Category: News

Mar 17

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.


Dec 01

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.

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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. (

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!!!!



Dec 10

Great news to share.




We at WET INK COLLECTIVE, are honoured to be amongst the nominees for this years Bra D’Or Award from the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Thanks so much to the Women’s caucus for all that you do to support female playwrights.

This award is presented annually to individuals who have supported the advancement of Canadian Women Playwrights.

From our humble beginnings of three playwrights coming together to learn to self-produce at a Block P Workshop at Playwrights Theatre Centre, we have gone on to found an organization that now includes 30 other female playwrights.

Wet Ink receives no funding and relies solely on its artistic directors Susinn McFarlen, Lynna Goldhar Smith and Loretta Seto, its talented facilitators, Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty, its playwright members, and its wonderful board of directors.

In the beginning we wanted to form an organization that would help writers show up for their work. To this end, we designed writing intensives and hired Jane Heyman to act as our mentor. However, in the five years since WET INK COLLECTIVE has come together, we have built a writing community, initiated a salon series where we celebrate women writers who are being produced in our city– (some past salon guests have included  Yvette Nolan, Meghan Gardiner and Lucia Frangione), we have run two masterclass workshops facilitated by Colleen Murphy, and we are in the process of building a partnership with the  Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT).

With so much growth and activity, we had to hire an additional mentor – Liesl Lafferty, and are now in preparations for our Spring Workshops.

As a result of our Playwright Intensive Workshops, we are proud to celebrate our members who have had productions and/or are in development with professional theatres and theatre organizations such as: Presentation House Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Ruby Slippers  Advance Theatre: New Works by Women Festival,  The Cultch, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Centennial Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Winnipeg’s FemFest, Vancouver’s  Art’s Club ReAct Festival, Vancouver’s Alley Theatre, and Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre .

We also encourage and support all our members in their endeavours to self-produce.

We are expanding our vision for the coming season and look forward to what’s next for our thriving and growing company.

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May 26


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Wet Ink’s much admired facilitator, mentor, director and dear friend Jane Heyman has just told us about an exciting opportunity taking place this coming July at beautiful Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.


Jane tells us, it’s an Intensive Acting Workshop for Playwrights-or- everything you’ve always wanted to know about acting, but were afraid to ask!

Sounds fantastic. So here’s the details.

WANTED: Curious playwrights, interested in exploring their own writing from the perspective of an actor.

WHAT: Working in a playful and supportive atmosphere you will have the opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of good acting, deepen your understanding of the dynamics of theatrical interchange, stretch your imagination through improvisation and simple voice & movement exploration.


Workshop sessions will be structured to the fit the needs of the participants, allowing time for you to work on your own writing as well as exploring text written by your fellow participants.


1.Please bring hard copies of a monologue or short speech from a play you’ve written as well as a hard copies of a short two-person scene no more than 2 pages.

2. A notebook and writing implement as well as any electronic devices you prefer to write with.

3. Loose, comfortable clothes suitable for moving

COST: $300 Includes tuition, breakfasts, lunch, dinner and refreshments


July 3, 4, 5, 2015

•Friday: 7-9,

•Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm, with breaks,

•Sunday: 9-noon

Workshop is limited to 15 writers.

Register with Tina at:

Location: Nanoose Place Community Centre and Annie’s Acre, Nanoose Bay BC.

For those from out of town, there is one room and plenty of camping spots available to rent. There is also a studio on the property for campers without gear.

A list of local B&B’s can be provided as well. Please inquire

JANE HEYMAN has worked in professional theatre in Canada and England as a director, dramaturg, acting teacher, stage manager and actor for over 40 years. From 1985 to 2005 she taught acting and was Associate Director at Studio 58, the renowned professional theatre training program at Langara College. Since 2012 she has worked as workshop facilitator and dramaturg for Vancouver’s Wet Ink Collective for Women Playwrights. Throughout her career, Jane has made a point of working on new plays as well as creating opportunities for women in theatre. She was an Associate Director with Vancouver’s New Play Centre for many years and helped found WestCoast Actors, the Women in VIEW Festival and is co-founder (with Joy Coghill) of Vancouver’s Performing Arts Lodge (PAL).



May 01

 JUDITH FAIR At Performance Works.

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Have you heard about Judith Fair?

It’s a cabaret celebrating women in performing arts–

which we think is absolutely fantastic.

Music, Theatre, Dance, Comedy and More!

11 acts, 32 women.

This will be a night to remember.

So mark May 10 & 11 on your calendar–

It’s all happening  at Performance Works on Granville Island.

For TIX:  click here 

or call 1-800-838-3006 –or pay cash at the door

Doors: 7:30PM

The show features Lauren Bowler | Stephania Indelicato | Corina Akeson | Manami Hara | Leanna Brodie | Hannah Moscovitch | Mindy Parfitt | Amber Funk Barton | Tracey Power | Marisa Smith | Susan Miyagishima | Mishelle Cuttler| Tanille Geib | Elizabeth Kirkland | Monice Peter | Carissa Morisson | Nita Bowerman
Brette Little | Miranda Huba | Kayla Deorksen | Sandra Ferens | Victoria Lyons| Tiki Mulvihill | Monique Bourgeois | Genevieve Fleming | Morgan Brayton | Rachel Cairns | Karyn Mott | Tricia Collins | Lori Lozinski | Nneka Croal

Sounds like a great lineup. Wet Ink is looking forward to this one.



Apr 30

More great news.


We are very proud of fellow playwright and Wet Ink member, Sally Stubbs and all her many accomplishments, and we are looking forward with great anticipation to her reading at the up and coming BC Bud’s Festivalwhere  Sally will be presenting a public reading of her brand new play OUR GHOSTS, directed by the dynamic Chelsea Haberlin, featuring a talented cast, including, Jennifer Clement, Barbara Pollard, and Robert Salvador.

It’s a haunting mystery, inspired by the true life experiences of the playwright’s mother and the father she never knew.

What if a fighter-jet vanishes and Canada’s Air Force declares the plane and its pilots at the bottom of the Pacific, case closed? What if the wife of one pilot refuses to accept her husband’s death? What if, years later, artefacts found confirm the plane crashed near Whistler Mountain and that one or both pilots survived impact and might, possibly, have lived if the official search had been less hasty? What if that same wife, now eighty-eight, still searches for her husband?”

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Sally is an award-winning playwright/educator who also directs and performs. Her scripts have been produced, presented and studied in Canada, Sweden and India. They include: CENTURIONS; AND BELLA SANG WITH US; HERR BECKMANN’S PEOPLE; WRECKAGE; and SPINNING YOU HOME.

Right now Sally is hard at work on the dramaturgy and more writing and rewriting on OUR GHOSTS before a June 8/9 workshop, and reading, a dramaturgical workshop on a musical in process, POLLY AND THE PENTHOUSE, at the In Tune Conference; and then off to Cape Town where CENTURIONS is being presented at the Women Playwrights International Conference.  Her plays WRECKAGE, HERR BECKMANN’S PEOPLE, and AND BELLA SANG WITH US are published by Scirocco Drama.

Sally holds graduate degrees in Writing and Art History from the University of Victoria and trained professionally in theatre in Canada, the UK and the U.S.A.

She is a proud member of Wet Ink Collective and the Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

(The playwright would like to acknowledge the generous support of the BC Arts Council.

The playwright would like to acknowledge the support of the Wet Ink Collective.)

And. . .Wet Ink would like to acknowledge how much we love Sally.

For all the details about Sally’s reading at BC Buds you will find the program here .



Apr 29

Good News


If you haven’t had a chance to see Beverley Elliott’s hit show

. . .didn’t see that coming

than we have some good news.

Beverley is bringing her fabulous Pick of the Fringe hit show, to the Centennial Theatre, in North Vancouver this coming weekend.

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Beverley is a much loved Vancouver actress-

a talented singer songwriter, and a storyteller extraordinaire.

You can read about her and the show here.

You can book tickets on line  click here

or call the Centennial Theatre  604-984-4484    

“It’s a terrific show by an amazingly generous performer. Icing on this cake is her gorgeous voice”. Jo Ledingham

“Elliott has captured the essence of a life well lived filled with laughter, tears, hope and love, something her audience can relate to.” The Plank

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Mar 10

Introducing Liesl Lafferty

Wet Ink Collective is beginning a new series of articles about the members of our amazing community.

First up the talented Writer-Director and Dramaturg, Liesl Lafferty, who joined Wet Ink in the 2014 Fall Intensive. We are thrilled to have her with us as a playwright member of our community and absolutely delighted that she is sharing her diverse skill set with us as the new President of our Board of Directors.


Largely focusing on creating new works, Liesl’s plays have been nominated for multiple Jessie Awards, and she received the Larry Lillo Award for Direction with House, by Daniel MacIvor. Liesl co-wrote and directed A Town Called Hockey at the Arts Club Theatre.

After twenty years of directing and dramaturgy in Vancouver and beyond, Liesl tells us that she found a great fit with the women of the Wet Ink Collective. Having co-written Jessie-nominated scripts, Liesl was ready to focus on becoming a stand-alone writer. We are so glad she joined us this past fall and look forward to hearing more of her wonderful writing this spring.

Liesl tells us “The Wet Ink Writing Intensive is supportive, constructive and most importantly very entertaining. It is a thrilling time to be involved with the company. The founding members Lynna Goldhar Smith, Susinn McFarlen and Loretta Seto have done an incredible job, building a formidable entity and I’m excited to be involved with these fabulous women at a time of growth and celebration of women in theatre”

Thanks Liesl,  the feeling is mutual.

When asked for a favourite quote by a female playwright, Liesl offered us:

“I hate the idea of theatre just being an evening pastime. It should be emotionally and intellectually demanding.” Sarah Kane.

Thanks for the great quote. We agree

And here is something Liesl shares with fellow writers about overcoming procrastination and the dreaded writer’s block

“I like to put pen to paper and force myself to free-form for a half hour without stopping, riffing on anything that comes to mind or a true event from my life. In contrast, I also love to spark my imagination by challenging myself to write a haiku. They have strict rules and often result in sweet, pretty packages.

By the way–Liesl is still available for all of your dramaturgy and directing needs–
so here’s some great quotes in support of Liesl’s talents in that department.

“Liesl is a master at managing time, talent, temperament and vision. She was able to see my concept through from birth to production without letting outside influences impose on my process as a writer. She also was able to guide me through the mire when my own insecurities muddied my journey from script to stage. Her artistic guidance was met and matched by her technical research and development capabilities. A gift like that is rare and most appreciated.”
Columpa C. Bobb, Aboriginal Arts Training and Mentorship Program

Stay posted as we will be posting more about the amazing members of Wet Ink Collective.

If you’d like to get in touch with Liesl Lafferty–
Contact us at



Mar 03

Our 2015 Spring Intensives are about to begin


March has wafted in with sunny days and cherry blossoms,
here in beautiful Vancouver and Wet Ink Collective is excited to begin our 2015 Spring Intensive with Jane Heyman this week.

We have had our first board meeting of the year and creativity and vision are blossoming like the trees.

We are very excited for new developments and growth.

News about that coming soon.

We are reposting here some of the highlights of 2014 and the progress we made together in  Wet Ink Collective in 2014.

Thanks Crystal Verge for the article.

“Susinn McFarlan’s dark comedy, Since You Left Us was produced to excellent reviews at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver, directed by Amiel Gladstone and starring Jillian Fargey, Erla Forsythe, Colleen Wheeler, Mike Wasko, Derek Metz and Mike Gill. It made two Best of 2014 Theatre Lists.

Loretta Seto’s very funny play Dirty Old Woman, directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith,starring Susinn McFarlan, Emmelia Gordon, Robert Salvador and Alison Kelly was a Pick of Vancouver’s Fringe Festival and made the Georgia Straight’s Top Ten Fringe shows. It also won the fantastic Cultchivating Award, which means the play is slated for production at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 2015.

Beverley Elliot’s heartwarming one-woman show …didn’t see that coming was a Pick of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and has legs in 2015. It will be presented at the Brackendale Theatre in Squamish and Unity Church in Bellingham in February, the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver in May and the Gateway in Richmond next November.

Crystal Verge’s MOW, Fatal Memories was shot in Vancouver in October for Odyssey Media Inc. with Farhad Mann directing; starring Italia Ricci, Magda Apanowicz and Kevin McNulty. Another MOW, Woman On The Ledge, is currently in development with Odyssey. Her full-length play Caged (formerly titled Saving Gracie) was shortlisted for Nightwood Theatre’s National Playreading Festival, Toronto, has a workshop scheduled with Kim Selody at Presentation House and has been shortlisted for Touchstone/PTC/Firehall Theatre’s Flying Start Program.

Liesl Lafferty was hired by Realwheels Theatre to dramaturg their production, Re-calculating. After a couple of workshops, the company decided to commission Liesl as a playwright. She has completely re-worked the project with the original playwright, Lucas Foss. Recalculating will be produced January 22 to 24, 2015, at CBC Studio 700 in Vancouver.

Sally Stubbs had three plays receiving attention. Centurions was a finalist for Nightwood Theatre’s National Playreading Series in Toronto where it was workshopped and given a public reading at their New Groundswell Festival; Director/Dramaturg: Kelly Thornton. It will also be presented at the Women Playwrights International Conference 2015, Cape Town, S. Africa with Sally attending as a playwright delegate. And it had a reading at Emerging Voices, Staged Readings of Canadian Plays at Theatre One in Nanaimo with Director/Dramaturg: Nicolle Nattrass. And Bella Sang With Us was published by Scirocco Drama in October. Workshops and readings took place at Firehall Theatre’s BC Buds Festival, directed by Sarah Rodgers, and at Girls Gone Wilde Late Night Performance Cabaret at Urban Curvz Theatre in Calgary. Spinning You Home was presented at Suncor Stage One Festival, Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, Director/Dramaturg: Jacqueline Russell and Interim Artistic Director, Lunchbox: Pamela Halstead.

Rosemary Rowe’s play Camp Victoria received its world premiere at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary in March and was nominated for a Betty Mitchell award for Outstanding New Play.

Leslie Stark’s, play, Eidola a collaborative exploration of Shakespeare’s female characters was produced by the Elegant Ladies Collective for the Vancouver Fringe.

Barbara Ellison also produced her evocative play, Slumming at The Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Lynna Goldhar Smith’s new musical, The World According to GG Silverman was workshopped under the direction of Jane Heyman with a cast of ridiculously talented young professional actors. Now Lynna is busy composing the musical score with Dylan McNulty and Bill Costin.

Jill Daum completed a strong first draft of her new full-length play, Forget About Tomorrow and promptly had the first public read through.

And last but certainly not least, Dolores Drake completed a first draft of her hilarious yet harrowing play, The Distance Between Toronto and Newfoundland.

Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged all of this work!

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Oh by the way thanks to the Province newspaper for the gorgeous photos  of what Vancouver looks like in late February and March


For more beautiful Vancouver in February and March click here.


May 23

Spring 2014 BC Buds reading

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We are delighted to share some photos

from our recent May 7th reading

at the BC Buds Festival.

It was a wonderful night at the Firehall Theatre.

10 members of Wet Ink Collective. . .

Jill Daum, Wendy Noel, Maureen Robinson, Susinn McFarlen,

Loretta Seto, Alison Kelly, Dolores Drake,

Beverley Elliott, Barbara Pollard, Lynna Goldhar Smith–

under the direction of Jane Heyman,

show-cased excerpts from 10 new works in progress.

It was the culmination of our ten week Spring Intensive.

First of all here’s a shot of a Wet Ink Collective work-session

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That’s Barbara Pollard standing,

and seated are Crystal Verge, Maureen Robinson

and Beverley Elliott.

Now here we are at rehearsal at the Firehall with Jane Heyman

at the helm.

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And here’s Barbara Pollard and Susinn McFarlen

running through a scene.

In rehearsal

and we love this one with Alison Kelly in the foreground

and  Jane Heyman talking to the TD

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And here is Wendy Noel and Jill Daum in the dressing room, mind-melding.Wendy and Jill

and here is Dolores Drake working on her solo show

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and Beverley Elliott working on hers.

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Our wonderful director Jane making us all feel ready-

Dressing room

Oh and course there is the essential preparations

before the performance.

An actor prepares

In the little dressing room

The crowded dressing room,

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and the last few minutes-

before the audience comes in.

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Some final  notes

and good wishes from Jane–

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And of course Lynna and Maureen

waiting back stage

30 minutes early of course.

Lynna and Maureen

And then the 5 minute call.

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Since so many Wet Ink Collective members

are professional actors, we didn’t have to hire any.

We hired ourselves.

Jane cast us across age and gender.

We played the men and the women

and the kids and the teenagers–

and the elderly–

and we were fabulous!

And here we are after all the hard work,

standing at last under the lights–

listiening to each other  bring

each others characters to life.

The show

Pure magic

And here’s Beverley reading from her solo play.

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This must be the play that had choreography.

5 minutes ladies

Here’s Loretta and Dolores.


and Susinn McFarlen


And then after the show-

here is Jill celebrating her  lovely paycheque

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and of course

a  company shot

from left to right

Alison Kelly, Susinn McFarlen, Jill Daum, Jane Heyman, Lynna Goldhar Smith

Beverley Elliott, Loretta Seto, Maureen Robinson, Dolores Drake, Barbara Pollard.

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Wait a minute where is Wendy Noel?

Here she is–sort of.

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That’s her way in the back.

Try this one–

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Oh heck here’s our Wendy front and centre.

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And then the best part–

chatting with our supportive and enthusiastic audience.

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It was a wonderful night for all of us.

Thanks to all the friends family and community members,

who came to cheer us on.

Peter Kevin kevin and Lucy

We had great feedback and tons of love.


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Thanks to Crystal Verge

for her work in Wet Ink this spring.

We missed you in the reading.

And more thanks

to members of our Fall Intensive–

Yumi Ogawa, Dawn Milman,

Melody Anderson and Sally Stubbs

Last but not least, thanks to members,

Leslie Stark, Barbara Ellison

Sarah Hayward and Kathy Alison

for continued support.

Can’t wait to work with you all again.

Extra special thanks to the fabulous Sherry Bie,

for all her interest in what we do–and for agreeing

to come on board as Artistic Associate next season–

and especially for all these wonderful photos!!!!!

Finally a special shout out to the amazing Donna Spencer,

of The Fire Hall Art Centre and the BC Buds Spring Festival.

We are so happy to have been part of it again this year.

So there you have it.

We will be announcing our Fall Intensive workshop soon,

so please  stay tuned for the call for submissions.

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