SFU Writer’s Studio celebrates 15th Anniversary with ongoing public events

As part of the ongoing celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Writer’s Studio (Betsy Warland created and started TWS in 2001), they are co-hosting a book club series with the Vancouver Public Library which also include writing workshops. The events will be facilitated by TWS Grads with questions to guide the discussions. 

Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St.
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms (Lower Level)

The third author workshop is with Joan McEwen on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

Joan takes us through the process of writing her non-fiction book, Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry during the author workshop. Ivan Henry spent 27 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, declaring his innocence and fighting to have his case reviewed before he was granted an acquittal. In her non-fiction account, lawyer Joan McEwen lays out how the case against Henry was prejudiced, showing in chilling detail how this can happen, even in Canada. Joan advocates for criminal justice reform and is actively involved in helping long-term offenders reintegrate back into society.

The book club for Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry took place on September 11, 2015.

The following event is on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm with novelist E.R. Brown.

Eric will read from his novel Almost Criminal, and share insights into the writing process. He will discuss innovation and experimentation in the crime and mystery genre. Almost Criminal is a critically-praised debut novel that was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Arthur Ellis Award, and named a 2014 Book of the Year by the 49th Shelf.

The fourth book club and workshop is with Cathie Borrie in January. The book club will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm. The workshop will take place on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Cathie Borrie is the author of The Long Hello ~ Memory, My Mother, and Me. Cathie’s workshop will illustrate the challenges of both writing memoir in a lyrical form, and the organizational hurdles inherent in a work that moves back and forth in time. Discussion and Q&A will follow the presentation.