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UPCOMING EVENTS

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MUSIC & METAPHORS

Vancouver Island Author, Micki Findlay, and the Qualicum Beach Museum invite you to a rich and entertaining afternoon of 'Music & Metaphors' on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 pm.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As there is limited seating, RSVPs are appreciated by phone 250-752-5533 or email qbmuseum2@shaw.ca. Please contact the museum for more information.

 

This is a free event but there will be a donation jar on the refreshment table provided by Micki's writing group with proceeds going to the museum.Rain or Shine. (Canopies will be provided for weather protection.)

 

This event promises to be an entertaining, powerful, memorable experience.

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ABOUT MICKI FINDLAY

 

Micki likes to refer to herself as an 'artrepeneur', as she loves dipping her toes in a sea of creative ventures. Writing, to her, is about finding and expressing one's unique voice and authentic self. It is both her passion and her lifeline.

 

Micki’s writing has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Van Isle Poetry Collective, Black Press Media, various magazines including Oasis Life, Goat’s Milk, and EyesOnBC, as well as several anthologies including Back The Way We Came by The Memory Keepers, Crone Rising by Jazz House Publications, and Grateful by Quillkeepers Press. She is currently working on her own memoir-based healing journal titled, You Can’t Always See The Bruises.

 

She attributes much of her publishing success to Memoir Writing Ink – an online writing course with award-winning author and playwright Alison Wearing, where she now works as a member of their support staff.

 

She is also a judge for the bi-annual International Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest.Micki has been a featured author at Artful: The Gallery, in Courtenay, BC, where she joyfully attends their open mic poetry sessions.

 

She has won first and third-place awards for her poetry and, recently, an honourable mention for her candid poem, These Hands, in the VI Poetry Collective contest.

 

Her main focus is memoir prose and poetry, which she writes in hopes of helping other women recognize their self-worth, find hope through difficult circumstances, and realize they are not alone in their struggles. She also writes to heal herself.

 

On a more personal note, Micki has clawed her way out of many years of depression with the help, love, and support of people who believed in her when she could not yet believe in herself.

 

Community, creativity, collaboration, compassion, and coffee are her love languages.

 

Micki has invited her cherished writing group friends – the ‘Pen Pals’ – to read short pieces of their own writing: Jacqui Townsend, Lynn McEwan, Ramona Jones, and their newest member and today’s pianist, Gina Adams. Please see their bios below.

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Micki's Writing Page on Facebook

IG & TW: @MickiFindlay

Micki's YouTube Channel

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PEN PALS BIOS

 

Jacqui Townsend is always practicing the art of writing – Flash Fiction, Haiku, 50-word stories and essays. She has written newspaper columns, (Food Becomes You and Lasting Impressions), and articles promoting the Nanoose and VIR Libraries, as well as publishing a newsletter and cookbook.

 

Ramona Jones would like to have apprenticed with columnists Ann Landers or Erma Bombeck. She entertains her friends with 1000-word, personal stories posted on social media. Ramona is a pacifistic word-loving, law-abiding, animal-loving, vegetarian with an English Lit Degree.

 

Born in the year of Hurricane Hazel, Lynn McEwan has since circled her creative life as a traveller, parent, artist, and educator. A past member of the Canadian Authors Association (Sarnia) and the Canadian Poetry Association, her writing was published in Prairie Fire and Poemata. As a proud Haudenosaunee woman, Lynn enjoys learning and sharing her heritage and experiences through both poetry and prose.

 

Gina Adams, today’s pianist and newest member of the ‘Pen Pals’, is an artist, carver, musician, composer, farmer, vegetarian, and nature lover. She only carves with fallen, foraged wood with all proceeds from her carvings and paintings going to the SPCA, forest conservation, food banks, and other worthy causes. You may find her creations on her website and on Facebook.

 

Debra Kuzbik (creator of our writing group but who, unfortunately, cannot join us), has taught writing for twenty-five years. During that time, she also wrote short stories as well as the teachers’ resource book, ‘Ready! Set! Write!’ She has facilitated dozens of reading and writing workshops for teachers, as well as a flash fiction course at Elder College. Debra loves to experience the world through art, literature, and music. (Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary, Debra!)

Interview with Micki Findlay & Cathy Holmes of Act 3 Media and CHLY Radio 101.7 FM

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