A few local and Canadian websites we visit and use, books that have inspired, motivated  and energized us.

write sites

Federation of BC Writers  Community of BC Writers

Room magazine  Canada’s oldest literary journal by, for, and about women.

Malahat Review   with a focus on Canadian and international poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

on spec magazine  the Canadian magazine of the fantastic

PULP Literature     Our motto is ‘good books for the price of a beer’. We don’t want to stretch your pocketbook, just your mind.

The League of Canadian Poets A professional organization for established and emerging Canadian poets

Creative Nonfiction magazine -  publishing creative nonfiction prose:  "True stories, well told"

Brevity Magazine - a journal of concise literary nonfiction

Haiku Foundation - English language haiku, lots of resources

. . . . . more links coming soon


a helpful pdf on Creative Writing workshop critiquing from Fred Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors

thoughtful books on writing and the writing life:

bird by bird - Anne Lamott

Hooked - Les Edgerton

How to Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

poemcrazy: freeing your life with words - Susan Wooldridge

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need - Blake Snyder

Story - Robert McKee

The 3 a.m. Epiphany - Brian Kiteley

The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within - Natalie Goldberg

Writing Fiction - Janet Burroway

Zen in the Art of Writing - Ray Bradbury

of course, more will be added!

Poetic Sites

The League of Canadian Poets - resources, connections etc. for Canadian poets

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate - The Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate is the official poet laureate of Canada. The position was created in 2001 as part of the Parliament of Canada Act. See current and former poets laureate & poems of the month

Canada’s Poets Laureate - map and links for various Poets Laureate throughout Canada (Sooke isn't on the map!)

Juan de Fuca poet laureate - Wendy Morton

The Elder Project
from the website:

Wendy Morton believes a poem is the shortest distance between two hearts.

Since 2010, Wendy has worked with school districts and other agencies on The Elder Project. She works with mainly First Nations and Inuit students. She trains them as poets, then she supervises their interviews with their Elders. These interviews are then turned into poems. The poems and the photographs of the students and the Elders are then published in a book to be used in the school districts. Wendy has completed thirteen Elder Project books.

Visit the website to read/see the books.

John Barton - Victoria's 2019 - 2022 Poet Laureate 

Watch: The Worldliness of Poetry
City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton and local poets Terry Ann Carter, Christine Walde, and Derk Wynand bring the world, near and far, that much closer.