What I love about writers’ associations

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Crime Writers of Canada table at Word Vancouver on September 30, 2018, with (left to right) Kathy Matak, Tymo Lin, Seamus Heffernan, Merrilee Robson. AJ Devlin, Cathy Ace.

A year and half ago I was honoured to be elected to the board of directors of Crime Writers of Canada as the regional representative for British Columbia/Yukon/Northwest Territories. CWC is the national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada.  Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and the media.

Whenever we organize an event, such as the panel presentation and display table we set up at Word Vancouver at the Vancouver Public Library on September 30, I usually present it as an opportunity to sell books and connect with readers.

But, inevitably, the thing that members comment on is how much they enjoyed spending time with other members. And new writers say how surprised they are at how supportive other members are.

As well as CWC, I belong to Sisters in Crime, which promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers, and our local chapter, Sisters in Crime – Canada West. I also belong to a number of online discussion groups.

For people involved in an occupation as solitary as writing, it’s a pleasure to connect and share information with other writers.

I always encourage other writers or aspiring writers to join a professional association. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

 

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Women of Mystery

What do a burned-out WWII spy seeking peace and quiet in the wilds of BC, a single parent desperate for affordable housing in Vancouver and a female hit person have in common? They are all women on the case and creations of Vancouver mystery authors. On Thursday, September 13, I’ll be joining Iona Whishaw and Linda L. Richards to talk about writing and read from our latest works at the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Left Coast Crime Convention Association

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Atrium, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

For more information about Left Coast Crime 2019, go to the website: www.leftcoastcrime.org/2019/

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Free workshop at Write On Vancouver

I’m giving a workshop tomorrow, May 12, at the Write On Vancouver festival being held at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central branch. Tips for Starting your Mystery Novel will help aspiring writer’s create their characters, develop their setting, and draft that all-important first sentence. Join me from 2:15 to 3:45 pm in the Alice MacKay Room on the Lower Level. This is a free event.

You’ll also have a chance to browse authors’ and publishers’ tables in the library’s atrium. Crime Writers of Canada will have a table there. Stop by and meet AJ Devlin, Jay Allan, Storey, Debra Purdy Kong, and me at the table from 10:30 – 4:30. The adjacent Sisters in Crime Canada West table will be staffed by Kathryn Jane, Loreth Anne White, Karen Dodd, and Karen M. Owen. Learn more about both crime writing organizations, sign up for newsletters, and find out about planned events.

See you Saturday!