Resources For Local Writers

Local Reading Series

Dead Poets Reading Series: Four or five readers present the work of a deceased poet from 3-5 PM on the second Sunday of every odd-numbered month (i.e. January, March, May, etc.), and are run out of the Vancouver Library’s Central Branch (Alice McKay Room), in Downtown Vancouver. (Presently on hold.)

In/Verse Online Poetry Series: Held on the second Saturday of each month, 2-3 pm online through the Federation of BC Writers, featuring 3-4 BC poets. Pre-registration required to attend.

Poets Corner Reading Series: A monthly reading series (now online) with an open mic, plus a youtube channel to listen to past featured readers, plus recordings by published poets reading one minute poems. Register in advance to attend readings.

Poetic Justice/Poetry New West: A monthly reading series with an open mic.

Real Vancouver Writers Series: There are four literary events per year featuring emerging and established writers from Vancouver and across Canada.

SFU Lunch Poems: Third Wednesday of every month from 12-1 pm (except the summer) featuring 2 published authors.

Surrey Muse: The group meets on the fourth Friday of each month except December in Room 405 at the City Center Branch of Surrey Libraries. Each gathering features an author, a poet and an artist/performer at varying levels of artistic development, followed by an open mic session. Recordings of the online readings available. (Online monthly for now at 5:30-7:30 pm)

Vancouver International Writers’ Festival: An annual festival held on Granville Island with readings, panels, interviews and more, featuring top notch award-winning writers from around the world. Also hosts a free public reading series, Incite, and an audio series, Books & Ideas.

Verses Festival of Words: An annual spoken word festival with performances and workshops organized by Vancouver Poetry House.

Wax Poetic: Every Wednesday, hosts RC Weslowski, Lucia Misch, Kevin Spenst, Zofia Rose and Johnny D. Trinh interview a spoken word artist, poet laureate, poet with a new book, or a poetry slammer on Vancouver Co-op Radio, CFRO 100.5 FM at 2-2:30 pm.

Word Vancouver: An annual free public festival in the autumn, featuring readings, panels and workshops.

The Writers Studio Reading Series: Held monthly at Hood 29 for current members and alumni of the Writer’s Studio, The Southbank Writer’s Program, local emerging writers and authors, and authors on book tours. Mixed genre, sometimes thematic, with occasionally a featured guest author. (Presently on hold.)

Workshops, Mentorships & Courses

Langara Continuing Studies: Offers non-credit courses in a variety of genres (drama, short story and more).

Learn Writing Essentials: A creative writing studio offering self-paced courses on writing, publishing, poetry, grant-writing, self-care and boundary-setting, plus private mentoring and coaching, and more.

Pandora’s Collective: Offers Book Talks, Word Whip sessions (writing sessions responding to writing prompts), readings and more in Vancouver, North Vancouver and White Rock. (On temporary hiatus.)

SFU Continuing Studies: A wide variety of non-credit courses in creative writing, including poetry and nonfiction. Mini-manuscript consultations for up to 15 pages of poetry with Evelyn Lau can be done by phone until pandemic restrictions ease (consultations available with others also). There’s an affordable Liberal Arts and 55+ Program which includes writing courses. The Writers Studio is offering a variety of community workshops. I will be offering one-off afternoon workshops entitled “Deep Writing” 2021 and co-teaching Poetry Series for the Weekend Student Jan-April 2022 with Evelyn Lau.

Spark Your Story: Nicole Breit provides a supportive online creative writing program focused on nonfiction and hybrid forms, covering form, the elements of craft, revision, getting past writer’s block, publication and more.

Surrey International Writers’ Conference: An intensive 3 days held annually in October with master classes, lectures, blue-pencil editing sessions and much more.

The Writers Studio (SFU) program: A one-year, part-time program in nonfiction, fiction, speculative fiction/young adult fiction, and poetry and lyric prose. Group workshops, cross-genre explorations, consultations with a mentor, and more.

UBC Creative Writing: Undergraduate Program, Master of Fine Arts Program and Continuing Studies.

Vancouver Community College (VCC): Offers some affordable beginner creative writing classes.

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive: Offers an intensive 6-month, in-depth, one-to-one mentorship program that pairs writers with a professional author to develop a manuscript, as well as one-on-one mentorships, plus online workshops.

Publication Information

Guide to Canadian literary magazines and journals (Source: CBC Books, 2017)

Submitting to literary magazines and journals (Source: The Writers Union of Canada)

Guide to Canadian Chapbook Publishers (Source: League of Canadian Poets, prepared by rob mclennan for National Poetry Month 2018) and Micro-presses in Canada (Source: prepared by Kitty Lewis, Brick Books, 2015)

Canadian Magazine Writing Contests (Source: National Magazine Awards, 2019) and Poetry Contests, Prizes &Awards across Canada (Source: League of Canadian Poets)

Publishers in Canada Book Publishers (Source: Literary Press Group Canada)

Getting Published (Source: The Writers Union of Canada)

How to put together a poetry manuscript (Source: Bob Holman & Margery Snyder for ThoughtCo)

Other resources for Poets (Source: League of Canadian Poets)