North Shore Writers Festival

Where readers and writers meet


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Getting Started, Getting Published – Panel Discussion

The North Shore Writers Association has a mandate to help writers get started and get published, so to assemble a panel of writers to talk about the topic of beginning as a writer. The panel today had Fran Bourassa, Gerhard Winkler, Sylvia Taylor, Lynn Crymble and Bernice Lever talking about all sorts of things.

The panel talked about topics like how each of the writers began as writers, what kind of doubts about their writing they’ve had since then (and what they’ve done about them), the value of writing organizations and groups, and the trials of getting published.

We had a 12-year-old and a physician who’d worked with the Hudson’s Bay Company 50 years ago ask questions and get big-picture advice, and people trying to find out how to stop getting lost in the manuscript. Lynn answered questions about her time spent planning versus writing the novel. Sylvia talked about writing prompts and avoiding internal editors (with the idea of having a lovingly-titled “barf draft”). Gerhard told stories of getting good honest feedback (even when they told him to kill the story). Fran encouraged the audience to not get hung up on getting published and start small.

Thanks very much to the North Shore Writers Association for leading such an informative and entertaining talk!

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Festival Day is Saturday, April 21st!

 The 2012 North Shore Writers Festival will take place this Saturday!  Your festival organizers – the North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District and West Vancouver Memorial Libraries – are looking forward to the 13th annual gathering of writers and readers on the North Shore.

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Which event is labelled “must attend” on your social calendar?  

All events are held at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive.  Parking and transit details here.


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Where to Check Out Festival Titles

With just under two weeks before the festival, now would be a fabulous time to brush up on our fantastic headlining authors’ books. Whether you want to power through all of them or get a group together to read one and discuss before the festival, the North Shore Writers Fest authors offer something for everyone. The following provides a list of the headlining authors’ most popular titles with links into each of the sponsoring librarys’ catalogues (where you can find descriptions and holdings info):

North Vancouver City Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows , Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

North Vancouver District Public Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

West Vancouver Memorial Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance


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Food with the Festivities

Wine and CheeseNew at the North Shore Writers Festival this year is the Writers and Readers Reception. On the festival day, right after Daniel Kalla speaks and right before we hear from Anita Rau Badami, the Writers and Readers Reception will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be wine, cheese and the opportunity to mingle with festival presenters and fellow festival-goers in a lively atmosphere. Before the hour is over there will be a prize draw where one lucky person will take home a brand-new Kobo e-reader, generously donated by Chapters.

Plus, if you’re feeling peckish throughout the day as you take in the multitude of festival events, there will be delectable treats available for you to purchase. Ayoub’s Dried Fruits and Nuts will be at the festival, selling an assortment of dried fruits and roasted nuts. Cravings Kettle Corn will also be on site, selling delicious freshly popped kettle corn and assorted treats. Buy something for yourself to eat at the festival or to take home as gifts or souvenirs!

See you at the festival on April 21 at West Vancouver Memorial Library!