Past Meetings and Events 2019

Wed Jan 9, 2019 
Voice: Who should tell your story? with Patricia Sandberg

Using her own memories and the stories told to her by over 150 people who lived in her hometown in northern Saskatchewan, Patricia Sandberg has penned a dramatic illustrated work of narrative non-fiction. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake – Gunnar  Mines, a Canadian Story. This book dramatizes the Cold War era when raw uranium from was casually handled by adults and children, who were unaware of the dangers of radiation. Still, most residents said it was the best place they ever lived.

Patricia talked about the voice she used to tell the story and how that carries into the self-publishing decision she made. She discussed how self-publishing can be a great option and sometimes the best option.

A former mining and securities lawyer, Patricia is now working on a novel. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake has won two international awards, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Fred Kerner award, and was a finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards 2017.

Wed Feb 13 Janie Chang: The Past is a Foreign country cancelled due to snowstorm, rescheduled to Wed Jun 12

Wed Mar 13 Spiritual Panel hosted by Ross Waddell

This panel featured Kathleen Schmitt, Kevin Spenst, and Alfred De Pew, who discussed their experiences with various aspects of spirituality

Wed Apr 10 Poetry and Publishing Heidi Greco and Megan Williams

Literary segment
Surrey poet Heidi Greco read and discussed poetry from her most recent books.

Business of Writing segment
Megan Williams Sand Megan Williams described three types of publishing.H

Wed May 8

Literary segment

Anne-Marie Drosso short stories

Cairo-born Anne-Marie Drosso read from her latest short story collection, Hookah Nights, and discussed the Egyptian history that inspired them.

The Business of Writing segment
Megan Williams
The principal of The Self Publishing Agency, Megan shared strategies on publicizing and marketing your book.

Wed Jun 12
Janie Chang: The Past is a Foreign Country

The bestselling author of novels Three souls and Dragon Springs RoadJanie Chang will share her research strategies for finding the details that make historical fiction authentic.


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Whistler Independent Book Awards Shortlist will be announced on July 16. Winners announced at the Whistler Writers Festival in October 2019.


SUMMER SOCIAL for CA–MV members and guests: Wed Aug 21 from 6 to 10 pm at the Firefighters’ Public House in Burnaby.

FALL SEASON OPEN MIC: Wed Sep 11 from 7 – 9 pm. All are welcome. On-line pre-registration will be required, first come, first served. Online registration opens on August 15.

Featuring Vancouver Noir mystery writer Sam Wiebe on Wed Oct 9 and writer-editor Christina Myers on Wed Nov 13.

Our Annual General Meeting and winter social is scheduled for Mon Dec 2 at the Old Spaghetti Factory in New Westminster.


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