Writers’ Circles

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Would a writers’ circle help you?

We welcome writers of all levels and in all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and other.

How it works

A group of writers gathers on a regular basis to support each other in the writing process. The critique should be substantive, focusing on plot or character development, narrative strengths or weaknesses, the accuracy of background material, etc., and have the goal of helping the writer improve the written material, including both constructive criticism and warranted praise.

Members talk about the benefits of belonging to a writers’ circle:

Belonging to a writers’ circle means I have a group of people who share my goals and interests. It is wonderful to be able to discuss writing wholeheartedly with someone who understands.

There is no better way to stay focused and get helpful feedback when writing. Belonging to a Writers’ Circle was instrumental in my achieving a manuscript that got picked up by a publisher.

Author’s autonomy. I have the chance to listen to helpful comments and suggestions, but I am free to use them or not, as my inner artist guides me.

Networking. As part of a group, I get to know other writers. I feel more comfortable in my writers’ organization because I know more about the people. It makes a difference to arrive at a Canadian Authors meeting and recognize the faces of others.

Encourages me to be more productive and … know better where to market by seeing what some liked about my piece of work.

The exposure to different points of view is valuable.

The feedback I received gave me the courage to submit my work into a writing contest. I won.

Joining a Writers’ Circle

Ongoing participation is open to members of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver. A prospective member can attend three meetings, and then both the prospective member and the group decide if the Writers’ Circle is a good fit. At that time, the person is required to join the Canadian Authors Association if they are not already a member.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: No writers’ circles are held in person due to the Covid-!9 pandemic.

At this time, the Victoria Canadian Authors group does not have a writers’ circle in operation.

To find out more about a Writers’ Circle in your area (including Victoria), contact Roxanne Davies at VANwriterscircles(at)canadianauthors.org

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Upcoming

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.

Upcoming

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

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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.