Congratulations to our Contest Judge Jude Neale

It’s always a treat to see our members in the news. Today we congratulate Literary Writes Judge Jude Neale for being featured in her local paper to celebrate her newest release and for receiving an honourable mention for her chapbook for The James Tate Poetry Prize with the Irish publisher Anatoly Kudryavitsky. Way to go Jude!

Bill Arnott’s Beat Sociable Media: Face-to-Face v Facebook (Part 2 of 2)

…continued from last month

Like me, Ringo Starr’s never measured pie in pieces. (There’s no “bigger piece of the pie,” simply endless ingredients for limitless pie.) This kind of collaboration’s evident in a number of libraries that offer writers opportunities to showcase their craft, reading from both published and unpublished work. At the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) it was called New Voices; now it’s Writers Showcase, featuring both emerging and established writers. Four or five writers read in turn. There’s opportunity for Q&A and readers’ publications are available for sale. This happens several times a year. In addition, many libraries actively promote Indie authors, buying self-published books. Authors can then apply for royalty equivalents through Canada Council for the Arts’ Public Lending Right Program.

Whether discovered online or in person, writing groups continue to be an excellent means of learning, sharing resources, further establishing brand and providing opportunities to sell more books. It’s fun and supportive. Everyone’s innovative when it comes to promotion. One of my writing circle colleagues would set up a table of books at craft fairs and swap meets, giving a slice of cake to every book buyer. “Angel food works best!” she says. (And she’d never even heard my pie analogy.) The second edition of her memoir sold over five thousand copies without social media.

Another group member credits his strong sales to a perpetual online presence – promoting his young adult fiction through Amazon, Goodreads, and an active website. Partial proceeds to charity bolster his success. Others in the group don’t want the personal visibility that can come with social media. Author websites, on the other hand, can provide greater anonymity. But all agree a strong network of email contacts remains the surest way to reach a readership and prospective book buyers, particularly for subsequent publications. When it comes to network contacts and brand building, email is ownership, social media nothing more than short term rental.

Private functions, guest readings and literary events, promoted through email and social media – e-posters, announcements and invitations – have consistently been my most effective means of brand building, promotion and book sales, with both traditional and self-published work. Pick the venue based on you and your readership – class it up or make it funky – whatever fits. 

Like most of us, technology’s cut my attention span, so whether I’m attending or hosting, I want a well-paced program. Collaboration and multimedia are the best means of delivering this, music and visual art to accompany a reading of your written word. Your presence – your brand – grows, the whole greater than component parts. People want to take part; to hold a memento. Promotion brings us together. A book is our tangible takeaway. 

Like it or not, social media’s essential to any author wanting to build brand, promote their work and sell books. As with any tech it represents greater efficiency and increased effectiveness. But never allow it to replace what best represents your brand as a writer. And that’s you. 

Originally published by Authors Publish Magazine.


Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of Gone Viking: A Travel Saga, Dromomania, and Allan’s Wishes. His Indie Folk CD is Studio 6. Bill’s work is published in Canada, the US, UK, Europe and Asia. He’s been awarded songwriting and poetry prizes and is a Whistler Independent Book Awards Finalist with Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. His favourite screen actors are Wallace and Gromit. Visit Bill’s author homepage at 

Learn Arabian Dance with Fed Author Lozan Yamolky

This class will offer you:

  • Why we dance and why it is good for you
  • Basic moves and signature PBS
  • Arabian dance in a choreographed piece
  • 3 traditional Kurdish dances (hal-par-ke)
  • Iraqi group (dabka) and (radih)

*Dress in flexible clothes (skirts or pants)
*Bring your own reusable container for water

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 2020 
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm (Starts at 3 pm SHARP) 
Location: Danse Etc. Studio
910 Sherwood Ave., Coquitlam, right by the IKEA in Coquitlam Cost:$20.00/person 
If you are accompanying a person and staying to watch: $10.00 
Payment method: Cash at the door
 Lozan is fundraising to go back to Kurdistan, her homeland, to visit and complete her book.

Workshops for Women

Vancouver women writers are in for a treat! Facilitator Marn Norwich has some wonderful new events on the horizon that you can check out for free 🙂

Free intro to Women’s Writing as Healing workshop

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020, 6:30 PM


9 Writers Went

Are you seeking a safe, supportive + creative community in which to grow and flourish? Would your writing benefit from inspiring themes and prompts? Are you working through a trauma or circumstance? Do you long to deepen your spiritual connection? Join an intimate circle of women for a journey of empowerment through written expression. This is a fr…

Check out this Meetup →

Free intro to Women’s Writing as Healing workshop

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020, 6:30 PM


4 Writers Went

Are you seeking a safe, supportive + creative community in which to grow and flourish? Would your writing benefit from inspiring themes and prompts? Are you working through a trauma or circumstance? Do you long to deepen your spiritual connection? Join an intimate circle of women for a journey of empowerment through written expression. This is a fr…

Check out this Meetup →

Weekly Fed Poetry Event in New Westminster

Fed member Robert Martens reading from city of beasts, his newest book from Ekstasis Editions. Fed and RCLAS members, along with friends, family and the public are invited to gather for poetry and literary trivia Sundays (except for long weekends), from 3-5 pm at The Heritage Grill Restaurant in New Westminster.

Photo by event host Warren Dean Fulton

Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize Just Opened

Enter the new Muriel’s Journey Poetry Contest by March 31st, 2020, to win up to $100.


A first prize of $100 for the poem judged to be the best

Another first prize of $100 for the poem by a DTES contributor judged to be the best

A second prize of $50

A prize of $35 for a randomly selected poem among a longlist of poems


Content: Should meet one or more of these criteria:

Outspoken, risk taking, not easy to digest, looking at a topic in an unexpected way. It would be nice if it had a good potential for being performed. Why these criteria? Because that’s Muriel. She was not only a poet but a fabulous performer and had no problems tackling things from an unusual, makes-you-wake-up-and-listen point of view.

Other criteria:

  • Open to Canadians or people living in Canada
  • Length of the poem: 5 lines or more
  • Up to 5 poems, with an overall length for all poems together not to exceed 100 lines
  • Please send the poems in the body of the email. Start the email with your name and the title(s) of your poem(s). DO NOT MENTION YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ELSE so that we can judge your poems blindly.
  • There is no monetary entry fee; instead, please let us know how you contribute to your community
  • Email address:
  • Live link to your email when using your computer or device:
  • The poem cannot be previously published, online or anywhere else
  • If you submit your poem elsewhere and it gets accepted, it is important that you let us know right away.
  • Format: Times Roman, 12 point
  • Please do not attach any images. If an image is absolutely necessary for your poem, tell us in your email and we will arrange for safe transmittal of the image.
  • If you are part of or closely related to the committee or the judges, you are ineligible
  • If you won a first prize in 2019, you are ineligible

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2020