Writing Battle and New Year’s Social Night
January 29, inspired by Vancouver’s popular ‘Art Battle’, Vancouver writers kick started the year with the first ‘Writing Battle’, a chance for one writer to emerge victorious from a live writing competition.
Even if you’re not competing, this was a fantastic chance to socialize and meet other writers in a relaxed and fun-filled environment of the Railway Club.
Ten bold and versatile writers competed live at the Railway club, and of course, were also supported by 20 others in the audience who chose the winner of the night, John Friesen.
The contestants were writing from writing prompts and the winner got a small prize, as well as the chance to share one of his pieces on a weekly radio show on Co-op Radio, Writing Life.
Over 600 members of the Vancouver Writers Group describe themselves as people who live in Greater Vancouver and love to write. We share our work, challenge and encourage each other, and read from our own writings to our fellow members. We argue over commas and colons, whether words in other languages should be translated or not, all things poetry, and anything else that happens to have words in it.
We usually have a few different meetings every month, mostly in coffee-shops around town, where we do writing activities and have discussions about different writing topics. Quite often we have social nights at a bar in Vancouver, and occasionally we hold writing competitions and one-off events. We welcome writers at all levels, whether you are just starting on your first story or are already published.
We also have a weekly radio show on Co-op Radio, Writing Life, which is live on Vancouver 100.5 FM on Tuesdays between 2pm and 2.30pm. Earlier editions of the show can be found here.