Regular meetings alternate between Victoria and Nanaimo and are held on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) in January, March, April, May, June, September, October and November.  (February is our annual awards luncheon, July is when we have our summer picnic, and in August, a beach party.)  Please bring a brown-bag lunch; coffee and tea will be available.  Directions can be found here.  Meetings include:

  • Business meeting from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (brown bag)
  • Workshop from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Visitors are welcome to come to two regular meetings before joining.

August, 2017

No Meeting

September 9, 2017

All day workshop in Victoria with #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

Thank you for your interest in the Susan Wiggs workshop.  The workshop is now full. The workshop had limited seating and the response from VIRA members was enthusiastic.  If writing is your passion, VIRA members would be pleased to meet you at an upcoming meeting.  See below for information about the October and November meetings.

October 14, 2017

Speaker: Vanessa Grant
Topic:  Creating Brilliant Beginnings in Storytelling
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

Discover powerful techniques storytellers use to craft their opening sentences and empower your own beginnings.  A brilliant beginning should…

  1. Make a promise about what kind of story this is (anticipation)
  2. Stir unanswered questions in the reader’s mind (curiousity)
  3. Contain power words that appeal to the reader’s emotions and curiousity, and
  4. Invite the reader to cross the threshold into the story world 

For storytellers who want readers to love their stories, but who struggle with creating a beginning to hook the reader.

November 4, 2017

Speaker:  Lee McKenzie
Topic:  TBA
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

December, 2017

No Meeting


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