Kathleen Schmitt


Kay is the author of two e-novels published online, Getting a Life and Conversations with Amelia, both stories about young girls coming of age but in very different contexts. She has published short stories in literary magazines and anthologies, and even a few poems. Her writing almost always deals with issues of social justice with a feminist edge. She is a member of Cristosal, an organization that raises both funds for and awareness of the social realities in El Salvador where she lived and worked for three years. Kay is also interested in aboriginal issues in Canada and abroad. Kay published three volumes of devotional books entitled Seasons of the Feminine Divine with Crossroads Publishing in New York. Retired, she is seeking publication of an adult novel, Magnificat: Song of Justice. She will soon release a revised edition of Getting a Life and is writing a historical novel set in the 1930s.  Kathleen Schmitt @Amazon

Carol Tulpar

Vice-President | Editor, News You Can Use Newsletter |
Chair, Programs & Publicity Committee | Coordinator, Whistler Independent Book Awards shortlist judging and book reviewers

Carol Tulpar, a former Writing Mentor for the SFU’s Writer’s Studio summer program, currently serves as the Reviews Coordinator for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Having completed her first work of historical fiction, Habit of Secrecy, she is currently working on a second, Secret Listener. Moving between contemporary Canada and wartime Britain, her stories portray conflict involving family secrets and national secrets. Carol’s website.

Margo Bates

Member-at-Large| Membership Chair |Member, Programs & Publicity Committee| Coordinator, Whistler Independent Book Awards shortlist judging 

Margo teaches workshops on research strategies for writing fiction and non-fiction, storytelling, and publicity for authors. In addition to her work as an author, she does public speaking, publicity, and photography. Margo was the president of Canadian Authors—Metro Vancouver (Including Victoria). She served nationally as vice-chair. Margo has worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States, Europe, and London, England with her Vancouver-based company, Margo Bates Publicity. A professional member of Canadian Authors, she’s an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humour Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook. margobates.com

Maureen MacDonald

Recording Secretary

Maureen is a writer and student of creative non-fiction. Her interests have been moulded by a career in public education where her positions spanned from teacher to senior district administrator. As an educator, Maureen published regular professional articles and two resource books in 2008 and 2014. Global development and overcoming poverty through education has taken her to work in Kenya and devote several years to ACCES, the African Canadian Continuing Education Society. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program. Her goal was to complete a story about females against the wilderness. VANsecretary@canadianauthors.org

Jean Kay


Jean Kay has written a poem at the start of every morning since Oct 1997. Her books, Morning Light, and Christmas Poetry to Inspire are available on Amazon. Jean is published in newsletters, anthologies, magazines, Coffee News, and she sells framed poems, bookmarks, and prayer cards at craft fairs. She specializes in creating commissioned poems for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, etc. Jean is a professional member of Canadian Authors and treasurer of the Metro Vancouver branch. Jean wrote the music and lyrics for Canada, our Canada, a song to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary. It is still being sung by the Delta Elder College Singers in their concerts. Jean is also available as a copy editor and speaker.  www.poetrytoinspire.com

Jill Tunbridge

Member-at-Large | Member, Programs & Publicity Committee

Jill Tunbridge is a multi-talented artist living in White Rock.  Born in Cape Town and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, she has seen a lot. After graduating from university (Guelph), she moved to BC, where she opened a dance studio. Jill has published two books and attends writers’ conferences whenever possible. She is a proud member of the Canadian Authors Association and believes the art of communication has enough power to warm the coldest heart. “Art, whether it’s music, drawing or writing, is equivalent to liquid sunshine for the soul.”

Allison Friebertshauser

Member-at-Large | Member, Programs & Publicity Committee

Allison writes sci-fi and fantasy novels, and the occasional screenplay and short story. She is a graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, was a mentee in the WriteMentor 2019 season, and received the Outstanding Contribution Award in 2016 from SCBWI British Isles. She regularly attends writing conferences in the Greater Vancouver area, even when it means missing her weekly D&D game. She is currently seeking representation for her latest novel, which follows an all-girl gang of thieves in a distant star cluster.


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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.


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


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.