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Due to improving COVID-19 conditions, we are now offering in-person presentations, as well as on ZOOM. Contact us for more details. 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 won't be able to see anything, but you will be able to hear everything going on at the meetings.

Upcoming Events

Sat., March 23rd, 2024

 10:00 AM-4 PM at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way Coquitlam BC

Tri-City Wordsmiths' BOOK FEST 2024!

Everyone is welcome for free morning sessions for children, afternoon sessions for writers, and an allday book fair! Writers can also sign up for Blue Pencil sessions and get feedback on their writing from an industry professional ($25 for 30 minutes). The Good Wolf Café will be onsite to provide refreshments.

Sat., April 6th, 2024

 1:30-4 PM a presentation with Marie MacKay

Marie is a self-proclaimed angst queen: "I write omegaverse and fantasy romance, most often with many lovers per lady. I have a strong preference toward enemies to lovers, bully, and dark voices. The voices I bring to the paper draw from the distinct social settings in which I have lived, the many places I have travelled, and from my time in health care."

Attend presentations at Terry Fox Library or via ZOOM: To participate

in our meeting, please send an email to:

tri.city.wordsmiths@gmail.com with a request

to attend, stating either ONLINE or In-Library

Past Events
Note: Many of the presenters share their material on the Members Only page
(for the most complete listing, please use a computer, not a cell phone)
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Funny You Should Say: Humour Techniques for Children’s Writers presented by

Mark David Smith. He led us through a series of writing techniques, using examples from various well-known children's books. 

February 3, 2024

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December 2, 2023

Writing down the bones, A poetry workshop

with Jude Neale

This poetry workshop, led by nationally acclaimed author, Jude Neale, is for novices as well as experienced writers. It will ignite your imagination and free your creativity through writing prompts, games, and exercises.

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October 14, 2023

Writing a Memoir: Do You Dare? with Heather Conn. Writing a memoir can be daunting, especially if you’re revealing family secrets. How and where do you start and find the resilience to face many related challenges, from vicious feedback and writer’s block to multiple rejections and rude agents?

Heather will share her own memoir-writing experiences while covering the basics of craft, the writing process, publishing, and handling relatives and others who criticize your stance. Includes brief readings and books for sale.

August 12, 2023

Write What You Know: Tips for Getting Your Children’s Writing Published, with Eileen Holland. Learn the ins and outs of how a 33-year veteran schoolteacher used writerly advice and genetic stubbornness to get her two children’s books published.

June 03, 2023

Wherever you are in your writing career, let award-winning author, Bill Arnott, help you create and implement foolproof strategies to maximize your success.

Gain the tools to brand, promote, and market your book and enjoy doing it

May 06, 2023

Tri-City Wordsmiths presents a writers' festival celebrating its 10th anniversary as a writing club in the Tri-Cities.

Port Coquitlam May Days (PCMD) Readers and Writers Festival features a full day of panels, workshops, market hall, blue-pencil sessions, and more.

Generously supported by the City of Port Coquitlam, the Port Coquitlam Arts Council, and the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation's Community Capital Projects Matching Grant Program

Apr 01, 2023

If you seek to create creativity in your life, there are five areas/activities in your life that Amber Cowie can help you identify and cultivate to find space for your work. Nurturing these spaces and moments could turn a glimmer of an idea into the work you’ve been waiting to create. It’s not about making space in your home or your life. It’s about making space in your mind

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Feb 04, 2023

"The Play's the thing, and how to create one.' Playwright Ruth Kozak, with Jay Hamburger, Artistic Director of Vancouver based Theater in the Raw

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Dec 02, 2022

Poetry Readings and "Sustaining your writing practice” 

with Renée Sarojini Saklikar

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"What's Your Story?" with Caitlin Hicks

Oct 01, 2022

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"Writing History as Fiction" with Margie Taylor

August 06, 2022

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June 04, 2022

"Sentences with Style" by Frances Peck

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Apr 02, 2022

"Strategies for writing a first draft" by Christina Myers

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Feb 05, 2022

"Overcoming Our Fears to Write

Powerful Stories" by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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Dec 04, 2021

'The Art of Revision: How to Re-see Your Poetry' ' by Renee Saklikar

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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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