Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

Appearances, Workshops, etc September 3, 2010


A perfect gift for the teachers in your life! 🙂  My noir short story collection MURDERING MR. EDWARDS was released by Coffin Hop Press April 10, 2018.  One obnoxious teacher murdered by twelve school staff members in each of twelve tales.  



Sun. May 13, 2018 8:15-9:15 a.m. @ Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College Student Lounge. (In conjunction with Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival).

Sat. May 26, 2018 11 a.m. Armstrong branch Okanagan Regional Library

Sat. June 2, 2018 10:30 a.m. Vernon branch Okanagan Regional Library.  (Workshop: Getting that book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page)

Sat. June 9, 2018 1 p.m. Bookingham Palace Bookstore, Salmon Arm.

Sat. June 23, 2018 1 p.m. Okanagan Mission branch, Okanagan Regional Library

Tues. July 10, 2018 2 p.m. Westbank branch, Okanagan Regional Library

Wed. July 11, 2018 10 a.m. Osoyoos branch, Okanagan Regional Library

Thurs. July 12, 2018 6:30 p.m. Kelowna branch, Okanagan Regional Library (Workshop: Getting that book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page)

August 10-12, 2018 WHEN WORDS COLLIDE Calgary, AB

  • August 10- Coffin Hop’s Noir at the Bar
2018 Vernon ORL workshop

Shawn and some of the participants of the Vernon workshop “How to get the book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page.”



  • Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller’s Award 2016
  • Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller’s Award 2015
  • Okanagan Short Story Contest January 2015
  • Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest 2014- category: writing for children


  • 2nd prize Word on the Lake Writing Contest May 2015


August 12, 2017  When Words Collide Writers’ Conference.  Calgary, AB.  Presenting workshop Forging The Inner Spaces: Using poetry to release the message your subconscious is hiding from you. We will play with prompts and produce at least one poem during our time together.  Do your novel characters need poetry to help them explore their inner lives? Come explore.

July 6-9, 2017 Honeymoon Bay Poetry Retreat with Patrick Lane.

March 1, 2017 Salmon Arm Brownies poetry workshop..

March 1, 2017 Salmon Arm Brownies poetry workshop.

November 25th-December 11th, 2016  Shawn is the Bird Woman (among other roles) in Shuswap Theatre’s production of MARY POPPINS

August 8-12, 2016 UBC Okanagan Summer Institute in Education  Adjunct professor team: Desiree Marshall-Peer & Shawn Bird.  Inspiring What Can Be.  Opening Space for Conversation.  Exploring the opportunities embedded within the BCEd Plan and investigating the possibilities offered by the new curriculum, this course examines teaching and learning outside the confines of a traditional intermediate or secondary school experience.  Participants will consider their current pedagogical and assessment realities and will be challenged to imagine alternate visions that are supported in literature, policy changes and innovative practice.  Current innovations within Interior BC will be discussed and examined.  Students will delve into multiple methods of demonstrating learning and promoting competency-based mastery.

September 2016-June 2017 Performing daily! Edifying young minds at Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous, BC.

August 14-16, 2015 When Words Collide Writing Conference in Calgary.  This event sold out in June, but there is a book signing open to the public and I will be there.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 workshop on e-publishing sponsored by Shuswap Association of Writers. Piccadilly Mall Board Room 10-noon. $30 SAW members $35 public.  Contact Shirley Dekelver- dekelver(at)cablelan(dot)net to pre-register.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 author visit at Sicamous branch of Okanagan Regional Library. 1-3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 28th, 2014  6:30 pm   Author reading at SAW Coffee House, Choices restaurant Salmon Arm.

July 31, 2014  Bastion Reading Group.  The group’s been reading Grace Awakening, so Shawn is coming to answer questions about writing, etc.

August 8-9, 2014 When Words Collide, Calgary, AB  Shawn is presenting 2 workshops and participating in 6 panels.

August 10-16th, 2014  Writers’ Cultural Retreat in Dalhousie, New Brunswick Canada with Patricia Donahue and Shawn L. Bird.  Click for details.   This event has been cancelled.

Vernon Writers’ Festival, Vernon, BC on April 11-14, 2013

Shawn presented on social media and building an author platform.  Participants learned about how authors are using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, and blogs and were provided with some frameworks to determine their own goals.

 Word on the Lake Festival, Salmon Arm BC  on May 27, 2012

The ePub Buzz:  What is happening and Why you should know.”  The growth of e-books is creating a time of tremendous change in publishing.  How does this Impact you, and how can you take advantage of these changes?  Whether you can tell an e-book from a calculator, come learn about what the e-book revolution means for readers and for writers.  Bring your enquiring mind.


Suggested topics:


Intro to Social Media


Finding the beginning

Idea generating


Grabbing action

Dialogue dilemmas

The big picture

Crushing the inner critic

Wrapping up

Or we can discuss something specific to your needs.


4 Responses to “Appearances, Workshops, etc”

  1. Hello again Shawn. This is DeBorah Ann. I wish I lived closer so I could attend your writing workshops, however I’m in New York. I was wondering if you would not mind taking a look at this horror story I’ve been working on forever. It is a work in progress and I’m constantly changing it whenever I have some free time. The story is an experiment that I let loose every so often. Let me know if there is a fee because I know you’re a busy woman and your time is valuable. Thank you.

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Hi DeBorah Ann. I gave a quick look at your link. I have to say that Gothic erotica isn’t quite my thing. However, I’ll treat this as a ‘blue pencil’ and I’ll ask you to consider a few questions. The answers aren’t important to me, so don’t feel you need to reply, but see if the pondering is a worthwhile exercise.

      Your description is rich, but prone to cliche and wordiness, so consider some other vocabulary options. You might find useful for finding synonyms. Watch redundancy though, e.g. languid and peaceful mean the same thing, pick one. Your long sentences are appropriate for some audiences, but avoid pages of it. One or two paragraphs will probably be about enough. Don’t forget to give the reader a break, and speed up the action with shorter sentences. Can you find places where actions can replace descriptions? Modern readers tend to prefer action. Can you think of ways to show what characters are thinking or feeling without telling the reader straight out?

      Have someone else read your piece aloud to you. Pay attention to where they stumble or lose track.

      Hope that is helpful. First 5 mins was free. ;-P

  2. Shawn, Thank you so much. Your tips and pointers are very helpful. I knew I was going wrong in some instances but just did not know where. Your insight will enable me to craft a better story.
    Grace, Peace, & Blessings,
    DeBorah Ann

  3. Maggie Says:

    I, too, wish I lived closer to BC, Shawn, so I could attend your workshop. Thank you for following my blog. I’m so interested in yours, and will be back later to explore some more.

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