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Fiction Workshop Offers Inspiration and Expertise to Aspiring Authors

Vancouver’s literary scene is burgeoning with great talent and an almost-insatiable appetite from budding authors for information about writing and publishing.

Consultations for emerging writers with Vancouver Public Library’s Writer in Residence fill up as soon as they are announced and almost all writing workshops offered by the Library have waiting lists. This enthusiasm encouraged staff at the Central Library’s Popular Reading department to develop a new writing workshop.

Inside the Square features some of British Columbia’s most talented and acclaimed industry insiders to help fiction writers sharpen their skills and discover the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Tips for improving writing, how to brainstorm great story ideas and explore options for getting published are some of the workshop topics.

Two acclaimed writers, who also happen to be Vancouver Public Library Board Trustees, are among the panellists: David Chariandy is an award-winning author of the highly praised novel Soucouyant and author Alan Twigg who is the founder of BC Bookworld and many BC literary endeavours. They will be joined by thriller champion Michael Slade, romance writer Susan Lyons and Jeff Young, an entertainment, media and sports lawyer.

“We hear repeatedly from people who write fiction just how valuable Library writing workshops are,” said City Librarian Sandra Singh. “This is both because of the quality of workshop leaders and because Library programs are free of charge, which is essential for some emerging writers.”

In addition to panel discussions and a tour of the Library’s rich collection of helpful books, databases and services for writers, Inside the Square will also feature the Blue Pencil Café where novelists can get an on-the-spot critique of their work from a published author or industry professional. All fiction genres are welcome.

Registration is not required to attend Inside the Square, however, if you would like your work critiqued at the Blue Pencil Café you must register at the Central Library’s Level 2 Information Desk or by phone at 604-331-3687. Registration begins Monday, January 24. Space is limited, so book early to ensure a spot.

Inside the Square takes place Saturday, March 5 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Central Library, Alice MacKay Room.