About Us

The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) was founded in 1921 to lobby for authors’ rights. Stephen Leacock, Pelham Edgar, B.K. Sandwell, and John Murray Gibbon, among other prominent writers of the time were instrumental in the 1924 copyright legislation. That tradition has continued  with the Association’s  pressure for a new Copyright Act in the 1980s.

Writers helping writers since 1921 is more than our motto. We are actively involved in living out these words and have been for over 100 years.

Today, the CAA boasts a National Office located in Toronto, Ontario with branches Canada-wide. We are an organization dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers and encouraging works of literary and artistic merit.

We offer resources and opportunities to aspiring, emerging, and professional writers in British Columbia and beyond to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals.

Visit the Canadian Authors Association national website, which includes program information, literary news, an events calendar, and other writing-related resources.

And check us out at our CanadianAuthors-BC FACEBOOK PAGE.

A listing of the 2020 Branch Executive is available on our member’s page.

Our guest speakers are experts on a variety of topics, all to do with writing. We organize and participate in a variety of writing-related community events and workshops throughout the year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved our meetings to the Zoom Virtual Platform.

The Victoria group has cancelled their meetings and events during the Covid-19 pandemic and take part in our regular Zoom meetings.

We coordinate writers’ circles within the Metro Vancouver area. The circles are no longer held in person during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An executive committee manages the Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver Branch (Including Victoria). All positions are volunteer. For more information about us, please send an email to Branch President Kathleen Schmitt at VANpresident@canadianauthors.org.


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News & Events

Canadian Authors BC News & Events


Nov 10 – Emma Donoghue 4 – 5 pm PST

To reserve a free spot to any of our Zoom events, please email or VANinfo@canadianauthors.org

Winners of the 2021 Whistler Independent Book Awards were announced on Friday October 15. 

Many thanks to our members across Canada who served as anonymous reviewers. Their profiles can be seen on this page: Canadian Authors WIBA reviewers.

2021 WIBA winners:  Valerie Dunsmore of Calgary won the fiction category for Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit. The Non-fiction winner was Fran Hurcomb of Yellowknife, for Breaking Trail.

Mark your calendars. Our monthly literary events take place via Zoom the second Wednesday of each month from 4-5 pm Pacific time. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

2021 Event Schedule

Monthly Zoom presentations and workshops are held from 4 to 5 pm, Pacific time. No Charge.
Registration required – open to the public.


Nov 10 – Emma Donoghue 4 – 5 pm PST

To reserve a free spot to any of our Zoom events, please email or VANinfo@canadianauthors.org

2021 past events

Iona Whishaw Jan 20: The Book Only You Can Write

Jacqueline Carmichael Feb 10: Journey from a self-published book to a trade publication

KT Wagner March 10: Writing short fiction in 2021

Cynthia Sharp Apr 14: Poetry writing workshop

Danny Ramadan Wed May 12: Writer voices, writer identities

Joan Marie Galat Wed June 9: The Business of Getting Published

Sep 8 – Open Mic for Members and Non-members

Oct 13 – Alan Bradley Wed Oct 13 Finding Inspiration


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.