Art Beat: Writer in residence program seeks donations

Good article in the Coast Reporter:

Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society Writer in Residence Application Spring 2022

Our new Writer in Residence program promotes BC writing and literature to Sunshine Coast's friendly, creative citizens. During a three-month residency, a worthy BC writer based on the Sunshine Coast will spend 60% of their time working on their own project and 40% of their time mentoring writers, conducting workshops, giving public readings, and participating in other programs to share their experience and talent with the writing community. The program will provide time and resources for an author to write in an idyllic village just steps from the ocean.

Covid has put a strain on writers who work at home yet isolates them from the community. The Sunshine Coast provides a safe space to share your gifts with growing and developing authors. We are crowd-funding the project at: for this unique and prestigious opportunity in the popular tourist destination of the Sunshine Coast (

How to apply:

For the April-June term, submit the following by March 15th, 2022:

  • A letter of intent explaining why you want this residency and what you’ll work on.

  • List of selected publications, appearances, events, residencies, mentorships, awards, and other relevant experience, and education.

  • Sample of your published work (25 pages max.) .

  • Two letters of reference about your abilities as a writer, presenter, mentor and host of literary activities.

  • Submit your application to


  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and a BC resident.

  • Active in the writing community, with a strong record of publication and community engagement. Comfortable and willing to engage with the public one-on-one and in group settings.

  • Candidates must be fully vaxxed with a passport in order to enter some facilities.

  • We invite applications from writers in all genres, ethnicities, abilities and orientations.

Sunshine Coast Writer and Editor has a new Home

The Board is pleased to tell you that we have become partners with the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and have a new physical home to hold our meetings at the spacious Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0, Phone: (604) 885-5412. Thanks to Paddy Blenkinsop's and Sadira Rodrigues’s efforts our next monthly meeting will be held:

Thursday, February 24th, 7-8:30 pm and the March meeting will be Thursday, March 24, 7-8:30 pm.

We will hold our first writer’s workshop, starting with a demo by Stephen Smith on self-publishing books to Amazon, then participants will decide how they will submit works-in-progress for reading and critiquing for the next workshop. The writer’s workshop will be held:

Sunday, February 27th, 1-3 pm and on Sunday, March 27th 1-3 pm.

As the weather improves, we may be able to meet outside.

Covid Precautions: The venue has a maximum capacity for 60 participants at this time. We have under 25 members, so there’s plenty of room to keep 2 metres apart even if everyone shows up, including guests. Please wear a mask for when you’re not seated and are moving through the venue. BC Covid Vaccination Passports are mandatory and will be scanned at the door. There are washrooms available.

There is a kitchen for making tea and coffee, and a dishwasher, sink, microwave, and fridge. Bring your own mug if you’re not comfortable using the mugs provided. We are expected to clean up after ourselves.

NOTE: If there are changes to the Public Health Order and we are not permitted to meet in person, we will switch the meetings to Zoom. At this time, it’s not possible to have both in-person and Zoom running simultaneously. Thanks for understanding.

EVENT: Literary Reading Series kicks off this coming week with a free online reading by Andrew Scott on via Zoom on Feb. 5 at 7 pm. Register at

Literary Readings on the Sunshine Coast - Spring 2022

Spring series: Andrew Scott, Jennica Harper, Amanda Leduc and Michael Christie.

We look forward to having you join us for the readings by the Canadian authors.

Andrew Scott has been involved in the book business throughout his working life and beyond. He is author of 7 books including the Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, for which he was awarded the Roderick Haig-Brown Prize and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal. Andrew is also a seasoned traveller, and his latest book is Under the Bright Sky: A Memoir of Travels through Asia. As some of you will know, Andrew lives amongst us here on the Coast. ( Reading: Sat. Feb. 5th.)

Jennica Harper is both a poet and a writer for TV. She has received numerous awards for her TV scripts, and for her poetry she received the Dorothy Livesay prize. She has published 3 poetry collections, her latest being Bounce House, which is a series of poems about her experience as a young mother with a very active daughter and a dying mother, she herself caught between the two. Intensely personal with emotions from grief to joy, Jennica seeks through her work to uncover the authenticity of her reactions to this period of her life. (Reading: Sat. Feb. 26th.)

Amanda Leduc has written two novels and a non-fiction book Disfigured in which she analyses and convincingly criticizes the use of disability in fairy tales. Disabled herself, she points out how disability appears as an affliction that a person has to overcome in order to join the healthy society; think of Beauty and the Beast. Her latest work, The Centaur’s Wife, written at the same time as Disfigured, presents the issue in fictional form and makes use of fairy tales which she herself has created. “The novel,” writes Robert Wiersema, “is as grand a book as you are likely to read this year,”. (Reading: Sat. March 19th.)

Michael Christie, a widely acclaimed and popular author, has written three works of fiction. His latest , Greenwood, long-listed for the Giller Prize, is an epic following the turbulent fortunes of an unusual “family” (loosely defined) through four generations, from 2038 to 1908 and back again. But it is also a parable, warning about the potential fate of forests and the vision of a world after the environmental collapse. Greenwood is divided into 9 sections, like 9 short stories, and is full of dramatic incidents that create anticipation and keep you reading. (Reading: Sat. April 9th.)

The readings are all offered via Zoom

To register: Go to:

All readings are at 7.00 pm.

There is no charge for the readings, but donations are welcome.

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize Opens

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize opens this week on Saturday, January 1st!

Winning the CBC Nonfiction Prize comes with a few perks. You could win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have your work published on CBC Books. The deadline to enter is February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The winner of the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize was Chanel M. Sutherland with her story Umbrella, you can read her winning piece here.

Elegant Literature Magazine

For new, unpublished writers, Elegant Literature Magazine wants your original writing in any genre for monthly contests and more. This month's theme is Dire Days.

They accept submissions in all genres, from anyone aged 13 and up. They pay 10 cents/word and publish stories between 500 - 2000 words. Their contract is favourable to the author and openly available on their website. Pros aren't allowed to submit in order to focus on aspiring talent.

+1 647 932-0932 ext. 800

Creative Nonfiction Writing Course (Online) February for 8 weeks

Want help with writing creative nonfiction about a challenging personal or controversial subject, or know someone who does? Register for SCWES member, Heather Conn’s, online course, Writing from Pain to Power, offered through University of King's College, an affiliate of Dalhousie U. The 8-week course will start Feb. 23 and run until April 13, 3:30 to 6:00 PST. Will include in-class exercises with an emphasis on supportive critiques and inclusive discussions. Find out more and register at this link (scroll down to the end for my workshop):

Upcoming Magazine Submissions, Contests and Other Deadlines

Looking for magazines to publish your literary or nonfiction pieces in? This is a good comprehensive list:

Art & Words

Get matched with one of these awesome Coast artists and either write a poem, flash fiction, or creative non-fiction response to one of their pieces, have them create a visual response to one of your written pieces, or collaborate to come up with something entirely new.

Paddy Meade -

Gigi Hoeller -

Phillipa Sokazo - Sokazo@ Instagram

From the October 22, 2021 Meeting:

December’s meeting will be a social seasonal event organized by Rosa Reid, VP. If you wish to attend, or volunteer to help organize, sign up at Guests welcome.

We are now accepting submissions of poetry, short stories, nonfiction and scripts for an anthology (online). Deadline is November 22nd. 3000 word limit. Members only, but you can apply at time of submission. Submit your writing to by sharing a Google Doc link, or with an attachment, such as .PDF, .docx, .rtf, or even an ancient .doc file.

Volunteers needed for anthology selection, proofing and production. To volunteer contact Cindy at

In dire need of a Treasurer! Contact Cindy at to volunteer.