News from Castlegar

The Castlegar Writers group perseveres through the pandemic – newly formed in early 2020 at the Humble Bean, the group could not meet in person for several months. In July 2020, six writers met at Millennium Park to share readings of their work and swap stories. One recounted how she sold poetry chapbooks on the street as a student to make some quick cash – successfully. Another is happily writing the next novel in her series, which is trending up the charts on Amazon (see About Katie Berry, below). Others write short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and novels in various stages of completion.

At the September meeting, the group voted on a writing prompt and shared short stories written from it, with fun results. The group’s structure is informal for now, and our goal is to support each other with critique and camaraderie. The weekly Zoom presentations from the Fed have brought excitement, and we also share opportunities like calls for submissions and writing contests in our Facebook group. We welcome writers living in the Castlegar-Trail area. Meetings continue outdoors and online, and the next one will feature a campfire.

For more information, contact local FBCW rep Gwen Higgins. Gwen is gearing up for NaNoWriMo and plans to host a Zoom writing group for young writers.

FBCW = The Federation of BC Writers. Join for support and access to resources, here: https://www.bcwriters.ca/

More news from the Castlegar Writers:

One of our members, Katie Berry, is excited to announce the recent release of her audiobook, CLAW: A Canadian Thriller, on Audible.

About Katie Berry

Katie is a fiction writer of many years. She has recently self-published her debut novel, CLAW: A Canadian Thriller, selling over 9,000 copies worldwide and counting. The novel has been well-received by Kirkus Reviews, and recently won the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal for Excellence in Horror Writing. Katie is currently working on three novels, with one releasing this fall and two more in the spring of 2021.