News & Notes

Find writing inspiration and community in 2024

Join SWC to support your writing or join to support writers in your community.

What’s in store:

– our 11th anthology – all members are eligible
– learning opportunities
– peer support, feedback
– workshops & events
– book promotion and sales at our market stalls
– community

General Meetings (open to all)

We meet to talk about the writing life, share our plans, arrange for feedback, brainstorm for the anthology, brainstorm where to submit writing, engage in community etc.
– SWC general meeting on Zoom, January 25th at 6:45 pm (email us for a link, all welcome)
– SWC general meeting in the Sooke library, Feb. 8 at 6:45pm

Member & Group Meetings

  • Down the Rabbit Hole (via zoom) is an informal hour-long monthly afternoon event providing an opportunity for members who are not available in the evenings, to connect in a relaxed Zoom setting, with other writers. It runs monthly on the 8th. Pour yourself a cup of tea, help yourself to a large slice of cake and join in the general chat about life and the challenges of writing … or writing and the challenges of life.  Created/Moderated by Clare Winstanley
  • Currently there are working groups for short prose, long prose, poetry and memoir. Most meet via Zoom once or twice a month but there will be opportunities to sometimes meet live once we move out of the winter season. These groups meet to share writing and receive feedback, discuss submission plans and are a great learning experience.  Thinking we need another kind/genre of writing group? Let’s talk about it.

When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time’. ~Stephen King


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:

View our events page for news of launches, events, workshops and more!

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.

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Funds collected  help grow the collective and bring programs and workshops to the community.

Thank You!!