Wed Jan 13 – 7 to 9 p.m. Robert W. Mackay, an Award-winning author
Tailoring your research and writing to create believable scenes, characters and stories

Gold and Silver IPPY Award-winning author Robert W. (Bob) Mackay meticulously creates scenes and characters that fit with the era of his stories. In his presentation, Mackay gives sound advice to help writers of all levels and genres of research, writing and creating scenes and characters that make his readers keep turning the page.Topics include: Tips and advice on research, reviewing scenes to keep them realistic, historically appropriate character behaviour and actions, and their relationships with others, and how to create your storyline based on real events vs. fiction.

Wed Feb 10 at 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Hosted by Jean Kay | Moderated by Carol Tulpar

Twenty local authors were reading from their works.

Featured Authors

Margo Bates | The Queen of a Gated Community | Humour, Fiction
Susilawati Bryant | Breach of Promise: The Background to Secrets | Poemoire
Melba Burns | Poetry from her book Naked Nights: Insomniatic Ramblings
Aidan Chafe | Why God is a Father & Diary of a Redhead | Poetry
Roxanne Davies | Sage Advice from the Skunk Whisperer | Essay
Jo Dworschak |Opa’s knee | Non-Fiction
Tara Holfeld | Poetry
Jean Kay | Love For All | Poetry
Bernice Lever | Faceless Facebook | Poetry
Robert Longe | The Nisselinka Claims | Historical Fiction, set in British Columbia
Sharon MacGougan| The Mayan Mysteries | Fiction
Jo Macleod | Heaven Help Us: A modern-day ghost story inspired by true events | Fiction
Erin MacNair | The Maker’s Mark | Memoir
Almina McCarthy | Non-fiction short story for Chicken Soup for the Soul
Joanne Pegusch | The Chrysalis | Autobiography
Patricia Sandberg | Gunnar Mines | Non-Fiction, Oral History
Nina Shoroplova | Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom | Spiritual Self Help
Don Simpson | Jackson’s Perfect Christmas | Humour
Sylvia Taylor | The Mating Dance | Non-fiction
Lilija Valis | Star Song | Poetry

Wed Feb 10: In addition to the Open Mic event, Canadian Authors Vancouver launched its 2016 Story Contest.

Wed Mar 9: An evening with Sam Hiyate, Literary Agent

Canadian Authors Vancouver welcomes Toronto-based Sam Hiyate as he offers his top tips for writers on what literary agents want and what to do once you GET an agent. He’ll give us an update on the publishing industry, clients, events, sales, tips, and trends. Plus, he’ll fill us in on his latest project: Don’t Talk To Me About Love, an online magazine exploring love in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art.
Sam is president of The Rights Factory, a boutique literary agency. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with New York Times bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities.

Wed Apr 13: April is Poetry Month with host Dennis E. Bolen – Featuring Timothy Shay, Jennifer Zilm, and Elena Johnson

Canadian Authors Vancouver members and guests joined author and poet Dennis E. Bolen and poets Timothy Shay, Jennifer Zilm and Elena Johnson as they discussed their careers, offered tips and anecdotes, read from their latest works, and participated in a forthright and lively Q & A session.

Wed May 11: Claire De Boer presents Journaling for Creative Growth – Seven Reasons to Write Your Story

Claire teaches story writing on her website, in private workshops, and through SFU’s Southbank Writer’s Program. She will introduce the topic of journaling as a foundation to writing memoir and talk about the many reasons to write your story.

Wed Jun Wayde Compton – The writer’s life

Wayde is the winner of the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award. As Director of Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Wayde will read from his works, and talk about the various writing courses and programs offered through Continuing Studies at SFU.

Wed Sep 14  A Fireside Chat with Margaret Anne Hume, Canadian Authors National Chair

Vancouver President Margo Bates interviewed Margaret Hume on the National programs and services, Canadian Writers’ Summit, and benefits of professional membership.

Margaret Hume is a writer with a special interest in Canadian social history. The official biographer of Mary Grannan, Hume has edited a collection of stories and plays broadcast by the creator of Maggie Muggins. Grannan was one of Canada’s earliest and most accomplished female media personalities. Her popular children’s radio and television programs aired on CBC between 1939 and 1962.  (In 1948 alone, 11 thousand Maggie Muggins dolls were sold.)

Sun Sep 25 WORD Vancouver  Free Workshop
Creating an Excellent Book with Craig Shemilt – Island Blue Publishing

Tips for self-published authors, what’s happening in the publishing industry, and a chat about e-books, and their spot in the marketplace. Word Vancouver 2016 Schedule here.

Sep 30 Katherine Koller wins Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver 2016 Story Contest

VANCOUVERKatherine Koller from Edmonton, AB placed first over seven shortlisted writers from three provinces for this year’s Story Contest, sponsored by Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver.  Judy Millar of Nanaimo, BC placed second for her story Cerulean, and Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli of Sudbury, ON placed third for Alligator Shoes.

Cash prizes are First $300, Second $200, and Third $100. In addition, the winning works will be published in the National Voices 2016 Anthology, published biennially by Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver Branch. Winners receive a complimentary copy of the anthology and have the opportunity to read their stories at the branch’s Annual General Meeting and social on December 7th. Winning stories will be posted for one year on our website.

Wed Oct 12  Anne Giardini  Startle And Illuminate: What I learned about writing, my mother and life collecting the writing advice of Carol Shields

Anne Giardini, daughter of the late Carol Shields, will talk about working collaboratively with her son Nicholas to collect and edit Startle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing, PenguinRandomHouse 2016. Ms. Giardini is a lawyer, novelist and currently is Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.

Oct 13-16 Whistler Writers Festival | Whistler Independent Book Awards

The longlist for the awards was determined by Vivalogue Publishing, with the shortlist of three finalists in each category selected by members of Canadian Authors Vancouver. Judges and winners information here.

Wed Nov 9  Aaron Chapman – The Last Gang in Town

Aaron Chapman is a musician, as well as the author of three books about Vancouver’s history. Liquor, Lust and the Law reveals the past of the Penthouse Night Club. In 2015, Live at the Commodore won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Chapman is currently launching The Last Gang in Town (Arsenal Pulp, 2016), and will reveal how he managed to uncover this history of the Vancouver Police versus the Clark Park Gang.

Wed Dec 7  Annual General Meeting & Holiday Social

The winning entries from the 2016 Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver Story Contest were read at the AGM.


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Due to the COVID 19 global pandemic,  Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver meetings are suspended until further notice. We hope to resume our meetings in the fall.
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Historic Joy Kogawa House, the home from which author Joy Kogawa’s family was displaced in 1942, is run by a not-for-profit organization. The house now serves as a cultural and heritage centre, a site of healing and reconciliation, and a place for author residencies.