Due to COVID -19 our library meetings have gone online. We are now on ZOOM, likely into the Spring of 2022. Registration for meetings are requested, by e-mail to: tri.city.wordsmiths@gmail.com. You will receive confirmation of your attendance and further instructions closer to the meeting day. You do not need a webcam on your computer, and you can also use a smartphone or a regular telephone. By phone you may not be able to see everyone, but you will be able to hear everything going on at the meetings.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Dec 4th, 2021, 2-4:30 pm via ZOOM 

Renee Saklikar’s presentation on 'The Art of Revision: How to Re-see Your Poetry'

2 pm, via Zoom


Renee’s latest book is: "Bramah and the Beggar Boy: An Epic Fantasy in Verse"

Renée Saklikar’s ground-breaking poetry book about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, children of air india, won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her book Listening to the Bees, co-authored with Dr. Mark Winston, won the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award (Environment/Ecology). Trained as a lawyer, Saklikar is an instructor at SFU and VCC. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey (2015–2018) and was the 2017 UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence. Curator of the poetry series Lunch Poems at SFU and the Poetry Phone (1-833-POEMS-4-U), she has seen her work adapted for opera, visual art and dance. THOT J BAP is her sci-fi poetry epic, ten years in the making.

Ongoing Events
Past Events

Shoreline Writers' Group

Once a month, on Sundays, 1-4 p.m., in 2nd floor boardroom of Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, V3B 0Y1. This is a partnership between the Shoreline Writers' Group (formerly the Shoreline Writers' Society) and Tri-City Wordsmiths, uniting a critique group (SWG) and a community of writers (TCW). All area writers are welcome; it's not necessary to be a member of either group to attend.

SWG Meetings are suspended until further notice.

Note: Many of the presenters share their material on the Members Only page
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'Writing for Social Justice' by Alison Tedford

Oct 02, 2021

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What Voice in Yonder Writing Breaks? by Patrick Cotter

Aug 07, 2021

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The Impossible Longing

by Traci Skuce

Jun 05, 2021

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Copyright - What Writers Should Know by George Opacic

Apr 10, 2021

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Surrealisms: Dream Injections to Strengthen Poetry and Prose

with Kevin Spenst

Dec 05, 2020

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Oct 03, 2020

Getting your Feet Wet: The benefits of publication in literary journals

Presented by Jennifer Landel, Managing Editor of Pulp Literature as well as writer, editor, artist, equestrian, and swordswoman.

Aug 08, 2020

Writing Comedy: How hard can it be?

Humour is tricky but is a handy tool, every author should use. AJ Devlin explained the uses and techniques of adding in humour.

Feb 08, 2020

Taxing Writers

Tri-City Writers presents author George Opacic on Helping Writers understand tax-related matters.

Apr 06, 2019

Beyond the First Draft: Revising Your Work

Tri-City Wordsmiths presenter John Mavin described a method of rewriting which can take your manuscript from a first raw draft to a polished story, ready for sharing with the world. 

John Mavin, is the author of Rage, a collection of short stories. He has taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, with New Shoots (an annual UBC creative writing program), and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He has also been a nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize. In this workshop, 

Feb 02, 2019

5 Top Ways to Avoid Looking like a Dork on Social Media

Barbara Drozdowich, author of 18 books, is an online course instructor and a technical trainer to writers. Her latest book, The Author’s Guide To Self-Publishing For Canadians, was released in 2018.

This workshop was aimed at writers who are new to social media and apprehensive about using it. The speaker  discussed 5 simple ways to make life easier, when navigating this technology. She answered such questions as: What are the top three social media platforms for authors, and who is using them? What are hash tags and why are they so powerful? How can writers create an effective social media bio?

Jan 05, 2019

Dreaming into Reality: Editing Your Writing

Rhea Rose, Writer, Poet, Artist, Teacher, Indie Publisher addressed the Tri-City Wordsmiths’ Annual Membership Renewal and Social Meeting  presenting her view as a professional editor about different types of editing and how to find reasonably priced help for polishing manuscripts.

Dec 01, 2018

Publishers, Libraries & Writers: An Evolving World

As Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Valley Regional Library Scott offered his insights as to how writers can work with their libraries, concentrating on three themes: recent trends in publishing, and what it means for you as an author; how to market your book, generally; and how to market your book specifically to libraries, given their changing role.

Oct 13, 2018

Dread, Horror and Gore: How to Write Effective Dark Fiction

Our speaker discussed the subject of dread, and the various techniques that can evoke it in your stories. Using examples from literature and movies, Tocher explained how to establish a horrifying mood, and provided miscellaneous tips for writing gore. Check out David's publishing website: Dark Dragon Publishing.

Aug 04, 2018

Living the Past: Historical Fiction for Storytellers With Carol M. Cram

In this 2-hour workshop, Carol focussed on using the past as a vehicle for story, rather than as an end in itself. Participants were offered tips for writing historical fiction and completed some hands-on exercises. Please visit her website at CarolCram.com

Feb 03, 2018

Research Tips: Discovering Stories in 19th Century North America with Yvonne Harris

Yvonne Harris, local author of six books of historical fiction for adults and children, as well as several travel books on Canada's north. www.yvonneharris.com

Dec 03, 2016

Conflict & Young-Adult Fiction A writing workshop with Eileen Cook

Using YA novels as examples, Eileen will also explore how conflict can be increased, providing tips that are useful to writers of all genres.


Oct 01, 2016

How To Upload Your E-Book A writing workshop with Perry (P.A.) Wilson

Perry will teach the process of getting your books on Amazon and other online distributors. She will explore the steps needed for the uploading process, from preparing your work to clicking “publish”.

Dec 06, 2014

A Crime Writers’ Panel with Owen Laukkanen, Derrick Carew, and Stefano Mazzega

Discover how these three writers started in the crime-writing genre, what they’ve learned along the way, and what tips and tricks they can share with those of us who hope to follow in their footsteps as crime writers.

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