Events, workshops and courses for writers in BC

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Welcome writers!  Whether you are a new or experienced writer, it can be very helpful to take a break from solitary writing and meet other writers and publishing professionals. Below you will find a list of writing events to help you find opportunities to learn and network. 3 Penny Publishing events are listed first, followed by other writing events in BC and beyond.

Note: Before joining a writers’ group, you should read these warnings by Jane Friedman first. And here are more tips on how to choose the best writing group from the UK.

“I get a lot of letters from people. They say: ‘I want to be a writer. What should I do?’ I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.” —Ruth Rendell  

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” —Neil Gaiman

“Beware of advice—even this.” —Carl Sandburg

Upcoming 3 Penny Publishing Workshops:

* (Details coming soon) Summer 2017 – Shawna Barker of Synergy Nutrition – How to use blogging, email lists, and events for marketing.
* (Details coming soon) Summer 2017 – Get started on Instagram with CoachingByMegan.com
* (Details coming soon) Fall 2017 – Self-Publishing Writers’ Panel

See past 3 Penny Publishing workshops here .

writers workshop in 2011 in Victoria BC

Writers’ Events in BC:

BC Writers’ Literary Calendar
Word Vancouver Festival
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Surrey International Writers Conference
Victoria Festival of Authors
Victoria Book Prize Society
Sidney Literary Festival
Galiano Literary Festival
Canadian Authors Calendar
Writer’s Union of Canada AGM
Victoria Writer’s Society Calendar
VCON Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention
Cuffed Crime Writer’s Festival 
Vancouver Art Book Fair
BC Book Prize

EVENTS Beyond BC:

Indie Author Day (everywhere)
Indie Bookstore Day (everywhere)
BookNet Canada (Toronto)
LitHop (Portland)
LitQuake (San Francisco)
Hay Festival (UK).

Writing and Publishing Courses (BC): 

Camosun College – Writing and Publishing
Royal Roads Writing Courses
UVIC Writing Courses
SFU Publishing Courses
Victoria and Vancouver Public Library community writing events

Courses for Children & Youth:

StoryStudio.com (Victoria BC) is a Victoria non-profit to help children write and publish their own stories. They provide programs in schools, community and in studio.

Creative Writing for Children (Vancouver) is a Vancouver non-profit to help students write, illustrate, and publish their own books. They treat the craft of writing seriously and offer classes in several Vancouver locations.

Writers’ Exchange (East Vancouver) With many creative literacy activities, volunteers help children boost their literacy skills. Their Writers’ Exchange bring together volunteers, kids, and creativity.