Alex Browne photo South Surrey author Cristy Watson is committee chair for the new federally-funded Wise Words writing program for seniors.

Alex Browne photo South Surrey author Cristy Watson is committee chair for the new federally-funded Wise Words writing program for seniors.

Innovative B.C.-wide seniors’ writing program to be led by South Surrey author

‘Wise Words’ conducted by telephone and video-conferencing

The Federation of BC Writers (FBCW) has announced the launch of a unique senior-focused writing program, named Wise Words.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, Wise Words will be conducted in a series of more than 20 telephone and video-conferencing sessions, some of them broadcast from South Surrey, home of committee chair Cristy Watson.

Watson, well known as the author of a series of young adult novels – including Benched, Cutter Boy, Epic Fail and Locked Up, noted in a media release that the project is not only aimed at older writers, but will also be run and delivered by seniors from communities throughout B.C.

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“We are thrilled to be able to run this programming online and via telephone, so we can also reach rural and small communities,” Watson said.

“I look forward to engaging with seniors in the South Surrey community and across the province.”

The finished product of Wise Words – due to wind up in the Spring of 2022 – is to be a published anthology, including a projected 20 articles.

“We have a great group of passionate committee members and staff, and we look forward to welcoming participants in this rewarding project, that would not be possible without Service Canada’s grant,” Watson said

Those who would like to be involved, or have questions about the program are invited to visit https://www.bcwriters.ca/



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