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SWC at Art in the Park this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday,  August 16 & 17, at at Ed MacGregor Park,
on West Coast Road in Sooke

At our table: books and art plus  writers and information on the Collective.


Scribblers – Sooke Writer’s Collective Anthology One – Contents include stories, postcard stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction by collective members, as well as the winning entries from the 2014 Edward Milne Community School student writing contest. Proceeds of sales go to future EMCS student writing contests, a 2015 anthology, and future writing events in the community.

History-of-LeechtownThe History of Leechtown – Part I by Bart van den Berk – based on the authentic journals and letters of the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition (VIEE) members. Central to the book is the most celebrated gold rush on Vancouver Island and the resulting establishment of Leechtown .


Dark_Fire-Angela_DorseyJuvenile fiction novels by Angela Dorsey – stories full of heart, adventure, the love of horses, and now and then, a touch of magic. Angela has had over 3 million novels for adventure-loving girls translated and published around the world. Two of her series and additional novels will be available.


Various art offerings by Collective Members – handmade journals, art cards, and paintings, plus garden art by guest artist Elaine Miller, the recent winner of the Children’s Choice award at the 2014 Sooke Fine Arts Show. She’ll be demonstrating painting techniques and some art projects for kids.  Also watch for dragons of the west coast,  art prints from the series “Fantasy in the West” by Paulina Pallot – a whimsical meeting of dragons and natural elements found on the West coast.


garden art by Elaine Miller

from the series "Fantasy in the West" by Paulina Pallot

from the series “Fantasy in the West” by Paulina Pallot




handmade journal by dl clay

handmade journals by dl clay

See you there – rain or shine!

Creative Action

Quoting Leonard Cohen from the book Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo

Before I can discard the verse, I have to write it… I can’t discard a verse before it is written because it is the writing of the verse that produces whatever delights or interests or facets that are going to catch the light. The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.

The website Brain Pickings reviewed Songwriters on Songwriting as
“[An] excellent and extensive treasure trove…[The] insights on songwriting extend to the broader realm of creative work in a multitude of disciplines…A magnificent read in its hefty totality.”

Read more here.


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View our anthology collection (seven of them!) at the Gallery by Sooke Arts Council. Number eight coming in 2021!

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