Art & Words News

Literary Agent at Art& Words

The Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society has an exciting new development for the Art & Words Festival, August 10-13, Gibsons Public Market, as Literary Agent, Sam Hiyate, Founder & CEO of The Rights Factory will be available for one-on-one appointments with writers. Sam is offering a $99 package to Art & Words attendees. to read 20 pages of your manuscript and outline, and spend 25 minutes discussing it with you.

Book soon, as limited appointments are available. Send your request for an appointment to

For assistance with accommodations bookings go to or reach out to Sunshine Coast Tourism at


Art & Words T-Shirts

 Distributed before our regular monthly meeting.


For those out-of-towners who will be coming to the Art & Words Festival, August 10-13, at Gibsons Public Market, there are two main hotels in Gibsons. Book early as it's a busy time on the Coast:

The Gibsons Garden Hotel:

And the Cedars Inn and Convention Centre:

We can provide pick up and drop off to the ferry terminal to our guests, if you want to walk on, and to and from your hotel from our volunteer drivers.

There is an Eventbrite site to book any workshops or free events you may wish to attend at:

Bryan Mortensen

We're excited to announce that Bryan Mortensen, Executive Director of the Federation of BC Writers will be attending our 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Art & Words Festival, Saturday, Aug. 12 & Sunday, Aug. 13. He will popping into our writers' workshops and hosting an informational table. FBCW has so many resources, events, and value for us. Be sure to stop by and get a free copy of Write On and have a chat with Bryan, he's a delight. 

Bryan Mortensen is a writer, traveller, and administrator who calls the Comox Valley home.  He is has a degree in English from the University of Alberta with a minor in Philosophy.  Prior to taking on his role at the Federation of BC Writers, he served as Administrative Secretary for the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, as Founder and Executive Director for the altView Foundation for Gender Variant and Sexual Minorities, and as a Caseworker for the Edmonton John Howard Society.  At his core, Bryan believes in advocating for and with people who have been traditionally marginalized.

In his writing life, Bryan is hard at work on edits for his novel which falls into the realm of speculative fiction.  He enjoys writing much more than editing.  Over the past ten years, Bryan has enthusiastically taken part in the International 3-Day Novel Writing Competition (run by BC's own Anvil press)