VAN Programs

Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver (Including Victoria) Branch Programs

Notice/Updates: Many of the programs and services listed on this page have been suspended or modified until further notice due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

In addition to these local programs, there are a number of programs and services offered by the national organization which are available to all members.

Writers’ Circles A group of Vancouver writers gather on a regular basis to support each other in the writing process. It is a way to stay focused and get helpful feedback, with the goal of helping the writer improve the written material, including both constructive criticism and warranted praise. 
No writers’ circle meetings will be held in person until futher notice.

Vancouver Events include monthly meetings with guest speakers, workshops and special presentations, member’s socials and writers conferences. Subscribe to Metro Vancouver’s newsletter for updates.
All scheduled meetings are now held via the Zoom Virtual platform.

Victoria Events include guest speakers, open mic sessions, and meet and greet events. Dates and locations vary. Subscribe to Victoria’s newsletter for updates.
All Victoria events and meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Canadian Authors Association National Programs & Services

  1. UPDATE: CanWrite! 2021 writers’ conference takes place virtually via Zoom on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Watch for registration details coming early in the new year.
  2. Webinars
  3. Literary Awards Program
  4. Roving Writers Touring Program
  5. Young Authors of Canada Program
  6. Member Directory
  7. Professional Development
  8. Writers Helping Writers
  9. Professional Editor-in-Residence (PEiR) Program

To find out more about these programs and services, visit the national website.

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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.