Hello Writers! With February coming fast, don’t forget to mark these important dates in your calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
Saturday, February 2nd – Introductory Screenwriting
Join Michelle Muldoon on 1193 Grant Street for an extensive introductory screenwriting course. This events is for writers and filmmakers alike and will cover format, structure, plot, character development, budgeting and networking. The course instructor Michelle is a former board member of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and winner of Best Drama Screenplay Award in the 2008 AOF International Film Festival. Michelle is a singer/ songwriter and the creator of the Vancouver International Women in Film Screenplay Competition. If you’re looking to take a screenwriting course, this event gives you the chance to learn from the best.
Wednesday, February 6th – Sketch Level 2
This advanced writing intensive with Jackie Blackmore (professional actress and award-winning playwright) is to help comedic writers continue to develop their voice and sketch comedy ideas. Level 1 sketch writing is a prerequisite as this course is to help emerging comedy writers fine tune and polish their work. Starting on February 6th and ending March 13th students will brainstorm, generate, write and polish exceptional comedic sketches. If you’re looking to laugh while you write, this is the workshop to take.
Saturday, February 9th – Grant Writing for Artists
At the SpencerCreo Centre on February 9th, Mary Ann Anderson will be hosting the Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture Workshop Series: Grant Writing for Artists. This workshop is to help disabled artists find the funding they need to turn their writing passions into a tangible goal. Even if you’re not a disabled person, it’s a great event to attend to network and meet Mary Anne Anderson the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting, which provides consultation and grant money to writing, research and arts. Check out Little Dog Creative Consulting website for grant deadlines.
Sunday, February 10th – Writer Interrupted
Join writer, editor and manuscript consultant Janet Fretter at Vancouver Harbour Centre for TWS Community Worshop: Writer Interrupted. This workshop is meant to refocus writers on their work as life can get busy and often the creative process is left behind. Janet will talk about the 5 R’s: Reframe, Regroup, Recalibrate, Reignite and Reinforce, to help writers make their goals, meet their deadline and overall keep writing. This is an interactive workshop where all you need is a pen and some incomplete work.
Monday, February 11th – Vancouver Flash Fiction
Vancouver Flash Fiction is a critique circle for Flash Fiction writers to help provide feedback and hone skill. Flash Fiction is defined as a story of no more than a thousand words (Which can be a difficult feat for even the most seasoned writers). The purpose of this group is to help people connect and share, so whether you’re a Flash Fiction pro or new to this craft, join this writers in Yaletown on Monday February 11th from 7:00-9:00pm.
Tuesday, February 12th – Empower Writing Tuesdays
Lead by Communication Classics, M. Marcel, this life-writing event at 268 Keefer Streer will focus on belonging and community. The interactive workshop will help ignite your creative mind and storytelling with a focus on inspirations within your community. From 6:00-6:30 Marcel will guild you through Creative Sparks, you will then move into Free Writing from 6:30-7:00, then finish off your evening with a Story Circle. Goodies and tea are included, don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet like-minded writers and share your stories.
Saturday, February 16th – Real Vancouver Writers’ Series
The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is hosted by Dina Del Bucchia (author of three poetry books and a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award) and Sean Cranbury (writer, web designer and communications consultant). The event will feature six writers at the Russian Hall on Campell Avenue. The writers will read some of their work and talk about fundraising for writers who need support. This incredible series will feature Ian Williams (his novel Reproduction), Farzana Doctor (her novel All Inclusive), Eve Leslie (her book Murder by Milkshake), Alex Leslie (his book We all need to Eat), Shazia Hafiz Ramji (her book Port of Being) and Brandi Bird (nominated for Indigenous Voices for Unpublished Poetic Piece)
Sunday, February 17th – Marlon James and the Creative Process
Marlon James is a Jamaican writer of three published novels: John Crow’s Devil, The Book of Night Women and A Brief History of Seven Kings. He is a winner of the Booker Prize and the American Book Award, as well as being nominated for countless other prestigious awards. On February 17th at Waterfront Theatre, Marlon will be talking to Ian Williams (author of Not Anyone’s Anything and assistant professor at UBC) about his creative process and his upcoming novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf. This is a great opportunity to meet other writers and gain inspiration.
Wednesday, February 20th – Darrel J. McLeod on Resilience in Storytelling
Cree writer from treaty eight territory in Northern Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod won the Governor General’s Award for his memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Darrel works in international affairs for the Assembly of First Nations and has overcome many adversities as an gay aboriginal man with a transgender sibling. On February 20th at the Vancouver Public Library, Darrel will be talking about how real life experiences compel a writer even in fictitious stories. This is a great opportunity to gain insight on working your own life experiences into your writing.
Thursday, February 21st – Vancouver Screenwriters Meetup Group
Organized by Rene Claveau of Diegesis Productions and Jennifer Storm an award-winning writer, Vancouver Screenwriters Meetup Group is a community-based gathering to help screenwriters and filmmakers discuss, collaborate, network and pitch. Join them on the third Thursday of every month to share your experiences as a screenwriter.