Aspiring and established writers in the Peace Region will have the chance to gather and share their words in Fort St. John next month.
InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship is holding a “wordshop” at Evangel Chapel on May 13, where writers of novels, short stories, poetry and more can meet like-minded people, learn about publishing, and how to market their work.
“It’s a way to connect people in a smaller area that might not be able to get out to a larger center,” said Tracy Krauss, the local organizer for InScribe. “It’s nice to meet people and get encouragement and feel inspired.”
The group is Canada-wide and hosts a large conference in Edmonton every year, as well as six smaller conferences across the country. The May 13 event in Fort St. John will be the only conference in B.C.
The one-day event will feature local writer Erin Peters as the keynote speaker, and will have several smaller breakout sessions for marketing, beginning writers, time management and more.
Even though a Christian group is putting on the workshop, Krauss said it’s not a religious event.
“It’s not a preaching thing or talking about faith in anyway, it’s mostly about the writing aspect of things,” she said, so writers of any denomination are more than welcome to attend.
Krauss also wants to see writers coming out of the woodwork for the event, from professional writers to hobbyists.
“We want to encourage people who are writing, whatever that might be, to come out and share because that tends to be where you gain confidence and people can help you find a way to publish,” she said.
Those looking for feedback will have the opportunity to share a selection from their novel, short story or poetry, while published authors will have the chance to sell their work in the market area.
“It’s a way to connect writers in the Peace are because it’s nice to know who’s out there doing the same thing,” said Krauss.
The workshop takes place May 13 at Evangel Chapel. For more information, visit inscribe.org/events/wordshops.