Creativity and Consciousness – Reading & Discussion

Destanne Norris’ book, "Leah’s Gift: A Story about Reframing Loss",  is the deeply moving story of the death of Destanne’s daughter Leah who drowned in 1995. It is the artworks that are astounding since these premonitory paintings were created by Norris 10 years before her daughter was even born. Norris will be touring this book […]

Vancouver Island Short Fiction Contest

Islands Short Fiction Contest is open to writers of all ages from Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.Short Fiction of up to 2000 words. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm, March 31, 2021. Winners share $2,200 in cash and prizes! Judges: Junior: Peter Maguire, Library Manager, Sooke & Port Renfrew branches, VIRL; Youth: Arija Fisher, Librarian, Campbell River […]


Valley Voices monthly selection

Elisha Blackburn's short story, What's the matter, Henry?, will run in the May edition of Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine. You can read it there, or watch her video reading of the story in the Interludes listings at This is the first author selected to share her Valley Voice with the community!

Chemainus National Indigenous Peoples Weekend

A celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day from a distinctly Chemainus Valley and region perspective. Three days of music, dance, Arts & Culture, workshops and more, all delivered online. Join in and share in the activities!

Valley Voices: The Kids of Summer

Greg Mason's recollection of summer camp includes model airplanes, green monsters, shrieks as marshmallows fall into the campfire, and sadness that the longest days of the year, filled with adventure, scares and growing up, had to end! Look for the Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine, where his reminisces will be published. And go to Literature section […]

CBC Short Story Prize

The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is now open! The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada […]


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