Victoria Past Events

2020

Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5 to 7 pm
Writers Winter Meet & Greet
Sponsored by Canadian Authors–Victoria, Federation of BC Writers, and Victoria Writers’ Society.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 7 to 9 pm, SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic  Eight readers to be selected through a lottery. Readings up to 5 minutes.
Featured readers: Judee Fong and Myrtle Siebert.
Cost: Free admission
Location: Caffe Fantastico, 965 Kings Road (at Quadra), Victoria, BC
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 7 to 9 pm, SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic – Twelve readers to be selected through a lottery. Readings up to 5 minutes.
Featured reader: Liz Rachel Walker.
Cost: Free admission
Location: Caffe Fantastico, 965 Kings Road (at Quadra), Victoria, BC
Until further notice: All meetings for the Victoria Group are cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They join with all the Metro Vancouver (Including Victoria) branch members for meetings held on the Zoom platform. Here’s a link to the CA–MV Events page

2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm
SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic
Featured readers: Laurel Deedrick-Mayne and
Wallace George du Temple

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm
SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic
Featured readers: Alfred Cool and Margaret Gracie

Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Victoria Writers Autumn Meet & Greet
Sponsored by Canadian Authors-Victoria, Federation of BC Writers and Victoria Writers Society.

Friday, April 26 from 5 to 7 pm
Victoria Writers Spring Meet & Greet
Sponsored by Canadian Authors-Victoria, Federation of BC Writers and Victoria Writers Society.

Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic
Featured writer: Tom Rippon

Tuesday, February 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic
Featured writers: P.W. Bridgman, Leila Kulpas

2018

Tuesday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Prose Open Mic
Featured writers: Howard Stewart, May Wong.

Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Prose Open Mic
Featured writers: Liz Bass, Kay Stewart.

Friday, September 7 from 5 to 7 pm – Victoria Writers Autumn Meet & Greet
The Federation of BC Writers, Victoria Writers’ Society, and Canadian Authors–Victoria partner for a writers’ social.

Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 4:30 pm
Reimagine the Page: Editing Strategies for Deep Revisions
Workshop with Jennifer Manuel.

Friday, April 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm – Writers Spring Meet & Greet
The Federation of BC Writers, Victoria Writers’ Society, and Canadian Authors–Victoria are partnering for a Meet & Greet.

Tuesday, March 20 from 7 to 8:15 pm – Prose Open Mic
Come out for a chance to read your fiction or non-fiction at Victoria’s prose open-mic event. Featuring Victoria writer Ruby Monroe.

Tuesday, February 20 from 7 to 9 pm – Prose Open Mic
Five-minute readings of fiction and non-fiction (please keep language family-friendly for this venue). Featuring  Steve Szalai and Liz Walker.

2017

Tue Nov 21 from 7 to 9 pm – Speak Easy Prose Open Mic
Five-minute readings of fiction and non-fiction. Featuring Voyageur Storytelling on Stephen Leacock’s ideas about writing and creating.

Fri Nov 3 from 5 to 7 pm – Victoria Writers Meet & Greet
The Victoria Writers’ Society, Federation of BC Writers, and Canadian Authors–Victoria are partnering for a Meet and Greet.

Tue Oct 17 from 7 to 9 pm – Speak Easy Prose Open Mic Read fiction or nonfiction at Speak Easy, Victoria’s newest prose open-mic event.
Featured readers will include Victoria author Margaret Gracie and winners of the Canadian Authors–Victoria 2017 flash creative nonfiction contest. 

Fri July 21 – Victoria Writers Meet & Greet

Fri Jun 16 to Tue Aug 8 – Flash Creative Nonfiction ContestWinners Announced

Tue Jun 13 7 pm – Speak Easy Open Mic
Victoria authors Andrea McKenzie Raine and Myrtle Siebert will be the featured readers. 

Tue Apr 25  Speak Easy Prose Open Mic
Victoria authors Kay Stewart and Frank Wilson will be the featured readers. 

Fri Apr 21  Victoria Writers Meet & Greet

Fri Jan 20 – Victoria Writers Meet & Greet

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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.

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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.