Past Meetings & Events 2018

Mon Dec 3  — Annual General Meeting and Holiday Social

Wed Nov 14
Russ Froese — Getting the story out: Anatomy of a Disaster—Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Russ Froese is an international award-winning Television Reporter, Anchor and Documentary maker with 35 years experience in domestic and international assignments. He now uses his communication and reporting skills to assist the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) fulfill its humanitarian mission. As a Communications Delegate for the CRC, he was a spokesperson and communications specialist in the disaster zone of Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. “At the time, it was the biggest physical disaster in history. Aid poured in from all over the world. There is quite a story to be told about the realities of working in a war zone with major corruption issues,” says Froese. The term Disaster Response can sound straight-forward. It is not. The complexities of trying to help people and getting aid to where it was needed, was the most challenging and compelling assignment of my career.”

Sun Sep 30
Michael Kluckner — The Agony & The Ecstasy: 35 Years as a BC Author

A free special event at Word Vancouver presented by Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver (Including Victoria).  Michael Kluckner’s career as a working author and artist began in the 1980s with robust sales, big royalties, prizes and great reviews, and proceeded into the chain store and Internet era with declining sales, pitiful royalties, and a revolving door of publishers. This entertaining presentation offers both a rueful reflection on the book industry and some solid advice for authors to move forward with their egos intact. Michael is the author/illustrator of nearly 20 books, including Vanishing Vancouver. Recently he has published three graphic novels with Midtown Press, returning to his roots in his 20s as a newspaper cartoonist.

Wed Oct 10 from 7 to 9 pm  Wendy Roberts Paranormal Mystery Writer — Dead and Kicking

Join paranormal mystery author, Wendy Roberts, as she discusses ghosts, ghouls and demons in writing and in life. The things that go bump in the night are sometimes just writing prompts from beyond the grave. Holy water optional. Wendy Roberts is the author of eleven novels. She writes the Bodies of Evidence thriller series, the Ghost Dusters mysteries, as well as Dating Can Be Deadly, and Grounds to Kill. She is an armchair sleuth and a fan of all things mysterious but a huge chicken at heart. She resides in Surrey, BC where she happily tends to feral cats, rogue raccoons, and writes about murder. Wendy is always working on her next novel.

Wed Sep 12 from 7 to 9 pm:
The Unexpected Memoir with the remarkable author and broadcaster, JJ Lee

JJ’s workshop focuses on a technique to help writers recapture vital memories that elude them. He’s used this writing exercise to help writers and public speakers recall compelling personal stories from their past.

JJ Lee is the author of THE MEASURE OF A MAN: The Story of A Father, A Son, and A Suit. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Charles Taylor, the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize, and the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust prizes for nonfiction. He is the winner of a GOLD National Magazine Award.  JJ served on the jury for the BC Book Prizes, CBC Canada Writes, the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. He mentors the nonfiction workshop at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. He lives in New Westminster. For his latest short nonfiction, check out THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT in Montecristo:

Wed Jun 13 from 7 to 9 pm: Annual Open Mic Night

UPDATE Canadian Authors—Metro Vancouver 2018 Open Mic Night Line Up
(PDF Format)

Twenty readers. Twenty points of view. Five minutes each.

Wed May 9: Columnist Douglas Todd discusses how he tackles some of the contentious issues our communities face today

Todd, a highly decorated journalist and author based in Canada, specializes in migration, ethics, diversity, spirituality, and psychology while remaining curious about most everything else.

Writing mostly for The Vancouver Sun, PostmediaNews and Religion News Service(Washington, D.C.), he has won a book prize and 32 journalism awards, while being shortlisted for 38 additional honours. Vancouver Magazine referred to him as “arguably Vancouver’s most thoughtful journalist.” He frequently gives talks in Canada and around the world.

Todd is the author or editor of three successful books, the most recent being Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia – Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest. He has been awarded several educational scholarships, including the eight-month Jack Shadbolt Fellowship in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. Read more …

Wed Apr 11: Canadian Authors—Metro Vancouver’s Indigenous Women Poets

Featuring Joanne Arnott, Jonina Kirton, and Wanda John-Kehewin with host Kevin Spenst

Wed Mar 14: Electrifying your writing: Twitching, turning, reversing with Tetsuro Shigematsu

Is your scene, short story, book chapter dead on the page? Discover the high-voltage secret to bringing it back to life. Has this happened to you? A friend is watching a terrible movie, just the kind of movie you hate. Yet as you linger, you find yourself slowly drawn in. You observe how the story, scene, or beats TURN, TWITCH, and REVERSE. Learn how to recognize and master these important techniques. Your story will thank you.

Tetsuro Shigematsu is a scholar, writer, and actor, a broadcaster, filmmaker, and theatre and performance artist. He wrote stories for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and in 2004, became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada. For The Roundup on CBChe co-wrote and co-produced nearly a thousand hours of network programming. His most recent theatre work, Empire of the Son, sold out its run before it opened, was named the best show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun and the Georgia Straight and toured across Canada. Tetsuro’s award-winning body of work in film, television, radio, new media, and theatre continues to be taught in Canadian and American universities as examples of cultural possibility.

Wed Feb 14Experimenting with the Potentials of Creative Non-Fiction with Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland is an essayist, poet, and manuscript consultant who designed and established The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University.  Reading from three of her non-fiction works, Warland will illustrate her compositional techniques and strategies in her creative non-fiction writing. Although this is not a workshop, we recommend bringing 2-3 pages of your writing to explore these concepts.

Wed Jan 10: Perfecting your Pitch with Margo Bates

Every writer knows that pitching a story can be a big challenge. How do you balance the need to convey the essence of a story with the need to avoid bogging down in detail? Margo will explain how to pitch in a way that intrigues the listener, whether it’s an agent, publisher, or a potential reader. She will teach participants the all-important skill of being prepared to confidently get the message of their story across in the time available, whether it’s one minute, five, or ten.

Margo Bates is a published author who pitched and successfully marketed her writing to media outlets in North America, Europe, and the UK. She has worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States and London, England with her Vancouver-based company, Margo Bates Publicity. She’s a professional member of Canadian Authors, and an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humour Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook.


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CA–Metro Vancouver News & Events

Whistler Independent Book Awards finalists announced.


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 open here.

Save the date. Sept 29 at WORD Vancouver,  Canadian Authors presents a talk by Jonas Saul. Visit our table and learn more about what we do.

Featuring Vancouver Noir mystery writer Sam Wiebe on Wed Oct 9 and writer-editor Christina Myers at 7 p.m. 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.

CA–Victoria News & Events


Fri Sep 6 from 5 to 7 pm: Writers Meet and Greet

Tue Oct 15 from 7 to 9 pm SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic, featuring Alfred Cool and Margaret Gracie

Tue Nov 19 from 7 to 9 pm SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic, featuring Laurel Deedrick-Mayne and Wallace George du Temple



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.