News & Notes

Ready for 2019?

Don’t leave your writing in the closet!

Here’s some of what’s ahead:

We’re meeting this Wednesday, Jan 9th in the library at 6:30.
Discussion: planning your writing year, preparing for the anthology, potential retreats

The poets will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan 15th at 6:30 in the library and the screenwriters/playwrights will be meeting on the 17th at the A&W at 6:30.

Member feedback sessions are starting up again. Writers helping writers build skills and prepare for publication.

Join SWC to improve your writing health!  A $20 annual membership creates writing inspiration, offers the opportunity to be published in our annual anthology and helps create a strong writing community in the Sooke region.

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.


We have a launched a virtual spot for members to continue to connect, learn, share, give feedback and support.  Meetings will be held via Zoom or within the forum network now at

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Our Mission

To provide support, connection, inspiration and encouragement to writers* at all levels of development in the Sooke region through membership services which include monthly meetings and community outreach in the form of student writing contests, workshops and readings.

*please note this group is for adults

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