Thursday, November 21, 2013

Canadian Authors Association

On Wednesday, November 13th I sailed from my island home—Mayne Island—to attend a Canadian Authors Association meeting. As this was my first meeting, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And I was pleasantly surprised. My pen flew across the paper, taking notes, as the panel of executives generously shared their favourite writing tips.

'-No matter what your writing style, get a professional editor to review your work to help you say what you mean
-Organize your research and compose an original style of presenting your information
-Observe and analyze daily events that present magical moments
-Use proper grammar and strengthen your verbs
-Be consistent in your writing habits
-Know about the field and offer something that will capture the reader in that particular field. Humour and things that uplift and support the individual industry are welcome.
-Ignore your internal critic, and write anyway, because you have a story to tell.
-Reading your material out loud is the best way to get a feel for your story.
-Belong to a Writing Circle.
-A writer helping other writers—share your wisdom and support other writers
-Make your writing a business.'
quoted from the handout.

I highly recommended that all writers attended these meetings.

'Canadian Authors Vancouver holds monthly meetings on a variety of topics, all to do with aspects of writing. The public is welcome.' -quoted from News You Can Use

Meetings:  2nd Wednesday of month
September to November, January to May
At Alliance for Arts, 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. [doors open at 6:45 pm]

Vancouver website:
National website:

And for a slightly different account of the evening, please visit William Hay's blog
While flipping the winter issue of Aqua magazine I found another example of writers helping writers. This one was closer to home--in fact, it was on Mayne Island. The article is called The Power of Six:  Mayne Island Authors Group Creates Literary Excitement (written by Cherie Thiessen). The six authors are Amber Harvey, Jack Schofield, Lael Whitehead, Grant Buday, Helen O'Brain and Robert Harlow. Together they promote their work and lend each other support. To learn more about this group, please visit the Mayne Island Authors website. The article ends with an invitation to get involved with the group. First step contacting Jack Schofield (
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Tomorrow:  Please welcome Author David Fraser
Next Thursday:  I rave about Stephen King's Baby Boomer genre thriller Insomnia

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