When Words Collide: ON-LINE EDITION! August 13-15, 2021 Participation is free and all workshops are online and to be recorded for Youtube. Click on WhenWordsCollide.org to access the schedule of presentations. So many free workshops! Shawn’s on a panel about collaboration Friday, has her Prompt Poetry workshop on Saturday, and a Planning for Pantsers workshop on Sunday. (See the For Writers section for some of the Planning tools)
Thurs, Sept 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. Plotting, Pantsing, and Poetry Zoom workshop hosted by Thompson Nicola Library
When Words Collide: ON-LINE EDITION! August 14-16, 2020 Participation is free and all workshops are online and to be recorded for Youtube. No need to register! Click on WhenWordsCollide.org to access the schedule of presentations. So many free workshops! Shawn’s Prompt Poetry is Friday. She’s on the Poetry Panel on Sunday, as well.
Surrey, BC: Oct 26, 2019 SiWC Author Signing Sheraton Guildford, Fraser Room from 5 to 7 pm. Join me and notable authors like Diana Gabaldon, Anne Perry, Chuck Wendig, Susanna Kearsley, k.c. dyer, Eileen Cook, Owen Laukkanen, Michael Slade, and many more!
Calgary: August 9, 2019 50 minute hands on Prompt Poetry workshop at When Word’s Collide. Hope to see you there!
MURDERING MR. EDWARDS BOOK LAUNCH & TOUR!
2018 Workshop summaries:
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
Wed. July 4, 2018 Kamloops Library, 2-4:00pm. (Workshop: Finding inspiration and voice: a workshop for novelists and poets)
Wed. July 4, 2018 North Kamloops Library, 5:30-7:30pm. (Workshop: How to get the book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page)
Tues. July 10, 2018 2 p.m. Westbank branch, Okanagan Regional Library (Workshop: Finding inspiration and voice: a workshop for novelists and poets)
Wed. July 11, 2018 10 a.m. Osoyoos branch, Okanagan Regional Library
Thurs. July 12, 2018 noon Osoyoos Rotary Club
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 Writers’ Conference Calgary, AB. I’ll be there all weekend attending events at the conference, but the following are scheduled:
- Fri Aug 10 8 p.m- presenting hands on workshop “Prompt poetry”
- Fri Aug 10 9 p.m- Coffin Hop’s Noir at the Bar. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- Sat Aug 11 11 a.m- panelist “Making a Living in YA Lit”
- Sat Aug 11 1 p.m- moderating panel “Young Adult mystery”
- Sat Aug 11 8-10 p.m- author autograph session. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- Sun Aug 12 3-4 p.m.- Coffin Hop authors reading
Wed. Aug 15, 2018 7:00-8:30 pm Owl’s Nest Books, Calgary, AB with goodies from Coffin Hop See info here.
Sat. Sept 15, 2018 Chase branch, Thompson Nicola Regional library 1-3 p.m. (Workshop: How to get the book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page).
Sat. Sept 22, 2018 Salmon Arm branch, Okanagan Regional Library. (Workshop: How to get the book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page). RESCHEDULED to November due to injury. Oct 18-21, 2018 Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Surrey, BC. CANCELLED due to injury 😦
Sat. Nov 3, 2018. 1-3 p.m. Armstrong branch, Okanagan Regional Library. (Workshop: How to get the book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page).
Sat. Nov 10 2018. 1-3 p.m. Salmon Arm branch, Okanagan Regional Library. (Workshop: How to get the book you’ve always wanted to write out of your head and onto the page). CANCELLED due to injury.
Praise for Shawn’s presentations:
Vernon: “I attended your workshop last spring. I just wanted to tell you I’m published now, but I wouldn’t be if I hadn’t been to your workshop. Thank you!” (That one gave me goosebumps! Congratulations, Mike!)
Kamloops: “Our participants had fun! Can we book you for another event in the fall?”
Osoyoos: “Very entertaining and interesting. Really enjoyed it.”
Osoyoos: “Very personable. Enjoyed the talk.”
Kelowna: “Wonderful seminar.” (Jonas Saul, author)
Kamloops: “Andrea and I were very pleased to be able to attend both of your workshops. You did a wonderful job presenting at both and we found them to be very beneficial, helpful and engaging. Thanks for coming to Kamloops and hope to see more of you in the future. Andrea has been working on her stories ever since. You have inspired us both as we continue putting pen to paper.” (J. Miller)
West Kelowna: “I believe I can do it! Thanks, Shawn!”
Osoyoos: “What an enervating speaker she was! We should have her back!”
Chase: “This has been fantastic. Would you come back once a month?”
- Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller’s Award 2018
- 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
- Murdering Mr. Edwards novella category Arthur Ellis Crimewriting Award 2019
- Grace Awakening Dreams and Power novel category Whistler Independent Book Awards 2016
APPEARANCES 2017 & EARLIER:
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.
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.
Intro to Social Media
Finding the beginning
The big picture
Crushing the inner critic
Or we can discuss something specific to your needs.