Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November 18 at Spoken INK: Historical Fiction

W. RUTH KOZAK is a Canadian historical fiction writer and travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. She publishes regularly in print and on-line travel magazines and is currently working on an e-book guide of Athens for a US publisher. A frequent traveler, she has lived several years in Greece and visits there regularly. She edits and publishes a travel e-zine Travel Thru History

Her first historical fiction novel, SHADOW OF THE LION about the fall of Alexander the Great’s dynasty, was extensively researched in Greece and Asia Minor with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish Institute in Athens, the Norwegian Institute of Athens and with further research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library in Athens.

Shadow Of The Lion: Blood On The Moon is Volume One of an epic story set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the bloody Wars of Succession which follow. Complete with all the ingredients of a Greek tragedy, Shadow Of The Lion: Blood On The Moon is a remarkable story, driven by blood, lust, fierce loyalty, blind ambition and power, which also happens to be true. Published in UK by Media Aria- CDM Publishers. will appear in two volumes, Volume 1 Shadow Of The Lion: Blood On The Moon is now available on and soon in bookstores. Volume 2 subtitled The Fields of Hades will be published in 2016.

See MediaAria-CDM for publicity for the novel:
See Shadow Of The Lion’s blog site at  Ruth’s Website:

EILEEN KERNAGHAN lives in New Westminster. She is the author of nine historical fantasy novels and a three-time winner of the Aurora Award for Canadian speculative fiction. Her latest novel, SOPHIE, IN SHADOW (Thistledown Press, 2014) is set in 1914 British India. It’s a story of enemy spies, terrorist plots and paranormal events played out against the background of the first world war. An associated novel, Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural (2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, while The Alchemist’s Daughter (2004) was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Award for Children’s Literature. As well, her short stories and poems have appeared in many North American literary and speculative publications. You can visit Eileen's website at

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Latest news from our members

Katrin Horowitz, Victoria Rep for the Federation of British Columbia Writers, interviewed Gloria Barkley about her poetry book Water Window Mirror for  the 2014 Autumn issue of The BC Federation of Writers magazine WordWorks. The digital copy site is:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We’re very pleased to announce the winners and finalists of our 2014 writing competition on the theme of "Wood". 

1st Place : "Blind Date"   Kim Clarke Harbridge, New Westminster

2nd Place : "My Father’s Radio"    Clarissa P. Green, Vancouver

3rd Place : " Love on the Table"   Lynne Burnett, West Vancouver

Honourable Mention : "Tao "  Lynne Burnett, West Vancouver

Honourable Mention : "Moving House "  Dorothy Podmore, Surrey

Honourable Mention :  "Madrona sheds her skin " Vanessa Winn, Victoria


"The Character of Elemental Wood",  Doris Anderson, Surrey

"Wood ‘n Wisdom"  and  "Workers in Wood", Linda Baker, Port Coquitlam

"The Wooden Box ,"  Edith Baranyay, Vancouver

"Perennial" ,  Laura Benoit, Vancouver

"First Set",  Clarissa P. Green, Vancouver

"Wood Smoke", Lyndon Grove, Burnaby

"Maple", Ruth Hill, Chetwynd

"Not most poplar ", Janet Kvammen, Burnaby

"Wooden Tin Man ", Bernice Lever, Bowen Island

"As Thick as a Plank", Desmond Lindo, Courtenay

"Lesson from Logan Township ", Franci Louann, New Westminster

"The Wood Pile", Christina Myers, Surrey

"Composting", Dorothy Podmore, Surrey

"A day unlike others ", Jadzia Prenosil, Burnaby

"Dragon Canoe II ", Julia Van Gorder, Vancouver

This year’s judge, Calvin Wharton, is the Chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. Calvin edited Event from 1996–2001, co-edited the poetry anthology, East of Main, with Tom Wayman, and has published a chapbook of poems, Visualized Chemistry; the non-fiction Rowing, with Silken Laumann; and a collection of short stories, Three Songs by Hank Williams. Aside from teaching, he has managed a variety of jobs: sand-blaster, gardener, sawmill worker, and ranch hand, among others.

All winners and finalists are invited to read their entries, and meet other contestants, at our Awards Night on October 21st 2014 at La Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, starting at 7 pm. For more information and further updates, join us on Facebook at

Friday, July 25, 2014

Latest news from our members

Julia Chayko's poem "Monkey Bars" was published in Volume Two of Passion Poetry Magazine, a Canadian publication out of Ottawa; and a painting by our president,  Kelly Dycavinu, will be included in the 2014-15 Christian Seasons Calendar.

Eileen Kernaghan's new YA novel Sophie, in Shadow was recently reviewed at the Speculating Canada website.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fall SCBWI conference announced

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Canada West is holding its annual conference, WestCwic 2014, on Saturday September 20 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Guest speakers are fiction writers Hazel Hutchins and Denise Jaden, non-fiction writer Pamela McDowell, and author/illustrator Lisa Cinar. Manuscript and portfolio consultations with our guest speakers are also available. The conference is at the Holiday Inn Express in Burnaby. For more information, please go to   (Thanks to Ken Kilback)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Burnaby Writers’ Society presents... a special workshop evening with poet Diane Tucker

Thursday June 12, 2014
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio 104
 Photo ©Krista Ewert

Diane Tucker has published three books of poems, most recently Bonsai Love (Harbour Publishing, 2014). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and in more than sixty journals in Canada and abroad. Her first novel, His Sweet Favour, was released by Thistledown Press in 2009. In November of 2013, Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre produced her first full-length play, Here Breaks the Heart: the Loves of Christina Rossetti.

Diane has been leading writing workshops and classes for many years and has curated several public reading series, including the Dead Poets Reading Series in Vancouver. She has also served on the executives of both the Burnaby Writers’ Society and the League of Canadian Poets. She has done at least a hundred public readings of her own work.

Diane’s favourite colour is green; her favourite movies are Truly Madly Deeply and The Linguini Incident. She has never successfully driven a car and has an embarrassingly large collection of vintage buttons.

This workshop is open to the general public by donation. (Suggested donation is $5.) Burnaby Writers’ Society members attend free of charge. Participants’ poetry will be workshopped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Our guest for May at Spoken INK

 Our special guest for May 20, Jude Neale, was shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize (Ireland), The International Poetic Republic Poetry Prize (U.K),The Mary Chalmers Smith Poetry Prize shortlist (UK), The Wenlock International Poetry Prize (UK), The RCLAS International short story and Poetry Competition (Canada) where she placed second in both categories. She was nominated for the Canadian ReLit Award and the Pat Lowther Award for her book Only the Fallen Can See (Canada), Shortlisted for Hurricane Press (USA)and she placed second in the prestigious 2014 Pandora’s Literary Collective Poetry Competition. She most recently achieved HM in the RCLAS short story competition. She has just launched her third collection of poetry, A Quiet Coming of Light.

Tuesday, May 20  @ 8 p.m.
La Fontana Caffe
101-3701 East Hastings Street
(at Boundary Rd)
Open Mic Sign-up @ 7:30 p.m.