October 18, 2018

Friday, October 26, 7pm 

The Buzz Coffee House

$10 at the door

Wordstorm Members $8


Fiona Tinwei Lam will be sharing her poetry at The Buzz Coffee House, along with Gabriola poet, PC Vandall and Nanaimo musician, Bobbi Schram.



Saturday, October 27, 10am-2pm

100 Chapel St.


Wordstorm Members $40


Fiona will be conducting a workshop aimed at helping you become

more adept at revising and editing your own work. Titled, Beyond the First Draft, this

workshop will give you new insights into understanding when your poems are hitting the

tone you want and when they may need some further massaging. There are 15 spots open

for the workshop which will fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long to register and hold

your place. It will be the best $50.00 investment in your work that you’ve spent this year!

For more info and to register, go to www.wordstorm.ca

If you have any questions about either of these events, just give me a shout at:



Anyone not registering for Fiona Lam's workshop on brown paper tickets: Please submit one poem you would like to discuss by October 23, 2018. Send a word or .pdf file of your work to: tinwei@telus.net with the subject heading: Beyond the First Draft Nanaimo Workshop


You will also need to bring at least ten copies of your work for distribution to fellow participants on the day of the workshop. 


WordStorm Society of the Arts Annual General Meeting April 26, 2018

April, 2018 notes from Wordstorm’s Artistic Director


First off -- The rumors of Wordstorm’s death are greatly exaggerated!

The nature of the organization is, as David has said, however, going through a metamorphosis, and unlike caterpillars, whose changes are foreordained, what Wordstorm turns into will largely depend on the input and ideas from our membership.


So we are really encouraging you to become actively involved either as a member at large on our executive or as a Wordstorm supporter. We are especially looking for members-at-large who can help manage our social media, have graphic design and/or website management skills. We also would love to have a member-at-large who would enjoy helping to stay in touch with our growing membership!


And, of course, we encourage you to be involved with helping to set up

events, staff information tables, and be a cheer leader for the various projects.


What Wordstorm has coming up.


• Speaking of which --- we have some exciting events already planned

for fall/winter of 2018-19, which include workshops and readings by

renowned Canadian poets: Bill Bisset, Fiona Lam and Robert Priest.

Infamy continues through June, 2018 and will return in September,

2018 on a monthly basis as well.


• We want to connect with young emerging writers and plan to

collaborate with educators in our local high schools.


• Part of Wordstorm’s original mandate was to help publish local

writers and we would like to explore more ways to make that happen.

• We are looking to collaborate with and support our growing literary

community in the Mid-Island. Part of our efforts to do so will include

a clearinghouse-style calendar of literary events on our website, so

make sure to send us your information!


• We would like to explore the potential of future literary festivals, such

as the Cascadia Poetry Festival, held here in 2015.

As a Wordstorm member, we know you are a creator of ideas and ideas can flow pretty easily, but to turn those ideas into reality takes energy.

Wordstorm needs your ideas and YOUR ENERGY --- Let’s put those

together and discover what Wordstorm can morph into over the next decade. Feel free to contact me, if you would like to become a member-at-large or a Wordstorm supporter, or share your ideas.

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