News & Notes

Writing Into 2023!

Sooke Writers’ Collective has been a part of the Sooke landscape since 2014 publishing annual print anthologies of stories, poetry and memoirs as well as two poetry chapbooks. From monthly meetings in the Sooke library to coping with the pandemic via various online tools, the Collective has continued to grow in membership.

Before there was the collective there was the Sooke Scribblers, active for several years. The group was founded by Shirley Skidmore and enjoyed many years of writing talk, feedback and friendship. To better identify us to the community, in terms of who we are and what we do, we changed our name to Sooke Writers’ Collective.

The collective is for writers in any genre and our intent is to provide community, support and writing practice for writers in the Sooke region (East Sooke, Sooke, Otter Point, and Shirley). We are also carrying on the long standing Scribblers’ tradition of hosting a writing contest for students of Edward Milne Community School and are making plans to expand the contest. One of the ways we raise money for the contest prizes and our online tools (Zoom and our private forum) is to create and sell an annual anthology of works by group members. To date there are nine print anthologies and the tenth is being planned for 2023.

Join now for our 2023 year!

The membership year runs January to December.
SWC annual membership: $35
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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

Meetings & Reminders

Upcoming Events:

Our next general meeting will be Thursday, February 8th at 6:45 pm in the Sooke Library - all welcome.

SWC has a virtual spot for members to continue to connect, learn, share, give feedback and support at  An annual membership gives you access to the forum, Zoom meetings, member gatherings & workshops as well as a spot in our annual anthology.

Stay informed about future meetings and events by signing up for SWC News.

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Make a donation to help us grow into a literary force in the Sooke Region.

Other ways to support us: buy our books, spread the word, join & write.
Funds collected  help grow the collective and bring programs and workshops to the community.

Thank You!!