: 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month (except July/August) at 9:30 am to noon. - 3 terms per year: Jan-Mar, Apr-June, and Sep-Dec. - Where: Athens Creek Retirement Lodge, 170 Warren Avenue, Penticton. Second floor lounge. - Contact: Facilitator is Julie H. Ferguson, 604-469-1319, [email protected] ; www.beaconlit.com - Questions: please contact facilitator. - Registration: Opens about 1 month prior to each term. Done via email on a specific date/time. - Also check out OWL Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/519953788213898/

Comedy and Song Writing Group: - Meet: to be announced (new group) - Contact: Lynn Greene: 250-493-6955 [email protected]

Writing Out Loud: - A group where beginning writers experience the benefits of journaling and sharing their writing. - Contact Mary Kiviste: 250 492-4305 ext. 3244 or [email protected]

Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival (OVWF): - Annual writer’s conference held the first full weekend of April, 2016, 2017, 2018 in Penticton at the Shatford Centre. Unfortunately, this event will no longer be happening due to changes in availability of the venue.

STEPS Creative Writing for Youth: - Started as a series of youth workshops - Continues as a Facebook page with writing information and events of interest to teen writers https://www.facebook.com/groups/1216336771813453/ - New youth workshops or a “youth writers’ club” may be developed soon. - Contact: Norma J Hill, 250-490-0336 [email protected]

Aggie’s Authors: - Penticton radio talk show on Peach City Radio C-FUZ, featuring local authors, editors, and publishing. Although no longer live, be sure to listen to the 53 podcasts featuring BC writers! https://www.peachcityradio.org/programs/aggiesauthors/index.php - Contact: Aggie Stevens [email protected] - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/540378256355835/

Kidlit Group: This group is currently not operating; however, if you’d like to see it start up again, please contact Diane Jones at [email protected] . Thanks.

Wine Country Writer’s Festival - September 25-26, 2020 at Lakeside Hotel and Convention Centre in Penticton. $67 (rates increase June 1, 2020. Payment due with registration). - Friday 5-8 pm Masterclass led by Agent and CEO of The Rights Factory, Sam Hiyate, $35. - Friday evening wine social and readings. Saturday workshops, panels, blue-pencils and more. - Finish off the event with a wiener roast on the beach $8. - Website: www.winecountrywritersfestival.ca Email: [email protected]

PRINCE GEORGE

Writers’ Lab (formerly Scribblers Unanimous): - Meet: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7 pm, Bob Harkins (Main) branch of the Prince George Public Library, Keith Gordon room - Contact: Amy Dhanjal, 250-563-9251, Communications Coordinator, Prince George Public Library. [email protected]

Northern Scribblers Online: - Contact: Bee Wolf Ray http://earthmatrix.net/scribblers

REVELSTOKE

Revelstoke Writers’ Bloc - for info check out the ‘Stoke List in Revelstoke Classifieds: http://list.thestoke.ca/

SALMON ARM

Shuswap Writers Group: - Meet: First and third Wednesdays of each month, Sept. to May, 11:00 am to 1 p.m. in the boardroom at Piccadilly Mall Shopping Centre, Salmon Arm - Contact: Judith Benson, [email protected] - Website: www.shuswapwritersgroup.weebly.com

Word on the Lake Writers Festival: - Annual conference in mid-May, sponsored by Shuswap Association of Writers (SAW) www.shuswapassociationofwriters.ca : Three day writers’ festival in mid-May. - Contact: Kay Johnston, 250-832-3028, [email protected] - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WordontheLake/ - Website: www.wordonthelakewritersfestival.com [email protected]

Writers Nook group: - Meet: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, Sept. to May, 10:00 am – 12 noon, at: Okanagan Regional Library South Shuswap Branch, #1, 2425 Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay Market, Blind Bay, V0E 1H2 - Contact: Shirley DeKelver, 250-803-5242, [email protected]

SICAMOUS

Heart and Mind Writers Group - Contact: Kathleen Crockett [email protected]

SMITHERS

Smithers Writers Group: no longer is meeting.

SUMMERLAND

Happy Scriveners: - Meet: Summerland Library, once a month on 2nd or 3rd Wednesday, 2 to 4 pm. - This is a group for pleasure writers. They do light critiquing (maybe), but are more of a share-yourwriting sort of group. - Contact: Elizabeth Bartosinski, phone 250-496-3476, [email protected]

TERRACE

Terrace Public Library Writing Group: - Contact: Jess Dafoe at the Terrace Public Library: 250-638-8177, [email protected]

Unraveling North: - Meet: once a month - Contact: Katherine Bell, [email protected]

VERNON

Vernon Critique Group - Meets: third Saturday each month, 10:00 – 12:00, at Triumph Coffee. Come at 9:00 am for premeeting coffee and social time. - Contact: Angelika Offenwanger: [email protected] - A group of fiction writers offering critique and feedback on each other's work. Everyone welcome to drop in for social time; new members for the critique part are welcome, but prior registration is necessary as members email out pieces to be critiqued ahead of time, which are then discussed at the meeting.

Vernon fiction writers discussion group - Vernon library – info at the VE library website - drop-in; discussion group (not critique/sharing)

WEST KELOWNA (WESTBANK)

- The West Kelowna writing groups, The Writing Guild and The Publishing Guild, have been combined, and have new facilitators: Donna Bird: [email protected] ; Michael Jensen: [email protected] ; and Ann Carter: [email protected] . The new group will focus on writing skills for the time being. They plan to focus the group on writing skills for the time being. - Meet Thursdays 2-4 pm, Westbank Library - www.westbankwritersgroup.ca

ONLINE (FACEBOOK) B.C. WRITER’S GROUPS:

The Writing Well Mastermind Writer’s Group - An online Facebook Group with members world-wide. In group sharing and critique, online courses, writing contests and retreats. - Admin: Darcy Nybo: [email protected] - https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheWritingWell/

B.C. Writers, Authors, & Editors: - Online Facebook group with members province-wide. - Admins: Jodie Renner and Norma Hill https://www.facebook.com/groups/1518194541798581/

LIST OF LOWER MAINLAND, SUNSHINE COAST, VANCOUVER ISLAND AND GULF ISLAND GROUPS: https://www.bcwriters.ca/writers-groups/

SOME OTHER WRITERS’ and PUBLISHERS GROUPS of Interest to BC Writers (on Facebook and/or websites):

- Writers West: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149237651777529/

- Federation of BC Writers: https://www.bcwriters.ca/

- Canadian Writers Events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1106203092819035/

- Native American/First Nations Literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6408304195/

- Red Tuque Books: BC distributor for indie books: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/ (Note: Red Tuque Books is under new management as of Feb 1/19: Greg Salisbury [email protected] 250-7469989 - Friends of Red Tuque Books: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1392459934381851/

- Okanagan NaNoWriMo Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/914459182049331/

- Canada Writes (CBC group for Canadian writers): https://www.facebook.com/groups/canadawrites/

- Canadian Writers Events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1106203092819035/

- Poets Corner Reading Series: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1479876268788189/ A reading series for poets and poetry fans alike. Provides a platform for both emerging and established poets to showcase their work. Our events take place on the third Wednesday of every month. Massy Books in the heart of Vancouver is our host.

- Canadian Creative Writers and Writers’ Programs: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ccwwp/

- Native Americans/First Nations Literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6408304195/

- Theytus Books (First Nations publisher – Penticton BC): http://www.theytus.com/

- The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia: membership list: http://books.bc.ca/who-weare/member-directory/

- Association of Canadian Publishers: https://publishers.ca/

A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF CANADIAN WRITERS’ GROUPS / ORGANIZATIONS: http://www3.sympatico.ca/susanio/SusLinks.html

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