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writing with writers series


Writing with Writers is an evening of listening, learning, writing, and celebrating North Shore authors. Whether you’re keen on discovering how to build suspense in a story, write compelling plots and believable characters, or hone your life story into an engaging read, this interactive evening workshop series has something for you. Writing with Writers takes place four times per year and is free, but registration is required.

  • September 26th: Writing from a Child’s Point of View with Sonia Garrett 
  • December 5th: Writing Thrillers with Lawrence Verigin

Presented in partnership with the North Shore Writer’s Association.


Writing from a Child’s Point of View with Sonia Garrett

Wednesday September 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Children are some of the most precious, unique, misunderstood, and infuriating creatures on the planet. One moment they’ll astonish you with words of wisdom beyond their years, and the next they’ll exasperate you with their stubbornness. In this hands-on workshop, published middle-grade author Sonia Garrett will show you how to represent such complex and unpredictable little people in your writing. We’ll look at how you can get inside their world, and look out from behind their eyes. If you want to create the next Oliver Twist, Pippi Longstocking, Charlie Bucket, or Harry Potter, then this workshop is for you.

North Vancouver author Sonia Garrett published her first middle-grade reader, Maddie Makes a Movie, in May, 2018. She lives in a gentle chaos of books, film and outdoor paraphernalia, cooking ingredients and gardening equipment in Deep Cove, a home she shares with her stunt performer/co-ordinator husband and their daughter.

Registration required.


Writing Thrillers with Lawrence Verigin

Wednesday, December 5, 7 -8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30

If you’re writing a thriller, want suspenseful scenes, action and/or need your story to “move”, then this is a workshop you don’t want to miss. Does page one draw the reader into the story and make them want to keep reading? What do they need to find out to make them turn the page?

Participants will work with a character prompt form to know the background, mannerisms, motivation and quirks of each of their characters (created by author Elizabeth George). Participants who don’t mind a little critique should bring along a copy of their first page.

No matter where in the writing process you are, this workshop will be worth your time.

Lawrence Verigin is the author of the multiple award-winning trilogy Dark Seed, Seed of Control and Beyond Control. His goal is to entertain readers while delving into socially relevant subjects that need more attention. Lawrence and his wife, Diana, live in beautiful North Vancouver. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking good food, rich red wine, travel, running, reading and numerous rounds of golf.

Registration is required.

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