The national Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) and BC regional Federation of BC Writers (fbcw) teamed up to offer writers a weekend-long Spring Writer’s Retreat March 11th – 13th. On Friday evening at 7 o’clock, a Meet & Greet was hosted by The Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek.

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The next day at The Linwood House Tax Tips for Writers with George Opacic (9:30 AM), was followed by a networking lunch. Members chose their table host: Andreas Schroeder, Jane Davidson or Hal Wake.  Here’s Nicole Iverson, a BC Fed member.

(Photos by Heather Till)

#1redSPWW LUNCH w Andreas#2 LUNCH w Hal Wake copyAn afternoon with Sechelt’s Festival of the Written Arts Producer Jane Davidson and Hal Wake, Producer of the Vancouver Writers Festival in a discussion called  Inside the Festival Circuit (1:15 – 2:45) in the Great Room at The Linwood.

#6redSWW Carol introduces#8redSWW BIG ROOM (1)#4 Linwood from above copySaturday afternoon at the Gibsons Public Library at 3:30 with Meet the Author Book Table & Signing and a Workshop, Social Media Savvy for Authors with Sapha Burnell.

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The evening wrapped up at The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre with a Literary Cabaret @7:30 featuring authors and writers from both unions performing their work in short, prepared presentations.

Andreas Schroeder, left hosted with hilarity!


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Carol Shaben read from her non-fiction best seller: INTO THE ABYSS. JoAnne Bennison and her husband Greg (left). JoAnne read from her novel JINXED. Shelley Harrison Rae read poems from her book of poetry, LIFE LEAVES STAINS. There were ten readers altogether, each excellent.





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#10 Andreas et al copyAndreas Schroeder, Bruce Burrows and Mark Cameron discussing the book swap at intermission.

#9 3@ CABARET copyJanice Williams, Will Cummer and Magdelayne.  Janice read from her illustrated book, Sorting Out God, complete with illustrations brought in to accompany the reading.

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Caitlin Hicks read backstory from A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE.






Linda Thompson read poems: Shoulds for a Happy Bride & The Long Marriage









Judi Lees – It’s a mystery!


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Kara Stanley performing from FALLEN#3Westival Presenters copySPRING WEEKEND WORKSHOP producers & guest speakers. Front row: Caitlin Hicks Sunshine Coast Rep for Fed of BC Writers, Andreas Schroeder, MC for CABARET and Carol Shaben TWUC BC & Yukon Rep. Back row: Jane Davidson, Sechelt Festival of Written Arts, Hal Wake, Producer of Vancouver Writers Festival and Danika Dinsmore, TWUC and co-producer extraordinare of this event.

Thank you to George Opacic (TAX TIPS for Writers), Sapha Burnell (SOCIAL MEDIA), Paul of The Gumboot Cafe, Gwen McVicker of The Linwood and Heather Till (photographs) for all you contributed to this excellent weekend!