Writers’ Groups

Canadian Authors Association Groups

Burnaby Writers’ Circle
When: every second Monday, 7 pm
Where: Douglas Aitken’s home (Metrotown area)
Genre: fiction, memoir
Level: advanced
Tasks: critique submissions emailed and read before meetings with feedback at meetings
Size: 4, open to a 5th member
Contact: Doug Aitken, mou-fat@telus.net.

When: every last Thursday, 7 pm
Where: downtown Vancouver
Contact: Margaret Hume, mahume@telus.net

West Vancouver
When: every second Thursday
Where: Blenz coffee house, 6334 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay
Contact: Bernice Lever, blever2@hotmail.com

New Surrey Group
Note: planning a new group
Contact: Kay Schmitt mkayschmitt@gmail.com.

General Groups

South Fraser Valley:

Langley Writers’ Guild
When: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays, 10 am – 12 noon
Where: St. Joseph’s Church Hall, 20276 Fraser Highway, Langley, B.C.
Genre: All genres, including poetry (no erotica)
Level: New writers to professionally published writers
Tasks: critique, readings, guest speakers, writing workshops
Size: new members welcome
Contact: Deanna MacDonald, President, 604-530-0951; deannawrites7@shaw.ca

Pen & Inkling of North Delta
When: every second Tuesday A.M.
Where: members’ homes
Genre: mixed
Level: mixed
Tasks: writing support, critique
Size: 9 – not seeking new members
Contact: Dolores Taliunas (604) 594-7173

When: Monthly
Where: Members’ homes
Genre: Poetry
Level: Mixed
Tasks: Writing support, critique, readings
Size: 3 active, 1 at large. Guests welcome – New members by invitation to max. of 8
Contact: Del, scrivo_scrivo@hotmail.com

Ocean Park Writers’ Group
When: Tuesday afternoon, 12:30 to 2:30pm
Where: townhouse clubhouse
Size: 4 – needs 2 more members
Contact: Judith Worbeck, jaworbeck@hotmail.com

Circle of Writers
When: 1st Wednesday of month
Where: member homes, Surrey/W.Rock
Genre: mixed
Level: beginners
Size: 6 – new members welcome
Contact: Alice, (604) 536-1408, amanderson@telus.net

Ram’s Head Writers’ Group
When: weekly, Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Where: 4936 – 198 Street, Langley
Genre: mixed
Level: mixed
Tasks: critiques, readings, speakers
Size: new members welcome
Contact: Lisa Hatton, 604-534-6536, plan-it@shaw.ca, or Susan Flanagan 604-574-3867 flanagans@telus.net

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Critique
When: every Thursday 7:30pm
Where: ABC restaurant, Fraser Hwy & 152
Genre: mixed
Level: mixed
Tasks: critique
Size: new members welcome
Contact: Dana (604)533-3977

In Our Own Write
When: twice a month
Where: member homes, Surrey/Delta/Langley
Tasks: writing practice, readings, critique
Size: new members welcome
Contact: John Lewis (604)951-0061

White Rock & South Surrey Writers
When: 3rd Wednesday of month, 7-9pm
Where: White Rock Library – 15342 Buena Vista Drive, White Rock – est. 1973
Genre: mixed
Level: mixed
Tasks: critique, readings, writing support
Size: 12, new members welcome
Contact: Carol at 501-0934 or ca2003@shaw.ca

The Write Stuff
When: every 2nd week, daytime
Size: not seeking new members
Contact: Jody (604) 541- 8772

When: every 2nd Friday, 12:30-2:30 PM
Where: member homes
Genre: Mixed, mostly novels
Level: advanced
Tasks: critique, publication
Size: 4, accepting new members on occasion
Contact: Ed Griffin ed@edgriffin.net

Memoirs & Co.
when: twice a month
where: member homes
tasks: critique, publishers collections
size: not seeking new members
contact: Laura (604) 538-8438

The Hand
when: monthly
where: members’ homes
genre: all
level: mixed
tasks: critique, readings, editing, writing support and inspiration, networking
size: 8 – not accepting new members
contact: Bev Schellenberg email: baschellenberg@yahoo.ca

The Writers’ Group
when: most Wednesday’s 7:30pm
where: McDonalds Guildford on 152 St
genre: mixed
level: mixed
tasks: critique
size: new members welcome
contact: Dana (604)533-3977 littlewords@shaw.ca

North Fraser Valley:

Golden Ears Writers
When: 1st & last Friday every month, 1:45pm to 4:45pm
Where: Maple Ridge Library
Genre: fiction & non-fiction.
Level: mixed
Tasks: specific guidelines for bringing work for critique
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/GoldenEarsWriters,
Katherine Wagner educationwatch@gmail.com

Fraserview Writing Group
When: 3rd. Wednesday of month – 1:30pm
Where: Fraserview Rec. Ctr., Maple Ridge
Genre: mixed
Level: all
Tasks: critique, guest speakers, events
Size: 8-15, new members welcome
Contact: Elsie Cohen (604)463-1255

Writer Guild
Contact: Brenda Mathews, Box 34, Lake Errock, BC V0M 1N0

Port Moody Writers’ Workshops
When: Mondays, 7:00 to 9:30pm. Facilitator: Julie H. Ferguson
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Facilitator: Eileen Kernaghan
(Three semesters per year, 8-10 sessions per semester; fall, winter, and spring. $80-$100 per semester) Two summer sessions, July and August, Thursdays, 9:30am to noon. Facilitator: Julie H. Ferguson
Where: Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street behind the old City Hall, Port Moody
Genre: all
Level: all
Tasks: critique, editing help, writing and marketing tips, motivation and support
Size: maximum 13-14
Contact: For registration: Kyle Centre, Port Moody Recreation & Culture, 604-469-4561
For info: Julie H. Ferguson 604-469-1319

East Fraser Valley:

MSA Poets Potpourri Society
When: once a month – 7:00pm, established 1981
Where: Legal Grounds Coffee House, Abbotsford
Genre: all, a ‘potpourri’
Level: all
Tasks: workshops, readings, festivals, speakers, feedback, anthologies,
President-Brayden Sawatzky
Size: open, new members welcome
Contact: Donna Bishop (604)859-2798 or Jaye Low (604)309-4070

MSA Poets Potpourri Society (MSAPPS) now known as PPS
Established 1981
Genre: poetry, creative prose
Style(s): All welcome, it is a “Potpourri”
Level: all are welcome – beginners to published writers
Tasks: workshops, readings, festivals, speakers, feedback, anthologies  President: Brayden Sawatzky

Blue Moon Reading Series
When: once a month starting Apr.–Sept/07, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Clearbrook Library, Abbotsford, genre: poetry, creative prose
Level: all
Tasks: workshops, readings, festivals, speakers, feedback, publishes anthologies and chap books
Size: 30 +, new members welcome
Contact: Jaye Low (604)309-4070 or Shelley Haggard at shehag7@hotmail.com

Dog’s Head Theatre
When: varies
Where: Yarrow area
Genre: stage-play writing & performing
Level: mixed
Tasks: readings, critiques, guest speakers, retreats, workshops, performances, writing contests
Size: 10 – new members by invitation
Contact: John Carroll at majuba@shaw.ca

Hope Writers’ Guild
When: 2nd Monday of month
Where: members’ home is Hope
Genre: mixed
Level: mixed
Tasks: critiques, speakers, chapbooks
Size: new members welcome
Contact: Marilyn Meden (604) 869-5254 or mjmeden@telus.net

Sunshine Coast:

Forge Writing Group
when: last Sunday of month – 10am to 1pm
where: above the Marine Room, South Fletcher, Gibsons
genre: all
level: all
tasks: critique
size: full at 7, wait list for new groups
contact:Jan DeGrass (604)886-4692 or jandegrass@dccnet.com

The Write Touch Group
when: every 2nd Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm
where: Gibsons Elementary School Library, Gibsons
genre: all
level: beginners or new writers
tasks: supportive feedback, sharing of resources, attend readings together
size: full at 10, wait list through SCRD (604) 885-6801
contact: Carol Upton (604) 886-8951 or email through www.memorybooks.ca

Sunshine Coast Children’s Authors
When: alternating Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
Where: varies
Genre: children’s lit.
Level: all
Tasks: writing support, critique
Size: taking new members
Contact: Audrey Owen – aowen@dccnet.com

NoName Writing Group
When: every 3rd Monday, 10:00am
Where: member home
Genre: fiction and (creative) nonfiction
Level: advanced writing & workshopping
Size: 3, new members considered by submission
Tasks: present, critique, support, share resources
Contact: A Penne at aspenne@sunshine.net

Malaspina Writers’ Association
When: 1st Thursday of month
Where: members’ homes
Genre: all
Level: all
Tasks: critique, readings, workshops, registered organization
Size: 12, new members welcome
Contact: Allan Brown (Artistic Director) (604)485-5240 or allan@prcn.org