Meetings

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.

October 13, 2018

Speaker:  CJ Hunt
Topic:  Level Up Your Reader Engagement Through a Mailing List Makeover!
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

We all know we should have an active and engaged “list.” But what does that really mean? We’ll dive into best-practices to help ensure your newsletters (ahem, your emails to your readers) get delivered, opened and read. This won’t be an abstract kind of workshop! You’re going to figure out what your “cookie” is, plot and plan your own onboarding sequence for newsletter subscribers, and generate a list of specific-to-you topics you can chat with your readers about in your upcoming emails to your list! Then we’ll tackle how you get people on that list in the first place…

Crystal lives life at the intersection of stories and technology. As CJ Hunt, she writes kissing books set in the small island town of Rivers End—some with A Touch of Magic. As Crystal Stranaghan (and various pen names) she also is the author of 25+ books for children and several non-fiction titles for adults. In her role as writing, branding and indie publishing coach at The Creative Academy, Crystal loves helping other people conquer their fears of technology, and discover all the opportunities available to them in this brave new world of publishing!

November 3, 2018

Speaker:  Cora Seton
Topic:   How to a Hit a List
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

You’ve published your novel…now it’s time to sit back and see if it hits big, right?

Wrong.

Bestsellers don’t happen by themselves. If you want to hit a list, you’ll need to start planning long before you start your first draft. In this workshop, Cora will cover all the steps to success from award-winning high concepts through collaborating with other authors through promotional planning and more. Come ready to look at your writing process in a whole new way!

Cora Seton has appeared on the NYT bestseller’s list three times in box sets and USA Today bestseller’s list eight times in box sets and seven times solo. She has appeared on the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list solo, as well.

With over one million books sold, NYT and USA Today bestselling author Cora Seton has created a world readers love in Chance Creek, Montana. She has twenty-eight novels and novellas currently set in her fictional town, with many more in the works. Like her characters, Cora loves cowboys, military heroes, country life, gardening, bike-riding, binge-watching Jane Austen movies, keeping up with the latest technology and indulging in old-fashioned pursuits. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

December, 2018

No Meeting

January 12, 2019

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:  TBA
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

February 9, 2019

Valentine’s Luncheon
Shipyard Restaurant Pub
6145 Genoa Bay Road, Maple Bay
11 am to 3 pm

March 9, 2019

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

April 13, 2019

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:   TBA
Location:  Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

May 4, 2019

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

June 8, 2019

Speaker:  TBA
Topic:   TBA
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

 


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