North Shore Writers Festival

Where readers and writers meet


Join us for another fantastic North Shore Writers Festival April 20 and 21, 2018 at West Vancouver Memorial Library. 


6TH Annual Literary Trivia Quiz Night hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence
7:30–9:30pm | Main Hall
Test your mental mettle and compete for prizes and glory! Register in teams of three to six at Doors at 7pm. Cash bar. 19+.



Writing Canadian Stories: A NSWA Workshop
10–11:30am | Welsh Hall
Stories about Canada are big these days. Canadians want to read about the rich diversity of their own country. Others are keen to learn about our wilderness, our cities, and our history. Join successful local writers Sanford Osler, Bernice Lever and Sonia Garrett and learn how to research, write, and market your Canadian story.

A Writer’s Life with William Deverell
11:45am–1pm | Welsh Hall

Canadian crime fiction legend William Deverell reads from his latest thrilling novel, Whipped, and discusses how he has used his unusual and evolving career from journalist to trial lawyer to eventual writer to become one of Canada’s most prolific novelists.

Local Author Book Fair & Marketplace
12:00-4:00pm | Library Lounge
Explore local creativity and talent the book fair!

Lunch Break Lounge & Writers Café
1:00–2:30pm | West Wing
Festival-goers are invited to a free light lunch! And if you are an aspiring writer, come chat with Sanford Osler, Bernice Lever and Sonia Garrett, to get the inside scoop on all things related to the writing life. Lunch is provided; bring your questions and comments.

How to Write a Bestseller without Porn, Sexual Misconduct and Shoot ‘em up Bang Bang with Pat Carney 
2:30–3:45pm | Welsh Hall
Pat Carney discusses her short-story collection, On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers, which is noted on top BC Books Bestseller lists despite a lack of the elements deemed ‘essential’ to success.

The Rule of Stephens: Timothy Taylor in Conversation with JJ Lee
4:00–5:15pm | Welsh Hall
Join Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Timothy Taylor in conversation with Governor General nominee author JJ Lee. Taylor will not only discuss the intriguing research and editing process he undertook in the creation of his latest acclaimed novel, The Rule of Stephens, but also the compelling themes of tragedy, science and the unexplainable.

Writers + Readers Reception with JJ Lee
5:15–7:00pm | West Wing
Join us for refreshments and mingle with fellow festival-goers. Featuring music, door prizes and the announcement of the winner of the North Shore Writers’ Association’s writing contest. Hosted by CBC Radio personality and writer, JJ Lee.


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