Events and Workshops

Hello Writers,

The Federation of BC Writers AGM, scheduled for April 27-30 at the Harbourfront Library in Nanaimo, features a great line-up of speakers and workshops, and an opportunity for writers to have their work critiqued by friendly and knowledgeable mentors.

I will be offering mentoring sessions for fiction on Thursday, April 27th at 11:15 and 11:45, and Friday, April 28th at 10:15, 11:15 and 11:45. Sessions will last for 30 minutes. The cost is $15 for 30 minutes for Fed. members; $25 for 30 minutes for non members.

Below is the link to the poster with mentors listed. Click on the link and contact  Chris Beryl at to sign up for a session and submit 750 words of your work.

Blue Pencil Poster

I will pass on more details as they become available, but you can keep up to date with what will be happening, when, on the Fed’s website.




Contact Jocelyn M. Reekie to book her for your upcoming event.



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I love the whole book-making process and have explored every facet of it, from writing to editing, publishing, printing and even book binding. I’ve worked as a copywriter for radio and a journalist. In 1996, the Banff Book Editing Program launched me into editing. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with many writers. My career as a publisher has been short, but enjoyable. In 1995, I established Kingfisher Publishing and together with a partner produced an anthology with 33 contributors titled ShoreLines: Memoirs & Tales of the Discovery Islands. In 2010, I established Peregrin Publishing, which to date has produced three anthologies and 4 picture books. I look forward to reading your work!

If you have:

  • a manuscript for a picture book or work of fiction you want to self-publish or submit to a publisher
  • a terrific idea but you aren’t sure where to start
  • or a writing project you’ve started but you’re stuck

I can help you develop or polish your work to be the best it can be.

Whatever your aim with your work, whether you are in the beginning stages or have a complete draft of a book, I’m happy to talk with you to help you decide where to go from here. All first consultations are free of charge.

  • Friends and family often make very good first readers.
  • They are supportive, and can provide suggestions along the way. Some may be able to provide help with content as well.
  • However, it’s difficult for someone who is not intimately acquainted with the tools of writing and the tricks of the trade to give you the kind of feedback that will help you take your writing to the next level.
  • So, when you get to the editing stage, it’s usually best to work with a knowledgeable, professional editor who knows how to work with you to help you make your work the very best it can be.

Editing comes in various forms. Each form is applicable at some point in the work. All are important. I offer the following editorial services:

Substantive editing: Looks at concepts, tone, setting, point of view, character development, plot development, scene development, and overall project structure.

Copy editing: Looks at mechanics including: dialogue,use of metaphor and simile, grammar (sentence structure, syntax, paragraphing, word choice, etc.).

Proof reading: Looks at fine details including spelling, punctuation, consistency of design (headings, fonts, white space, symbols), and typos.

To talk about your project, contact me. Jocelyn M. Reekie