Wet Ink Collective

women writers- emerging and transitioning

A few spots left

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We have a few spots  available in both our up and coming  Winter workshops.

If you are interested in screenwriting with Peggy Thompson click here

If you are interested in playwriting with Jane Heyman  click here 



2017 An amazing year. Highlights.


We are really proud of all that we have contributed to the Vancouver Theatre scene since we launched Wet Ink in 2012– and  we are celebrating by letting you in on the highlights of 2017.  

We asked Founding member Susinn McFarlen to compile a list and we are thrilled to post it here and invite you to share it.

Further to the incredibly successful year we had in 2016, 2017 has been a banner year for the members of WET INK COLLECTIVE in the city of Vancouver.

Working out of the The Arts Club Theatre for the last five years , many of our members have procured readings and productions for their efforts.  Some of the hightlights of the year are:

SALLY STUBBS who wrote and re-worked  her play AND BELLA SANG WITH US  was picked up by the Firehall Arts Centre in January of 2017 and nominated for 2 Jessie Awards!

JILL DAUM, who wrote and workshopped her new play FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW with us, was then selected for inclusion at the Arts Club REact festival and is soon to be opening her play at the Belfry theatre and The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre In March!

MELODY ANDERSON workshopped her play ME AND YOU with Wet Ink. This play was also selected for inclusion at REact and will be presented at the Goldcorop Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre in April!

BEVERLEY ELLIOTT workshopped her new play SINK OR SWIM with Wet Ink and then toured the show in BC in 2017,  landing a run at Presentation House Theatre and the Richmond Gateway Theatre in November!

JENN GRIFFIN won a spot at the Arts Club Theatre’s REact new play festival with her play HOUSE AND HOME!

CRYSTAL VERGE workshopped her new play FOR THE LOVE OF GRACIE with Wet Ink, was offered a workshop with GCTC in Ottawa and there are plans for an upcoming production at Presentation House Theatre in the new year.

YUMI JOHNSON workshopped her new play, JAPANGLISH PART 2 with Wet Ink and has been picked up for further development by VACT, The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre!

LORETTA SETO workshopped her new play THE ONES WE LEAVE BEHIND and has been picked up for further development by VACT!

MANAMI HARA DUECK workshopped her new play with Wet Ink and had a subsequent reading with VACT.

Sylvia’s Hotel, written by DEBORAH VOGT and BRITT MACLEOD, was workshopped in one of our intensives, and ran at the Waterfront theatre in Nov.

What a Year!

Wet ink Collective is the brain child of LYNNA GOLDHAR-SMITH, LORETTA SETO and SUSINN MCFARLEN. Working as tireless volunteers for the last six years, and with the support of the Arts Club Theatre Company and people like RACHEL DITOR, JANE HEYMAN , MINDY PARFIT,  and PEGGY THOMPSON this writing collective has made a huge contribution to the theatre landscape of the city. Wet Ink Collective runs two playwriting writing intensives a year and has just successfully completed their first screenplay writing intensive.

We also want to send out congratulations to all  our members for the work they did in our groups and elsewhere and to remind you all to keep writing. We need your stories.

2018 is just around the corner and we are ready to launch our new season in January so stay tuned.

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Wet Ink Collective is excited to announce a new screenplay intensive for Fall 2017, facilitated by award-winning screenwriter and esteemed UBC Professor Emerita Peggy Thompson (writer of Canadian classics “The Lotus Eaters” and “Better than Chocolate”). This intensive is open to female screenwriters and will run for 9 weeks every Saturday from Sept.30 – Dec. 2 (no session Oct. 7), 10 AM – 2 PM, location TBA (Vancouver). Cost is $400 (plus $10 membership to Wet Ink Collective). For more info on how to apply, please click here.

2nd Annual Spring Reading Series.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday June 6th and Wednesday June 8th to hear two wonderful new plays. Ditto by Melody Anderson and Hey Doris by Susinn McFarlen.  Here is the event page with all the details. It’s been a great year at Wet Ink and we are ending our season with readings of new work by two of our community members.

Join us on World Theatre Day March 27th

Save the date Monday, March 27 to celebrate World Theatre Day in Vancouver with MC Jenn Griffin, and directors Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Lynna Goldhar Smith,  and an outstanding group of actors in a fundraiser for the CASA AWARD— a ground-breaking initiative supporting women playwrights in South Africa— at Playwrights Theatre Centre  7:30 to 9:30 pm.

The CASA Project is a collaboration between the Playwrights Guild of Canada Women’s Caucus and the African Women Playwrights Network in South Africa- working to raise $7000 to support and mentor a mid-career South African woman playwright- who would benefit from financial and dramaturgical aid, allowing her time to write.  To date, we have raised a good portion of the $7000 goal for this incredible project so if you can’t join us at the Vancouver event on the 27th, please help us get over the top by making a donation at Canada Helps here.

If you are coming to celebrate with us– come early and enjoy a glass of South African wine. It’s going to be a wonderful evening. Doors open 7 pm. Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio, 202 – 739 Gore Avenue, Vancouver.

Pay What You Can-minimum donation of $20 by cash or cheque at the door.This event  is presented with the generous support of PTC and WET INK COLLECTIVE 

We want to get the word out so join the event page here.

We will keep you updated and informed about all the wonderful playwrights from Africa and details about the CASA AWARD.

Look forward to seeing you there. What a great way to celebrate Theatre at home and around the world.

PTC’s address again is #202 – 739 Gore Ave.Vancouver, BC

Doors 7pm.

Reving the engines

Wet Ink is launching a new season with our Spring Writing Intensives.

We also have lots of wonderful plans for 2017 so stay tuned.

There are a few spaces available in Mindy Parfitt’s evening group at the Arts Club BMO Centre, so for all the info click here 

If you want to read more about us click here

Looking forward to a wonderful year in Wet Ink.

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Hope that everyone had a  happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season and that 2017 is off to a good start.

2016 was a pretty crazy year for a lot of folks–

but for Wet Ink it’s been fantastic and we just have to celebrate.

Here are a few of the highlights:

•We just  completed another round of The Wet Ink Fall Intensives with our much loved and respected  Jane Heyman and our newest facilitator Mindy Parfitt, who did an amazing job–and we welcomed lots of talented new members to our community.

unnamedThe sessions were held at the beautiful new Arts Club  Goldcorp Stage 

Last spring we also ran two Intensive sessions at the Arts Club Granville Island with Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty who also organized the BC Buds presentation with our newest members.

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Big congratulations to all the new and returning  playwrights who attended our intensives this year.

•Wet Ink  had a great showing at the Fringe 2016, and  were especially  thrilled to  discover that 3 out of the 5 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe shows this year were Wet Ink Collective playwrights. Beverley Elliott, Sink or Swim, Sally StubbsAnd Bella Sang with Us, and the talented young writers Debra Voght and Britt McCloud Carry On The Musical  So proud of you all.

•And Congrats to the Wet Ink  member playwrights with shows in the Fringe that enjoyed rave reviews and almost sold out runs.  Yvette Dudley Neuman The F Words and Veronique West Marrow.  

Last Spring we presented our first ever reading series at the beautiful Goldcorp stage,  which was a great success featuring Rosemary Rowe’s  award winning script The Good Bride and Maureen Robinson’s beautifully intense, funny  and oh so  sexy A Kitchen Pas de Deux

Thanks to  Rachel Ditor rachel-ditor-for-blogand Bill Millerd  of the Arts Club for all  their generous  support in the reading series and all the help they have given to Wet Ink  for the past five years.  bill-millerd









There was also a showing of Wet Inkers at the Firehall Theatre’s BC Bud’s Festival of new work. Thanks to Liesl Lafferty for organizing that event in the studio with our newest playwrights.  Thanks Donna Spencer for your generous support of Wet Ink and inviting us to participate for the past 4 plus years. 510852658_1280x720 (1)









We can’t forget Loretta Seto’s Dirty Old Woman returned to the Cultch as part of the 2016  season after winning the Cultchivating the Fringe award and Pick of the Fringe in 2014. Co-produced by VACT  the  remount of this show starred Wet Ink member Susinn McFarlen and featured  Wet Inker  Alison Kelly along with Emmelia Gordon and Howie Lai and was directed by another  Wet Inker  Lynna Goldhar Smith.

We are planning to celebrate all the Wet Ink playwrights who had their work produced, workshopped or who self-produced their new work  in public readings or festivals etc. in 2016.

Please send us any info that you think we might not know about. We’d love to hear from you.

We don’t want to forget anyone. (wetinkcollective@gmail.com)

Hope to see some of you try one of our writing intensives or return to do another one.

Here’s to another year of celebrating– and supporting  women playwrights to support themselves. Yay!!!!



duskyAs we head into a new season of  Wet Ink Collective we are proud to announce that this year 3 of the 5 winners of the Pick of the Vancouver   Award went to  shows written by  Wet Ink Collective members. Congratulations Sally Stubbs for AND BELLA SANG WITH US, Beverley Elliott for SINK OR SWIM  and Debra Vogt for CARRY ON THE MUSICAL

Tickets and information for the encore performances at Performance Works can be found here. 


Wet Ink Collective is now accepting applications for its Fall 2016 Intensive with Mindy Parfitt.


unnamedThis 10-week workshop will run from Sept. 27 to Nov. 29, Tuesday evenings, 6:00-10:00 PM, at the Arts Club (exact location TBA). During the workshop, writers will have the opportunity to develop new work, or work on an existing piece already in progress. Please note, this workshop is not an introduction to playwriting, but rather for playwrights with previous experience, theatre artists transitioning into a writing practice, and writers with experience in other genres.
Participants are expected to present their work to the group every other week and to also provide feedback, support, and community to fellow participants in a safe, professionally facilitated environment. The cost for the 10-week workshop is $310.00, which includes membership to Wet Ink Collective. If interested, please  click here to apply  Deadline for applications: July 10, 2016.

What a year!!!!

It was a fantastic year for Wet Ink Collective.  We completed two  rounds  of Intensive workshops led by Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty. We welcomed back returning playwright members and many new members. Our community is growing.

Our  season ended with our first annual Spring Reading Series generously sponsored by The Arts Club at the Goldcorp Stage-BMO Centre, and the same week,  our newest playwright members read selections from their new plays at the Firehall Theatre Centre’s annual BC Bud’s Festival  under the direction of Liesl Lafferty

We are incredibly grateful for the amazing support that Wet Ink Collective has received from the Arts Club. Special thanks to  Rachel Ditor

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We also want to thank Donna Spencer at the Firehall Arts Centre for her ongoing support of our work.   We are very grateful to these amazing leaders in our community for their generosity and encouragement. 510852658_1280x720 (1)

Our first annual reading series was a huge step for our company as the event was a fully professional Equity workshop. It was a wonderful event  at the Beautiful Goldcorp stage and well attended by an incredibly supportive audience. This year we featured two of our talented playwrights

Maureen Robinson


and Rosemary Rowe.


Maureen Robinson’s  play A Kitchen Pas de Deux is a smart dark comedy that asks a lot of interesting questions about love and lust, loyalty and betrayal,  truth and  lies– and is filled with laughs, plot twists, and plenty of food for thought.

The workshop was directed by Jane Heyman

featuring talented  Vancouver actors:

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and Chirag Naik. 13116089_1209119095779345_6605789645519040226_o

A Kitchen Pas de Deux was a finalist at the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition  under the simpler title of Kitchen Party; it was produced at the Vancouver Fringe, where it received very positive reviews. Since then, the script has been workshopped through the Wet Ink Collective, a Colleen Murphy masterclass, and a reading Wet Ink looks forward to whatever is coming next for this wonderful  playwright and her script. We’ll keep you posted with what Maureen is up to.
Rosemary Rowe’s  play  The Good Bride is a hilarious, thought provoking  theatrical investigation of a world that few of us  will ever  come to know. Inspired by a true story, The Good Bride is a nuanced exploration of faith in the context of modern religious fundamentalism. Developed through the Wet Ink Collective’s playwriting intensives in 2014/15, The Good Bride opened Northern Light Theatre’s 40th season in Edmonton in October of 2015.

“. . .The Good Bride is among the most sharp, funny scripts about faith you’re likely to find.” – Vue Weekly

“A complex funny/sad affair, horrifying and touching.” – Edmonton Journal

BTW–We are thrilled  to celebrate with Rosemary  the fact that the Northern Light Production in Edmonton has been nominated for a Sterling Award. Rumour has it that it’s going up in Calgary soon. More on that anon. Congratulations and tons of love.

The Wet Ink workshop of Rosemary’s play was directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith

featuring the incredible talents of Marissa Emma Smith


So as you can see we are very proud of our accomplishments this season and are gearing up now for the fall of 2016 with two new  Fall 2016 Intensive workshops facilitated by Jane Heyman and Mindy Parfit. Hope that some of you will join us. If you are interested in participating in workshops in the fall applications are here and info about the workshops–here