Turning your scribbles into published pages

Surrey author Ben Nuttall-Smith speaks at the Surrey Art Gallery about how to land a publisher.

Author Ben Nuttall-Smith will speak at the Surrey Art Gallery on Feb.2.

We all have stories to tell. Anyone can write a book.

How does one go from that first page to the ultimate joy of professional publication? On Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Thursday Artist Talk speaker series at the Surrey Art Gallery, locally published author and poet Ben Nuttall-Smith presents the steps for a writer to get accepted by a publisher.

Surrey-based Nuttall-Smith will use examples from his own writing experience and search for a publisher, as well as segments from his two recent novels. Admission is free.

Ben Nuttall-Smith taught music, theatre, art, and language until he retired in 1991. He is an executive member of the Canadian Authors’ Association, Fraser Valley representative for the Federation of British Columbia Writers, an Editorial Board member for the Canadian Poetry Association, and member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. His publications include an historical novel (Blood, Feathers and Holy Men, 2011), a biographical novel (Secrets Kept / Secrets Told, 2012), three books of poetry (Word Painting, Splashes of Light, Scribbles from Afar), and a 3500 word illustrated children’s book (Henry Hamster Esquire). In recognition of his work as a writer, and of his significant contribution to the community of writers, Nuttall-Smith was the recipient of Surrey Board of Trade’s 2011 Special Achievement Award.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk, which concludes by 9 p.m. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/arts.

Just Posted

Mobility commission investigates how to charge Surrey motorists

32 Avenue and 152 Street considered ‘key congestion area’

VIDEO: Double-decker bus pilot in Langley gets rave reviews

The ceiling is a little low, but other than that, everyone seems to be a fan

Emaciated dog brought to Surrey shelter now healthy and up for adoption

Eclipse came into the Surrey Resource Animal Shelter last summer in skeletal, calloused condition

Comic Strippers return to Surrey’s Bell a year after ‘milestone’ show there

‘That was our biggest show ever,’ says Ken Lawson of male-stripper parody/improv-comedy production

Crash on Highway 10 in Surrey

DriveBC reports the crash happened eastbound, and that the left lane on highway is blocked

Solitary-confinement veto a chance to address mental health: advocate

B.C. Supreme Court made the landmark ruling Wednesday

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Teachers’ union votes for non-confidence in school board

Lack of action after embattled trustee’s comments created unsafe workplace, Chilliwack teachers claim

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Global Affairs aware of report of two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria

The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan to Abuja when they were ambushed around Kagarko

Most Read