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The Point holds first Writers Adventure Camp

Charlotte Gill, Mark Leiren-Young, Geoff Berner and Zsuzsi Gartner Lead workshop weekend at Alta Lake centre in June
My type of fun Zsuzsi Gartner and other established writers will take newbies in hand at The Point's first-ever Writers Adventure Camp. Photo submitted

Developing writers can work with established professionals at a new weekend camp at The Point Artist-Run Centre on Alta Lake in Whistler.

The Writers Adventure Camp takes place on June 6 and 7.

Best-selling author Charlotte Gill (Eating Dirt), Leacock Medal winner Mark Leiren-Young (Never Shoot a Stampede Queen), lyricist Geoff Berner and Giller Prize finalist Zsuzsi Gartner will lead the sessions and provide one-on-one feedback.

"I think it's a great opportunity for those coming outside Whistler and locals to upgrade their skills and capabilities in many different forms of writing," says organizer Stephen Vogler.

He describes it as a cross between a boot camp and a festival.

Prices range from $75 for one three-hour afternoon workshop to $275 for the full weekend immersion.

For more information on workshops and to register visit

Volunteers needed for GO Fest Adventure Films Series

The Whistler Film Fest is looking for volunteers to help at its annual Adventure Film Series, part of the Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest).

Positions include ushers, box office and concession and will be scheduled from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 16 and 17. Volunteers will be able to watch the films while they are screening, and receive one ticket to the film of their choice for each shift worked.

Email to sign up or for more information. The lineup can be seen at

New surfing film unveiled at Cinnamon Bear Bar

Surfing is Everything, a new film by Rip Curl, is being shown at the Cinnamon Bear Bar on Thursday, May 7, at 10 p.m.

The film is created from webisodes shot around the world, including Tofino, and combined together into a new feature.

Eric Eichberger of Rip Curl said the film was made to promote the Rip Curl Pro Tofino Canadian surfing championships which take place in the Vancouver Island community from May 29 to 31.

"We asked our riders what surfing meant to them and each rider had his own take on it. It means everything to those who are passionate about it," said Eichberger.

The film is preceded by a launch party at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Call for photos at Crystal Gallery

The Crystal Gallery is seeking submissions for their summer photography show.

Gallery manager Robyn Savage says the aim is to reach and include as many local B.C. photographers as possible and have them apply to take part.

The deadline for submissions is the end of May.

For more information contact Savage at

WAC Pop-up Art Studio opens June 1

Are you an artist who'd love a bit of (studio) space? The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) is looking for artists to participate in a new pop-up shared studio in a storefront at the Westin Resort and Spa this summer.

Artists residing in the Sea to Sky Corridor are eligible.

This is a pilot project facilitated by the resort's Community Cultural Officer Anne Popma.

"This project responds to a frequently identified need by local artists for affordable, centrally located studio space where they can create and showcase their work," says Popma in a release.

"It also provides a unique opportunity for visitors to encounter artists at work."

The deadline for artist submissions is Friday, May 8, at

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