SCWES JUNE 25TH, 2023 MEETING MINUTES
Present: Judy Edmunds, Monica Davis, Marion Cook, Robin Lamarche, Maggie Guzzi, Danda Humphreys, Joyce Gwilliam, Ken Blosser, Doris Good, Jennie Starr, Mike Starr, Jennie Starr, KB Nelson, Juliet Lin, Cindy Labonte-Smith, Stephen Smith, Holly and her mom.
The meeting was called to order at 2:05 pm.
Approval of minutes of May 28: moved by Maggie, seconded by Joyce, carried.
Finances: Doris presented financial summary as at May 31, 2023. Still open to sponsorships and in-kind donations for
Art & Words
Not An Island Summer issue distributed. The quarterly is developing well and getting positive attention from major critics in the literary world. It’s also getting larger and better quality with each issue, but there is still room for more contributors. The next deadline is October 6th, the theme is Transitions, and the guest editor will be Marissa Fischer.
The 2023 Art & Words Anthology is out now and available on Amazon, or from Cindy at cost (100 copies available). Cindy passed out schedules and descriptions for the Art & Words Workshops which are updated and on the scwes.ca website. Cindy distributed her notes from the Writers Union of Canada workshop: “Pitch Perfect,” and encouraged SCWES members to join The Writers Union of Canada if they qualify.
Members then had an opportunity to try out their “pitches”, which would be useful for query letters to literary agents, publishers and blurbs.
Business Meeting adjourned at 3:30.
Workshop on chapbooks followed the business meeting.
Regular monthly meetings will resume on September 30th. Location is to be determined but likely to be Mission House again unless someone comes forward with a better location.
SCWES – Minutes May 28, 2023
Present: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Steve Smith, Doris Good, Michael Healey, Jennie Tschoban, Jan DeGrass, Mike Starr, Marion Crook, Joyce Gwilliam, Jacqueline Rich, Liz Long, Del Lobo, Ross Harry, Athena Qureshi, Bonnie Ladouceur Finch, KB Nelson.
Guest: Jana Curll
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 pm.
1. Jan D moved, Doris seconded, to approve minutes of April 30, 2023, carried.
• Cindy and Michael Gurney (via video) reported on the Heritage BC Conference that they attended. A workshop on walking tours and cultural mapping was
relevant to the “Literary Landmarks” project. Michael urged us to make space for Indigenous oral stories in our ways of collecting stories.
• The treasurer reported a profit of $64.95.
• Not An Island: Deadline for submissions to current issue is now June 1st, the theme is “How to”. Annual anthology will include Art & Words submissions
from this year, as well as Not An Island from the past two years.
• Art & Words: Aug 10-13. Forty authors and artists participating, thirteen workshops, at the Coastal Room and Community Kitchen at Gibsons Public
Market, with some outdoor activities. Art & Words t-shirts were distributed.
• Book Contest: will have around 120 books. Thanks to all who are volunteering as judges. Entry fees will total over about $5000, with funds going to judges, prizes with some left for our events.
4. Next meeting – Sunday, June 25, 2-5:30 pm, Mission House with chapbook workshop.
5. Business Meeting adjourned at 2:21 pm.
Mike Starr – Secretary
Jana Curll presented her work on children’s books and maps.
She referred us to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators www.scbwi.org/
List of children’s book agents available through this website.
Recommended that children’s authors not pitch to publishers with illustrations already done, as the publisher will find an illustrator, and pay for the illustrations. The illustrations chosen by the author may be a “turn off” to the publisher.
Jan showed slides of her experience with a portion of a London Literary Walking Tour, where they were not able to access the historic authors’ houses (or even see one of them because of a hedge). The plaques on the houses, where visible, only provided the name of the author and the dates they lived there. Jan recommended that for our literary landmark tour we provide information and a sample of the writing of each author, in printed as well as digital format.
Present: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Steve Smith, Robin Lamarche, Doris Good, Joyce Gwilliam, Ken Blosser, Jennie Tschoban, Rosa Reid, Mike Starr, Maggie Guzzi, Juliet Lin, Bruce Adams, Jacqueline Rich, Liz Long, Dell Lobo, Catherine MacNeil, Elizabeth Rains, new member: Nadine.
The meeting was called to order at 2:01 pm.
1. Joyce moved, Jacqueline seconded, to approve minutes of March 26, 2023, carried.
· Literary map project: Applied for grant to Heritage BC, 677 local and visiting authors plus some locations that have been settings, publishers, etc.
· Not An Island: Deadline for submissions to current issue is July 6th, the theme is “How to”. Annual anthology will include Art & Words submissions from this year, as well as Not An Island from the beginning to the present issue.
· Art & Words: Aug 10-13. Rotary Club granted $2,000. Forty authors and artists participating, thirteen workshops, at the Coastal Room and the Community Kitchen at Gibsons Public Market, with some outdoor activities. A new Art & Words banner was displayed at this meeting, also a sample from new branded bags.
· Book Contest: received 40 books so far and may receive more by end of month.
· Burger and Beer fundraiser has 14 people signed up already, will feature a slide show with art from 2023 Art & Words.
4. Next meeting – Sunday, May 28, 2-5:30 pm, Mission Point House with Jana Curll, Map Illustrator and Childrens’ author/illustrator
5. Business Meeting adjourned at 2:19 pm. Followed by presentation on Chat GPT.
Mike Starr - Secretary
SCWES – Minutes of March 26, 2023
PRESENT: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Steve Smith, Rosa Reid, Mike Starr, Maggie Guzzie,Heather Conn, Jan DeGrass, Doris Good, Michael Gurney, Catherine McNeil, Robin Lamarche, MJ Milne, Jane McNeil, Alex McNeil, Maureen McNeil, Lise Kreps, Juliet O’Keefe, Gabriele Tanner, Joyce Gwilliam, Ken Blosser, Elspeth Richmond, Pat Feindel, Rosa Reid, Doris Good, Ann-Marie ?, Brian ?, Ken ? Anna ?, Sarah?, and many guests.
1. The meeting was called to order at 2:02 pm.
2.Stephen moved, Maggie seconded, to approve minutes of 25 February 2023, carried.
Grants: Sunshine Coast Credit Union – waiting, BC Arts Council – waiting (since rejected and under appeal), Heritage BC – in progress, BC Gaming – waiting.
4. Not An Island: Looking good. Deadline for submissions to current issue is April 6th, the theme is “Balance”. Next issue’s theme is “How to”, deadline July 6th. Annual anthology will include Art & Words submissions from this year, as well as Not An Island from the past year up to the Summer 2023 issue.
5. Art & Words: Aug 10-13. Forty authors and artists participating, thirteen workshops, at the Coastal Room and Community Kitchen at Gibsons Public Market, with some outdoor activities.
6. Book Contest: lots of publishers sending books.
7. Cathalynn introduced new members: Catherine McNeil, MJ Milne.
8. Next meeting – Sunday, Apr 30, 2-5:30 pm, Mission Point House
Business Meeting adjourned at 2: pm.
9. Michael Gurney interviewed Cat Mac about their poetry book: emily & Elspeth.
Catherine did readings and performed original music, then signed books.
10. Michael then interviewed Heather Conn, who read from her book (to be launched April 15).
Note: Cheryl Stephens was not able to attend today. We hope she will be able to bring her presentation on Plain Language to a future meeting.
Mike Starr - Secretary
“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” from emily & elspeth
SCWES Minutes, February 25, 2023
Present: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Steve Smith, Rosa Reid, Mike Starr, Jennie Tschoban, Heather Conn, Allie Bartlett, Keilli Bartlett, Jacquline Rich, Ross Harry, Athena Qureshi, Mike Healey, Michael Gurney, Karen Webb, Larry Penonzek, Brittany Broderson from Coast Cable, members of the public.
The meeting was called to order at 2:05 pm.
Matthew Lovegrove, Museum Manager, welcomed the group to the Museum.
Rosa moved, Heather seconded, a motion to approve minutes of 29 January, 2023, carried.
Grants: Town of Gibsons – declined, Sunshine Coast Credit Union – waiting, BC Arts Council – waiting, will also apply to Heritage BC.
Cathalynn introduced new members Jacqueline Rich, Mike Healey, Ross Harry, Athena Qureshi.
Not An Island: deadline for submissions to next issue is April 7th, the theme is “Balance”.
Art & Words: Aug 10-13. Forty authors and artists participating, fourteen workshops, at the Coastal Room at Gibsons Public Market, with some outdoor activities.
Book Contest: both traditional and self-published BC books, judged separately,Starts Mar 1, deadline for submissions is May 30.
Next meeting - Sunday, Mar 25, 2-5:30 pm Plain Language, Cheryl Stephens and Cat Mac reading from their poetry book: emily & elspeth at Mission Point House.
Business Meeting adjourned at 2:20 pm. Followed by presentations on Sunshine Coast writers over the past 100 years.
Mike Starr - Secretary
SCWES Minutes, January 29, 2023
Meeting changed location to Gourmet Girl due to being locked out at Mission Point House. Lucy Clark sends her apologies and we will be refunded the rental fee.
Present: Cindy Labonté-Smith, Steve Smith, Rosa Reid, Maggi Guzzi, Jeminah Hu, Juliet Lin, Monica Davis, Peter Töews, Ruth Ritchey, Michael Gurney
Guest: Isabella Mori (virtual)
Maggi moved, Doris Good seconded, a motion to approve minutes of 27 November, 2022 minutes, carried.
Grants for Art & Words – Three grants have been applied for – Total of $13,000.
Membership – Still growing. Art & Words. Boosting membership.
Not An Island – Printed and will be available for distribution on Thursday at the Art & Words match at the Gibsons Public Market.
Programs – Heritage BC posters distributed and RSVP sheet circulated for February 25th event at the Gibsons Museum. Books from the legacy authors were shared.
Not An Island: Not An Island: deadline Spring April 6th. Summer July 6. Fall October 6.
Feb 25th, 2 pm. Sunshine Coast Museum (Gibsons) celebrating Heritage Week: Sechelt Mayor and his wife will attend. Eastlink Cable will be recording the event. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org space is limited.
March 26th, Mission Point House, 2 pm. Write for the reader brain, Cheryl Stephens.
Are you a reader advocate? Write for the reader brain.
Style is crucial for enhancing readability and making information easier to understand. Good style considers the reader's needs and preferences, making writing clear and enjoyable to read.
Readability is a measure of a reader’s ease of comprehension, given the reader's knowledge, background, and motivation.
Comprehension involves several cognitive processes, including priming, focus, word recognition and standard sentence structure. The evolving science of clear communication tips us on how to write for the reader brain to enhance the impact of your message.
Cheryl Stephens is a leader in plain language communications.
Cheryl Stephens found her calling as an educator, trainer, and consultant in communications. For over 30 years, she has been writing, speaking, and teaching about plain language, helping clients to become more successful communicators using plain language principles.
She has mined the varied fields of neuroscience to apply research results to explain human processes for reading, thinking, and decision-making. Since 2019, Cheryl has been speaking internationally about writing for the reader brain.
Cheryl has three books in process with publication expected this year. Her earlier works include Plain Language Legal Writing and 3 other Plain Language In Plain English, a guide to principles and techniques of plain language.
Plain Language Workshop to follow.
April 30th, 2 pm, Mission Point House - Publishing Panel.
May 28th, 2 pm, Mission Point House– Caitlin Hicks and Gord Halloran (if her book is available)
June 25th, 2 pm, Mission Point House– Heather Conn book launch (if her book is available)
July & August – No meetings in the summer.
August 10-13 – 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Art & Words Festival, Gibsons Public Market
August 17-20 – Sechelt Festival of the Written Arts – We may get a table this year and need volunteers to attend the tables.
September 24th, 2 pm, Mission Point House – AGM.
October 29th, Time TBD, Location: TBD - Murder Mystery Fundraiser, Marilyn Brown.
November 26th, 2 pm, Mission Point House – Christmas Readings, Book and Craft Sale
December 17th, 2 pm, Location: TBD – Christmas Party
Michael Gurney introduced Isabella Mori who was launching her poetry book, “Not So Pretty Haiku”.
Cindy led a haiku and haibun writing workshop. Participants please submit your work to Not An Island.
Meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm
Doris Good – Treasurer filling in as Secretary
SCWES Meeting Minutes, November 27, 2022
The meeting was called to order at 2:05.
Present: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Steve Smith, Rosa Reid, Mike Starr, Robin Lamarch, Joyce Gwilliam, Ken Blosser, Liz Long, Juliet Lin, Unni S. Claridge, Lesley Hancock, Elspeth Richmond, Peter Töews, Betty Downs, Sally Bondy,
Guest: Ruth Rodgers
Robin moved, Mike seconded, a motion to approve minutes of 28 October, 2022 minutes, carried
Book and crafts sale at Sunnycrest Mall went well, some sales, fun, exposure and new attendees. Next year, get tables at craft fairs in Sechelt and Roberts Creek, as well as Gibsons? Hold a book and craft sale at Mission Point House for two days? Maybe do a used book sale in 2023?
Cathalynn introduced new members Joyce Gwilliam and Ken Blosser.
We now have 67 members.
Reminder Dec 11 Christmas lunch, sign up now, 20 people already signed up
Not An Island: deadline Dec 7, Robin would like some images from artists too, as this issue will be full colour.
Isabella Mori will come to January 29 meeting to launch her poetry book Not So Pretty Haikus
Feb 26 meeting at Gibsons Museum celebrating Heritage Week: Gibsons mayor has agreed to proclaim. Now waiting for Sechelt and SCRD.
[Schedule of further meetings and other events in 2023 can be found on the website and on Facebook]
The Writers Union of Canada has grants for writers and mentored writers.
Idea Space in Gibsons looking for tutors to teach pre-college essay writing.
Cathalynn introduced Ruth Rodgers, from Halfmoon Bay, who has written 4 books, most recently “Those Who Wander”
Meeting adjourned at 3:20.
Mike Starr - Secretary
SCWES MINUTES, OCTOBER 28, 2022
The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by President, Cathalynn Labonté-Smith.
Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Pres.
Bruce Adams, VP
Mike Starr, Sec.
Stephen Smith, Webmaster
Heather Conn, Member
Robin Lamarche, Ed. (NAI)
Elspeth Richmond, Member
Vesna Maljkovic, Presenter
Elizabeth Rains, Presenter
Jennie Tschoban, Events Committee
Marion Crook, Member
Jan DeGrass, Arts Liaison
It was determined that a quorum of members in good standing was present.
Motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of 22 Sep 2022: moved by Steve Smith, seconded by Bruce Adams, passed.
Bruce Adams has stepped into the role of Vice President.
Mike Starr has stepped into the role of Secretary.
Motion to accept the Board as presently constituted: moved by Bruce Adams, seconded by Marion Crook, approved.
Motion to change fiscal year end from July 31st to September 30th: moved by Mike Starr, seconded by Robin Lamarche, approved.
Motion to allow voting by proxy, including virtual proxy: moved by Bruce Adams, seconded by Heather Conn, approved.
Motion to accept financial statements to July 31st, 2022 (presented at the September 2022 meeting, as prepared by Doris Good, CPA, MBA, Treasurer): moved by Steve Smith, seconded by Heather Conn, approved.
Choeb ? will become a member at large once he becomes a full member.
Business meeting - adjourned at 7:15 pm.
Presentation by Elizabeth and Vesna on the SFU Editing program. Thank you, Elizabeth & Vesna
- Writers’ Workshop, Sunday October 30th, 4-6 pm at Mission Point House.
- November Meeting - Sunday, Nov. 27th, 2:00-3:30 pm with a break, then Writers Workshop starts at 4 pm -5:30 pm. Program is Ruth Rodgers who will be interviewed on her historical novels.
- December Meeting - Sunday, December 18th, 2-4 pm, Location: TBD, but will be a pubby place, like Lighthouse/BlackFish/101 Distillery. Organizer: Jenny Tschoban. Bring a small wrapped gift to exchange. Thank you, Jennie.
- Jan DeGrass will continue to liaise with other arts organizations for us after a successful joint event at the Sechelt Arts Council during the Art Crawl. Thank you, Jan.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.
SCWES MINUTES (Revised), SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
Meeting commenced: 7:00 pm
Cindy Labonte-Smith, President Rosa Reid, VP Secretary, Vacant
Doris Good, Treasurer Stephen Smith, Webmaster
Robin Lamarche, Editor (NAI) Mike Starr, Member at Large Marion Crook
Leslie Burnie Janey Marshall Ann McErlean
Di Ashworth Jan DeGrass Liz Long
KB Nelson Maggie Guzzi Monica Davies
We didn’t achieve quorum (14), so the voting portion of the AGM will be postponed until the meeting on October 28th. In summary, a one-year video was shown, including our main events highlights from the 1st Annual Art & Words Festival and development of the Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Contest and Pat John Tribute in about three and a half minutes. It can be viewed at https://youtu.be/clP2Fs7HRPw
Awards were given for outstanding service.
Mike Starr joined the Council as a board member at large. Thank you so much, Mike.
Marion Crook gave an amazing reading then led a memoir writing exercise.
Rosa and Elizabeth are on the Editorial Council. Anyone else who is interested in joining this council, meetings will be held at Wheatberries on Fridays at noon.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Elspeth Richmond has resigned from position as Secretary on the Board. We thank her for her tenure. The position of Secretary is now vacant. The role involves taking minutes at monthly meetings, and at the occasional Board meeting, and assisting during the Art & Words festival with miscellaneous tasks.
If you’re interested in volunteering on a committee or on the Board, we have lots of positions that can help you develop in your professional career, or that can benefit from your prior experience.
Anyone who is interested in the Secretary position, or discussing any other role, please contact one of the Board members, Cindy Labonte-Smith, Rosa Reid, Stephen Smith, Robin Lamarche or Mike Starr.
SCWES Meeting Minutes Thursday, June 23, 2022
Present: Cathalynn (Cindy) Labonté-Smith, Chair. Rosa Reid, VP, Doris Good, Treasurer, Stephen Smith, Webmaster, Elspeth Richmond, Recorder
Marrisa Fischer, Jennie Tschoban, Robin Lamarche, Maggie Guzzi, Mike Starr, Stephanie Taylor, Sunshine Coast Vibe, Bronwyn Beairsto, Coast Reporter, Jan DeGrass, Sunshine Coast Life.
Our new tagline is “Read Sunshine Coast BC”.
Art & Words 2023 will be held at Gibsons Public Market and will include writing workshops, a literary and art contest, and art classes, such as plein air for fees. The 2022 show will move to GPAG in September. This year’s program will be approximately 90 pages.
Jan DeGrass has approached the Arts Council re: SCWES doing a reading there during the Art Crawl.
Approval of May meetings minutes. Stephen Smith moved, Robin Lamarche seconded, approved and carried.
Beachcombers Contest extended until July 1st, entries coming in, judges started judging process.
No new business.
Panel of editors on Writing and Editing for Newspapers & Magazines, with Jan DeGrass, Stephanie Taylor, and Bronwyn Beairsto. Q&A
Thursday, September 22nd 7-8:30 -AGM , election of council.
Needed; three council members for Publication, membership and Program and Events. Marion McKinnon Crook will read from her award-winning book, Always Pack a Candle. Q&A. Book signing.
Sunday, September 25th – Writers’ Workshop
Friday October 28th-7-8:30 Vesna, SFU Editing Program. Doris Good book launch, Profit Line
Sunday, October 30th 4-6 p.m. - Writers Workshop
Thursday, November 24th 7-8:30 - Ruth Rodgers, Charmaine MacDonald on Writing Historical Fiction and Book Cover Design.
Sunday, November 27th 4-6 pm - Writers Workshop
Thursday, December 22 - Cathalynn Cindy Labonté-Smith, discusses the Art of the Interview and her book Rescue Me: Search and Rescue Memoirs. Q&A. Book signing. Seasonal Party
SCWES Meeting Minutes Friday, May 27th, 2022
Present: Cathalynn (Cindy) Labonte-Smith, Chair, Rosa Reid, Vice Chair, Doris Good, Treasurer, Stephen Smith, Webmaster, Elspeth Richmond, Recorder
Jenny Tschoban, Mike Starr, Jan Degrass, Robin Lamarche, Anita Jenkins, Marc Theriault, Frances Peck, Speaker
1. Introductions and acknowledgement that we are meeting on the traditional, unceded territory of the Shishalh Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) Nation.
2. Approval of April Minutes
Moved and seconded Robin Lamarche, Doris Good
3. Guest Speaker: Frances Peck, author of novel The Broken Places about an earthquake, BC’s lower mainland and west side of Vancouver Island.
Notes: From editor to author – a journey in several parts, not her first novel compared to psychic states of authors to the Barkley Marathon. First written in 2014-15. Her background: editor, writing reports, Peck’s English Pointers, documentaries
- Promoting difficult because most writers are introverts. Do publishers promote?
- Dealing with unsympathetic characters
-Changes in her writing
-Rights to film and videos
Video was debuted for the Art & Words Festival: Slowly Falling Down by Barb Dann, Maggie Guzzi and Gordon Halloran
Next Meeting reminder: Thursday, June 23, 2022. Panel on Writing and Editing for Magazines and Newspapers– Bronwyn Beairsto, Jan Degrass, Stephanie Taylor
Thursday, September 22nd 7-8:30 -AGM , election of council and planning. Needed; three council members for Publications, Membership, and Programs and Events.
Sunday, September 25th – Writers’ Workshop
Friday October 28th-7-8:30 Vesna, SFU Editing Program. Doris Good book launch, Profit Line.
Sunday, October 30th 4-6 p.m, Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, November 24th 7-8:30 - Ruth Rodgers, Charmaine MacDonald on Writing Historical Fiction and Book Cover Design.
Thursday, December 22 - Cathalynn Cindy Labonte-Smith, discusses the Art of the Interview and her book Rescue Me: Search and Rescue Memoirs. Seasonal Party
SCWES Meeting Minutes Thursday April 28, 2022
Introductions and acknowledgement that we are meeting on the traditional, unceded territory of the Shishalh Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) Nation.
Cathalynn (Cindy) Labonte-Smith, Chair. Doris Good, Treasurer, Stephen Smith, Webmaster, Elspeth Richmond, Recorder
Jennie Tschoban, Robin Lamarche, Ruth Ritchie, Maggie Guzzi, Megan Cole, Guest speaker.
1. Approval of March Meeting Minutes
Moved and seconded: Robin Lamarche, Stephen Smith
2. Update on grant applications from towns of Gibsons and Sechelt
Gibsons: $1,000 cash and $1,000 in kind for venue and celebration, if available.
Sechelt: $884 for venue that will go back to District of Sechelt
3. Update on Art & Words: one artist has withdrawn, Jane Clark, poet and painter, will take their place, as well as Rosa Reid’s grandson.
4. Update on Beachcombers contest:
Have widened the scope to all of BC.
5. Anthology: Not an Island
Get submissions in. Deadline – May 16th, 2022
6. Guest Speaker:
Megan Cole From Powell River, is a food enthusiast with an impressive resume: journalist, culinary writer, CBC broadcaster, blogger, creative nonfiction writer, memoirist, and director of programming and communications for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes (megancolewriter.com).
Her interviewing skills were honed as a journalist; she spoke about interviewing people following a landslide disaster on Kootenay Lake. (http://theglobeandmail.com/.../landslide.../article4413816). At first, she was conduit for other people’s stories; later became a conduit for her own story.
She watched cooking shows on TV with her grandfather, including James Barber’s. This led to a career in culinary journalism.
As a young woman she suffered from body image distress and mentioned the positive discussion of the problem in the book What We Talk About When We Talk About Fat. She loves research, interviewing and being in conversation with other writers.
Megan generously read selections from her present work-in-progress, a memoir of a journalist (herself in the third person), working title, "Nice Boys Don’t Kiss Like That", and spoke about her writing practice and answered questions from the floor, such as, Is it easier to write in the third person when writing about personal trauma?
She discussed moving around time using sign posting and flashbacks. Using personal experience as a portal. Universal and reflective themes in context, and following your curiosity
She mentioned several works during her talk including Tree Thieves, Lyndsie Bourgon, Eating Dirt, Charlotte Gill and What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Fat, Aubrey Gordon
7. New business – No new business.
8. Next meetings:
- SUNDAY, May 1st, 4-6 pm, Writer's Workshop virtual.
- FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022, 7 PM – 8:30 PM - Frances Peck’s hybrid book launch of The Broken Places (francespeck.com).
- SUNDAY, MAY 29th, 4 - 6 pm - Writer’s Workshop hybrid meeting.
1. Met at a coffee shop due to change of door combination at Arts Council centre.
Business Meeting -
Pass February Minutes
Membership has grown to 48 members.
Art and Words - Davis Bay Tea is sponsoring tea refreshments. Should have news about the Town of Sechelt grant by the next meeting.
Writer in Residence - No news
Writer’s Workshop - Sunday, March 27th, 4 to 6 pm, will be led by Heather Conn.
Beachcomber’s Contest - Town of Gibsons grant of $1000 cash and $1000 in kind. No news on Sechelt grant.
Name of Anthology - Not An Island adopted.
Megan Cole (megancolewriter.com) from Powell River will be here for April Meeting. SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH Writer’s Workshop with Heather Conn and APRIL 30th, 4 – 6 PM - Writer’s Workshop.
2. Program - 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Well Targeted Travel Writing with Elizabeth Rains and Barb Rees
Elizabeth Rains, an accomplished magazine writer, editor and publisher. Teaches at S.F.U. - Travel Writing then & now. Her main point in travel writing is to include two things whatever your personal focus is and what the public/current issues are and combine them.
Barb Rees travel writer and artist, genre Going RV. Her adventures of many years, with her husband RV traveling.
She self publishes and often sells them at farmers markets and other towns and community events. She also includes maps.
Next meeting April 28 will be moved from the Arts Centre (note: this information added after meeting)
SCWES FEBRUARY 24th, 2022 MINUTES
C. Labonte-Smith (Chair) Rosa Reid (VP) Stephen Smith (Web & Presenter)
Anton Young Robin Lamarche Mike Starr Coro Saress
1. Business Meeting - Start 7:00 pm
Passed January Minutes - Cindy moved. Stephen Seconded. All so moved.
Introductions - two new members (Mike and Coro) and one other attendee (Anton)
Sunshine Coast Cultural Alliance - Art Crawl October participation request submitted to Sunshine Coast Arts Council
Venue for Art and Words - Mission Point House booked. Day before is booked as well. (Wednesday, August 10th) for hanging and a rehearsal.
Art and Words meeting held.
In attendance: Cindy Labonte-Smith, Rosa Reid, Maggie Guzzi, Barb Dann, Robin Lamarche, Marilyn Sadik, Jan DeGrass, Greta Guzen, Kasi Krolikowski, Roger Handling.
Barb, Greta, Marilyn, and Maggie are in charge of overseeing the hanging of the overall exhibit.
Roger Handling volunteered to help out with signage layout. Suggested simple signage–Art & Words, and Vital Signs as vendor.
Volunteers still needed, if anyone not involved already with the show can pitch in for book sales and other events.
Cindy will put out a call for performers in between performances, and contact Linda Williams re: borrowing arrow signs. Also, contact Siobhan Smith re: signage bylaws and hanging hardware for house.
Jan has display racks for cards and books she can bring for sales. Forms of payments can be etransfer, cash, or cheque.
Labels for artwork will be on cardstock and secured with white putty.
Framing will be sourced by Marilyn, Barb and Maggie.
Public Art Piece may be done on the picnic table. Concern that there might not be enough volunteers to help with everything so lower priority.
Writer in Residence - Summer with Cap U, grant application progress, libraries, Rockwood Lodge - letter to Mayor, Sechelt Grant - April announcement. Waiting for response for our grant application from BC Gaming for $12,000. Also, from the Mayor of Sechelt for space at Rockwood Lodge, that formerly held Writers’ Retreats there.
Writer’s Workshop - Sunday February 27. Come all, no matter your level with your work-in-progress. If you’re having trouble starting, we can help you with that too.
Beachcomber’s Contest - Waiting for Town of Gibsons $2000 grant news. Persephone may have a new home. We have a $3000 grant from Sunshine Coast Credit union already and 13 generous sponsors. Please ENTER.
Poster helpers - Posters distributed.
Need Programs person on the Board - Tabled until the Fall. All the programs are filled until June.
News - Any book launches? Announcements? - None.
Name of Anthology? - Suggestion Seawest suggested by Marilyn. Summer deadline - May 15th. We will turn our anthologies into a book at the end of the year.
Other business? - None.
Next meeting - March 24th - Guest - Barb Rees of Powell River - Travel Writing and she will be at the Writers Workshop too.
2. Program - Steve Smith - Creating Books using KDP for Amazon. Q&A. 7:30 - 8:30 pm - The slides are on the scwes.ca website now if you missed this valuable presentation.
SCWES January Meeting Minutes
7 p.m. January 24, 2022
Cathalynn Cindy Labonte-Smith, Chair Jan DeGrass
Elspeth Richmond, Secretary Jeremy Cairns
Doris Good,Treasurer Elizabeth Rains
Greg Ioannu, Iguana Books Caitlin Hicks
Lee Parpart, Iguana Books Maggie Guzzie
Lorraine Toor, Page Two Books Marilyn Brown Stephen Smith
1. Publisher Presentations
Lorraine Toor, singer-song writer, Page Two Books (https://pagetwo.com/)
· Hybrid publisher
· Has been publishing for 20 years
· Publishes mostly non-fiction, some children’s, mainly health and wellness
· Self-Publishers, print on demand, includes sales and distribution
Greg Ioannou, Iguana Books (http://www.iguanabooks.ca/) ( freelance editor, trained at Doubleday
Iguana Books (1992)
· Successful after the first two projects
· Author control process
· Print on Demand
· Publishes on any topics- wide range of publishing models
· Is not in trade bookstores
· Worldwide but focus is worldwide
· Hybrid publishing benefit - Question: (Lee Parpart - editor who loves to write) Hybrid publishing is faster
· Has a guide on building an audience on social media
Jennie Tschoban , Gibsons, Tales & Lies My Baba Taught Me.
· Problem getting into trade bookstores – article in Toronto Star helped. Finally got it into Smiths, Upper Canada Mall -big date.
· Self-promotes her work.
2. Questions and Comments for Guests:
Marilyn Brown: Re Quest for Body Image -on the copyright and distribution
trials of publishing, copyright and distribution
Jeremy Cairns: (Shut Up and Write Group, Vancouver): has a blog – building an audience on social media crowd sourcing
Elizabeth Rains: publishing playing the local card, searching on key words, targeting, key word auctions
(A sponsored search auction (SSA), also known as a keyword auction, is an indispensable part of the business model of modern web hosts. It refers to results from a search engine that are not output by the main search algorithm, but rather clearly separate advertisements paid for by third parties.)
Value of serializing? Including offering one free chapter
Stephen Smith publishes technical computer programming, non-fiction., sci-fi
Self publishes using Kindle Direct (Amazon) On demand; however, his three Rasbperry Pi programming books are published by a traditional publisher, APresss.
Kindle Direct - Working with a publisher. Can submit chapter by chapter
All have ISBNs which is a free service. You provide table of contents. Benefits of Amazon – world-wide exposure
Maggie- ISBN experience -husband’s book
3. Shut Up and Write Discussion (Jeremy Cairns, organizer, is moving to Vancouver Island). SUW is an international organization with 850+ members who don’t pay to join. The Local Vancouver group meets every Saturday for two hours, online now, usually at VPL. Write for two hours in silence, then one hour for chat. Produced an Anthology: A Sentence for a Saturday. Discussion re Joining SCWES – Pros and Cons – there are SUW groups in Powell River and Victoria – general feeling not in favour due to newness of our organization.
4. Local SCWES Information
- Kudos for the website
- Has received $3000 from SC Credit Union
- Has applied for a grant from District of Sechelt
- Membership Directory in in the works
- Cindy and Rosa to meet with the Sechelt Arts Council re meeting next Friday about meeting space and possible coordination. Outcome – we have a physical home
- Caitlin spoke about successful self-publishing audio books.
- Board vacancies - Doris was voted in as Treasurer. Temporary vacancy for a Secretary while Elspeth takes three months off for health reasons.
Adjourned 8:45 pm
The following meetings to be held at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0 (604) 885-5412
February 24th, 7 pm-8:30 pm, Monthly Meeting
Februrary 27th, 1-3 pm, Writer’s Workshop. Steve Smith will provide a demo of publishing to Amazon.
March 24th, 7 pm-8:30 pm, Monthly Meeting
March 27th, 1-3 pm, Writer’s Workshop
Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society Meeting
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 7 pm
Members: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Chair, Rosa Reid, VP, Elspeth Richmond, Secretary, Elizabeth Rains, Atma Frans, Stephen Smith, Webmaster
Announcement of Grant approval from Sunshine Coast Credit Union for Beachcombers Contest in the amount of $3000, which means we will have enough funds to produce an anthology of the winners.
January 24th Zoom Meeting - Indie Publishing
Adjourned – 8:15 pm
Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society Meeting
Monday, November 22, 2021 7 pm
Members: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Chair, Elizabeth Rains, Kristie Aleksich, Jeff Hortobagyi,
Julia Dodge, Paddy Blenkinsop, Robin Lamarche, Elspeth Richmond, Secretary
Guests: James Penco, Greystone Books, Rolf Maurer, New Star Books, Adrienne Mason,
Hakai Magazine, Isabelle Southcott, qathet Living Magazine, Jan DeGrass
Approval of October's Minutes (unavailable will be approved in December meeting)
Trends in Publishing Panel
Books - James Penco, Greystone Books and Greystone Kids
James discussed the evolvement of Greystone initially from Douglas McIntyre. Their focus is
nature, sustainability, ecology, the environment and social issues. They publish 25-30 adult and
15 children’s books annually.
They are looking for submissions: books with a strong sense of the author’s voice, diversity of
approaches, experiences of nature from different perspectives.
They print overseas, usually six months ahead. Booking for reprints doesn’t influence
Rolf Maurer, New Star Books
Rolf mentioned the heartwarming news about the book trade since Covid, both for publishers
and independent book sellers. New Star is literary focussed, publishes experimental poetry,
literary fiction, and socially-conscious nonfiction since 1972. They are looking for:
· what readers want, not what is trending on social media
· works that engage conversation
· books that describe what the author is feeling
New Star - doesn’t dumb down
· Be aware of which publisher for which you are writing
· Cruise the bookstores
· Channel people – editors vis a vis salespeople
Isabelle Southcott, qathet Living Magazine (prliving.ca) (Powell River, in print and online,
publishes twice yearly)
Looks for good stories focussing on local people, activities and events, although local can mean
district and provincial focus.
Adrienne Mason, Hakai Magazine (email@example.com)
Hakai was established by the Hakai Institute in 2015, which is funded by the Tula Foundation.
The online magazine which publishes short and feature-length journalistic stories 3,000-6,000
words on topics related to coastal science, ecology and local communities, breaking news re:
environment. Digital only. Advice: Check out their website before submitting.
Jan DeGrass (www.jandegrass.com)
Lessons Learned on "Elemental" Anthology by six Gibsons Writers, 2014
Print version only-theme four elements: earth, fire, air, water
Took longer to get it printed because they wanted to get it right.
Was circulated in local stores and Talewind Books, following a book launch.
It was non-profit, therefore no tax issues.
Advice: Hire an editor, take longer to edit.
For James Penco (Greystone): Is there a reason that Greystone does not publish fiction?
They do publish children’s books and cookbooks. See Orca Books for children’s books.
Rolf Maurer (New Star) successfully publishes poetry.
SCWES online anthology Winter Edition
Deadline passed - good entries, short stories and poetry – publication date TBD
Arts and Words - still undecided where these will be shown -in one artist’s studio, or in the
auditorium following the Sechelt Writers festival, or a mini art crawl.
We’re looking for sponsors for Beachcomber’s 50th Anniversary contest Anthology, and will
apply to Town of Gibsons for $2000 in January.
Paddy Blenkinsop, member, Sunshine Coast Arts Council, offered to liaise with the Council
regarding writing workshops, venue for one-night Arts and Words evening during Sechelt
There is $400 in our account
Christmas Party (Virtual)
December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
- December 21st Zoom Meeting - Virtual Christmas Party
- Art & Words - Matches
Adjourn – 8:21 pm
Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society
October 22, 2021
Cathalynn (Cindy) Labonte-Smith, President,
Rosa Reid, Vice President
Elspeth Richmond, Secretary
Rik Jesperson, Coast Reporter
Whistler & Vancouver Writing Festival Sharing
Cathalynn (Cindy) reported on Whistler Writers Fest Seminar on Publishing Insights
Trends in Publishing
- Speculative fiction + Imaginary worlds - There you go, Elizabeth.
- Nonfiction + Understanding the world better. Ecology, etc. Susan Renouf
- Graphic novels + adult and children, for reluctant readers
- Pandemic - Not looking for pandemic content.
The panel included:
Shira Rose, Anansi Press, Janice. Harper Collins, Nita Pronovost, Simon and Schuster, Fiction
Their number one tip was even if their website says no unagented submissions, send in a proposal.
Elizabeth suggested calling to congratulate new editors at publishing houses to open a conversation
Introduction of Board (Temporary)
- Cathalynn Cindy Labonte-Smith, President
- Rosa Reid, Vice President
- Elspeth Richmond, Secretary
- Stephen Smith, Webmaster
Contact one of the Board members if you wish
· Treasurer - Keeps accounts, and financial and banking records. Helps create the annual budget with the other board members, and files annual financial statements for the province.
· Membership Secretary- Keeps records, collects and deposits dues. Submit profiles online (if that’s what the membership wants to do.)
· Events Co-ordinator - Books meeting venues. Organizes social events and special interest groups, such as book clubs and workshops.
· Marketing Co-ordinator- Promotes events and projects.
· Newsletter- In charge of online content (updated as required) working with the Webmaster news, events, contests and other relevant events. Editor works with contributors for time-sensitive content, like book launches, readings and other membership news.
Membership Application, Cards, and Bylaws - No questions. Cards/Receipts will be sent out by Cindy to paid members. Refer to the SCWES website www.scwes.ca
Purpose of the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Association
The organization is open to anyone who wants to write or edit. The purpose is to unite writers, including new writers, to present workshops and opportunities for peer reviews, for networking and provide time to sit down and write. There are approximately twelve members including memberships in the mail. See website: www.scwes.ca
Proposed Project and Discussion
The Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary Contest 2022
Theme: The Beachcombers TV Series 50th Anniversary calling for submission of fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, one-act plays; possible category for under 18 (young adult entries).
Cindy is in the process of applying for grants from the Town of Gibsons, $2000 (March 2022 deadline), Sunshine Credit Union, $3,500 and the Chamber of Commerce – query sent no specific amount. The purpose of the grants would be for prize money for the winners of the writing contest as well as funds for an anthology of winning entries to the contest and for an award ceremony banquet for winners.
Discussion followed regarding the proposed timeline partly because of supply chain issues. Some discussion regarding the ambitious timeline for the contest – i.e. October 1st, 2022. Also, that the anthology could be online. Cindy suggested the link to the 50th Anniversary of The Beachcombers’s summer (2023) is important.
A working group was proposed to be formed in November to work on details.
Cindy has secured:
- Jackson Davies (Constable John Constable, teaches at acting at Cap
- Vince Ditrich (of Spirit of the West fame and author of The Liquor Vicar)
- Kico Gonzalez-Risso (Playwright/Translator
- Iona Wishaw (author of the nine books of Lane Winslow Series of mystery books with more on the way)
- Jan Poynter and Charmaine Bayntun for the cover art. Judge still needed for kids’ colouring contest.
Member needs and goals
- Workshop group to form.
-Social meeting for December with Rosa as organizer. Cindy already has party favours made. Rosa has table decorations planned. Rosa and Cindy to find venue and set date and time.
- Meeting place and/or Zoom
- Meeting day of the week – Around the 22nd of the month.
New business - A monthly anthology will be posted online with member submissions. If you wish to be on the selection committee please let one of the board members know, thank you. If you want to enter a submission, hustle and get your membership application, membership fee, and your submission(s) of poetry, short stories, nonfiction, plays, scripts, no book chapters, please. 3000 words max.
Next Meeting Monday, November 22nd via Zoom at 7 pm.
Lessons Learned from Elementals anthology- Jan DeGrass from the Gibsons Writers Group.
Meeting Ended at 8:15 pm PDT