North Shore Writers Festival

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North Shore Writers Festival 2015

Back for its 16th year, the North Shore Writers Festival invites Writers and Readers to another fantastic literary weekend on April 17th and 18th, 2015, at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Check out our Lineup and Schedule of Events for all the details. We’ll see you there! The festival is free and no registration is required.



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Next Fest: April 11 & 12, 2014

Mark your calendars! The 2014 North Shore Writers Festival will be held Friday April 11th and Saturday April 12th at the North Vancouver City Library.

We are finalizing our speakers now and are super excited to begin unveiling them soon. Stay tuned for more details!



Next Steps for After the Writing is Done

Have you written a book? Gotten it published? Self published? E-published?

Now what?

Find out what lies in store for authors once their work is ready for publication and sales at the festival’s panel entitled So You’re Finally Published! Now What? Five authors who have all finished a book share their thoughts and advice on what to do after the writing is done.


Martin_CrosbieThe panel includes Martin Crosbie, a local author who has had great success self publishing after his novel, My Temporary Life, was rejected by more than 100 agents and publishers. After self publishing the title, he sold over 100,000 eBooks and became an Amazon bestseller.


Lynn_CrymbleLynn Crymble will speak to the post-writing process from the perspective of having been published by a major house, Harper Collins, and going through a torturous second novel editing process.


Sylvia TaylorAward-winning author and former B.C. Federation of Writers director Sylvia Taylor is will speak about her experiences marketing her book after Heritage House Publishing released her historical literary memoir, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast, in September, 2012.



Maggie_BolithoSonia_HaynesOther panelists will include Sonia Haynes, author of the personal development book, The Power of Money: How You See Money Is How You See Yourself and Maggie Bolitho, whose YA novel, tentatively called Lockdown, is scheduled to be released by Great Plains Teen Fiction in Spring, 2014.


The panel will be held in the Community Room at the Lynn Valley Library at 10a.m. on Saturday April 20th. For more information on the panel or the rest of the festival’s events, visit our lineup and schedule of events pages.






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Tasty Tips on Food Writing at This Year’s Festival

This year, we are hosting a panel of food writers to whet your appetites for recipe book writing, food blogging and restaurant reviewing.

Barbara-jo_McIntoshLocal cookbook doyenne Barbara-jo McIntosh, of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks fame, will moderate the panel. Barbara-jo is a fount of knowledge about the food writing industry — from her tenure as owner of her famous eponymous Vancouver cookbook store, as a cookbook author and as a respected cookbook judge. She is the author of Tin Fish Gourmet, Cooking for Me and Sometimes You; A Parisienne Romance with Recipes and Great Chefs Cook at Barbara-Jo’s. She has also served on the prestigious James Beard Awards cookbook selection committee for six years.


Here are the other fabulous participating panelists:

Andrew_MorrisonScout Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief Andrew Morrison spent nearly 20 years working in fine dining before he became a food writer, cookbook editor and restaurant critic. He has also acted as Culinary Referee and Senior BC Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships, and writes for Vancouver, Western Living, Harry, and Monocle magazines.


Mijune_PakMijune Pak‘s award-winning Follow Me Foodie is one of the most recognized food and travel blogs in Vancouver. She was the youngest and first blogger to be invited to join the B.C. Chefs’ Association and you can also catch her on “Foodie Fridays” on News 1130AM radio.



Stephanie_YuenEast Meets WestStephanie Yuen is the author of East Meets West – Traditional and Contemporary Asian Recipes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants, and was the first syndicated Chinese food writer in North America when she wrote for a major Chinese daily paper.


Diana_ChanBlogger Diana Chan started Foodology in August 2010, where ratings are based on a scale of one to five “beakers.” Diana is not an expert food critic, she just tells the tales of her restaurant experiences –the good, the bad, and the ugly.



Join us for this deliciously inspiring and insightful panel at the North Shore Writers Fest on April 20th, from 1-2:30pm at the Lynn Valley Library. Visit our schedule of events and lineup pages for more details.


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Helen Humphreys Joins the 2013 Festival Lineup

Humphreys_HelenThe North Shore Writers Festival is thrilled to announce that Canadian literary superstar, Helen Humphreys, will be joining this year’s festival on April 20th.

Helen is the award-winning author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. At the festival, she will speak about writing her newest memoir, Nocturne, about the life and death of her brother, Martin, set to be published in March.

Nocturne was named by The National Post as one of its 13 most anticipated books of (the first half) of 2013. The Post’s Afterword blog described the book by saying:

“Get your Kleenex ready. Humphreys, whose last book, The Reinvention of Love, only came out in late 2011, delivers her second book of non-fiction, a memoir about the death of her beloved younger brother, an accomplished pianist who died of cancer in his forties. For those left behind.”

Humphreys’ past books include:

Stay tuned for the full festival schedule, to be announced in the next few days!

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North Shore Writers’ Association Announces 2013 Contest

typewriterCalling all writers!

Our friends at the North Shore Writers’ Association are sponsoring their 17th annual writing contest with more than $500 in prizes and publication! The winners will be announced at our Festival Reception on April 20th. Hurry, because submissions are due at the end of the month. Here are all the details:

Submissions must be in print and postmarked February 28, 2013

Prizes for each category:
1st Prize: $100.00 and publication
2nd Prize:
$50.00 and publication
3rd Prize:
$25.00 and publication
Honorary mention:
at the judges’ discretion

Winners will be announced at the North Shore Writers Festival reception on April 20th, and winning entries will appear in the 2013 NSWA Anthology


Fiction: up to 2000 words per entry
Non-fiction: up to 2000 words per entry
Poetry: a submission of one to three poems constitutes one entry

Fee per entry:
$20 per entry for non-members, $15 per entry for members.
Please make your cheque payable to the North Shore Writers’ Association.

Mailing address:
NSWA 2012 Writing Contest,
P.O. Box 422,
1641 Lonsdale Avenue,
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2J5

Include a separate cover page with your name, address, telephone, e-mail and titles of your entries. Do not show your name anywhere on your manuscript.

Your entry must be double spaced for prose, single spaced for poems. Use Roman font, size 12 on 8 1/2 X 11 inch, white pages. Submit unpublished material only and keep a copy. Manuscripts will not be returned. Blind judging is in effect. Winners will be notified at the beginning of June.

Contact: (please put Contest 2013 in the subject line.)

For more information on the North Shore Writers’ Association, visit the website.

(Typewriter image courtesy of crafty_dame)

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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