About Us

We Are Writers Helping Writers Since 1921

Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver Branch (Including Victoria) is part of the national Canadian Authors Associationa membership-based organization that offer aspiring, emerging, and professional writers opportunities and resources to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals.

Founded in 1921 by Stephen Leacock and other prominent writers to lobby for protecting authors’ rights, Canadian Authors continue to pursue this objective.

Events
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.

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

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

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News & Events

CA–Metro Vancouver News & Events

The 2021 Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAS) submission period March 1 – April 30, 2021.

2020 WIBA winners:  C.V. Gauthier won the fiction category for Charlee LeBeau and the Gambler’s Promise. The Non-fiction winner was Laesa Faith Kim for Can’t Breathe.

Mark your calendars. Our regular monthly take place via Zoom the second Wednesday of each month. 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.

Upcoming

Wed Mar 10

KT Wagner on Writing short fiction in 2021

Wed Apr 14 –
Cynthia Sharp Poetry workshop — try your hand

Wed May 12 – Danny Ramadan

Wed Jun 9 – Joan Marie Galat

2021 past events

Iona Whishaw Wed Jan 20 Author of the bestselling Lane Winslow historic mystery series: The Book Only You Can Write

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

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DID YOU KNOW?

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.