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.

April 14, 2018

Speaker:  Susan Fox
Topic:  The Challenge of Conflict
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore types of conflict and ways of building conflict and tension. Both arise out of character, are intrinsic to every stage of the story, and are key to avoiding a middle that “sags.” Participants will develop and brainstorm their protagonists’ internal and external conflicts, as well as ways these conflicts may play out in the story to keep the tension high and keep the reader turning the pages. Please bring your computer or a notebook and pen.

May 5, 2018 (AGM)

Speaker:  Debra Holland
Topic:  Successful Self-Publishing
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library–Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo

As the publishing industry continues to change, authors must educate themselves in order to anticipate change, evaluate opportunities, and keep their careers flexible and successful. Come join New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debra Holland as she shares about her journey from unknown, unpublished author to successful hybrid author and gives tips for navigating today’s publishing marketplace.

Psychotherapist Debra Holland, Ph.D is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romance. She’s a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist and one-time winner. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as a top 50 greatest love stories pick. Her latest book is Healing Montana Sky, from Montlake Romance.  Debra is also the author of The Gods’ Dream Trilogy (fantasy romance) and the nonfiction books, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving and Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: a Ten-Minute eBook. She’s a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing.  Learn more about her at http://debraholland.com.

June 9, 2018

Speaker:  Darcy Burke
Topic:  Managing Your Author Career
Location:  Foxborough Hills Clubhouse, 4360 Emily Carr Drive, Victoria

Are you a writer or an author? If you’re actively seeking publication or are published, you’re an author and whether you realize it or not, you are an entrepreneur (yes, even if you’re traditionally published!). The most challenging part of our career can be managing our creative and business sides—and both require equal attention. Need some help getting organized? Want to make sure you’re balancing your creativity and all those pesky tasks that you don’t have time for, but really must make time for? Join USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke for a fun and informative chat on how to manage your business and grow it to the next level.

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

July 14, 2018

VIRA Summer Picnic
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sit back and relax for a few hours with your fellow writers at our annual summer picnic. Please bring 1-2 double-spaced pages of your current work in progress for a friendly—and anonymous—roundtable discussion of your work. You’re welcome to join us even if you don’t wish to bring your work. Hope to see you there! For food rotation and directions, please see the July/August issue of Tide Lines. For more information, please send us an e-mail.

August, 2018

No Meeting

September 8, 2018

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

October 13, 2018

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

November 3, 2018

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

December, 2018

No Meeting

 


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