Meeting Minutes

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.

Reports:

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: deadline May 1, theme (optional) Balance. Robin would like some images from artists too, as this issue will be full colour.

Programs 2023:

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 sunshinecoastwritersandeditors@gmail.com 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 MINUTES, OCTOBER 28, 2022


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by President, Cathalynn Labonté-Smith.


Attendees: 

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

Choeb?


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


FUTURE MEETINGS

- 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


ATTENDEES

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.

6. Adjournment.

Fall Meetings.

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

Questions: 

- Promoting difficult because most writers are introverts. Do publishers promote?

- Dealing with unsympathetic characters

-Changes in her writing

-Rights to film and videos

- Communicating

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

Upcoming Meetings:

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

 

Adjournment: 8:35

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.

Present:

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.

MEETING

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.

Adjourn

SCWES March 24th, 2022


1. Met at a coffee shop due to change of door combination at Arts Council centre. 


Business Meeting - 

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)


Meeting adjourned.

SCWES FEBRUARY 24th, 2022 MINUTES


Attended: 

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

Art and Words meeting held. 


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

Attendees:

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.

 

https://www.coastreporter.net/local-arts/tales-lies-tells-some-bittersweet-truths-3417321

 

On self-publishing:

·      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

(Virtual)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 7 pm

Present:

Members: Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, Chair, Rosa Reid, VP, Elspeth Richmond, Secretary, Elizabeth Rains, Atma Frans, Stephen Smith, Webmaster

Society Business

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. 

Social


January 24th Zoom Meeting - Indie Publishing

Adjourned – 8:15 pm

Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society Meeting

(Virtual)

Monday, November 22, 2021 7 pm

 

Present:

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

 

Society Business

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

publication decision.

 

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

·      diversity

New Star - doesn’t dumb down

Advice:

·      Be aware of which publisher for which you are writing

·      Cruise the bookstores

·      Channel people – editors vis a vis salespeople

 

Magazines

 

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 (editor@hakaimagazine.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. 

 

Questions

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.

 

New Business

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

Writer’s Festival.

 

Financial Report

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

 

Moved

Seconded


MINUTES

Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society

October 22, 2021

7:00 p.m

 

Present:

Cathalynn (Cindy) Labonte-Smith, President,

Rosa Reid, Vice President

Elspeth Richmond, Secretary

Rik Jesperson, Coast Reporter

Elizabeth Rains

Sandra Robinson

Heather Conn

Karen Abramson

Jennie Tschoban

Jeff Hortaobagyi

Jennifer McGarry

Susan Chambers

 

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:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/authors/306927/amanda-betts

https://ecwpress.com/pages/susan-renouf-executive-editor-at-large

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

Business

 Introduction of Board (Temporary)

    - Cathalynn Cindy Labonte-Smith, President

    - Rosa Reid, Vice President

    - Elspeth Richmond, Secretary

    - Stephen Smith, Webmaster

 

Open Positions

Contact one of the Board members if you wish

to volunteer.

·       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).

Grants

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.

Contest Judges 

Cindy has secured:

    - Jackson Davies (Constable John Constable, teaches at acting at Cap

      U) 

   - 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