December Meeting Notes

It was a fairly full meeting at the library. We had a great conversation about self publishing with Veronica giving us her insights and experiences with creating a platform and getting attention.

She told us about her Book Funnel where she uploads excerpts of books and creates campaigns to gain readers. She has also created a newsletter for her readers

See Veronica’s website and Facebook page to see how she promotes her books.

For those looking to be  published there are a number of routes depending on  what you write in terms of genre, type (novel, play, screenplay, poetry, creative non-fiction etc) and whether you are looking for a publisher, magazine/journal to publish you or want to self publish.

In the new year we will continue with this discussion.

In the meantime – some food for thought:
CBC books article: A guide to Canadian literary magazines and journals open to submissions

Members don’t forget!  The deadline to submit to our sixth anthology is March 15th.

Let’s target some feedback sessions in the new year.

**We are looking for patrons for the next anthology. If we can get businesses, individuals such as artists, editors etc. to advertise with us it provides connection to the community and helps with our print and launch costs.

See the guidelines here

Learning Opportunity

Award winning poet Wendy Morton is hosting a poetry workshop series in her home on the 4 Sundays from 1 to 3pm in January beginning January 6th.

Total cost: $80 for all 4 sessions –  limited space. Please sign up asap to ensure your spot and get ready to create poetry. Contact SWC for details.

Notes from our September meeting

Target practice

target practiceUsing some upcoming contests to incite writing, members will be gathering for several feedback sessions.


FBCW 2018 Flash Prose Contest – Theme: “How I Choose to Hibernate.”
The word length is anything below 650 words, and fiction and non-fiction are allowed.
Deadline October 1, 2018

2019 CBC Short Story Prize 
stories up to 2500 words in length
Deadline October 31, 2018

SWC Anthology
There’s only 6 months to the next anthology deadline! For those of you counting it will be number 6.

Upcoming feedback sessions available for members:  Sept 19, 26 and Oct 10

Another target for poets:

Back by popular demand, The Coast Collective is looking for POEMS for their 2019 Poetry and Artwork Exhibition:

For this show, we are inviting poets to send in their poems, which will be interpreted by artists in their 2D or 3D medium of choice. The artist will create artwork inspired by their poem of choice, and the poem and artwork will be displayed in the gallery together. This show will be held during National Poetry Month 2019.

Show Runs: April 3-14, 2019

Deadline to Submit Poems: November 28, 2018
Poets Notified of Interpreted Works: March 15, 2019

More information here.


Memoir Workshop & Reading with Yvonne Blomer – Sat.,  Sept 29
1-4pm at Edward Milne Community School, Sooke
Space is limited – register here

!Calling all playwrights and screenwriters in Sooke!

Interested in writing a play or screenplay? Sheila is starting up a sub-group!
Mark October 4 on your calendar
For more information contact the collective.


  • the poetry group meets Tuesday, Sept 18th at 6:30 in the library.
  • next SWC meetings – Wed. Oct 3rd, Nov. 7, Dec 5 – at 6:30 in the library
  • next poetry meetings – Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18 – at 6:30 in the library
  • playwrights/screenwriters – first meeting Oct. 4, 6:30 at the A&W