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3rd Annual Lit Fest New Westminster

Crafting a Killer Mystery - With Crime Writers Colleen Cross, Sharon Rowse and Robin Spano

Saturday April 13, 2013 
Douglas College
700 Royal Ave
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5
Admission: Free
Contact: New West Arts Council
Phone: 604-525-3244

I'm excited to be a part of Lit Fest New West, the third annual literary festival at Douglas College on Saturday April 13th.  The event is completely free and starts with workshops starting at 11:00 am. There's something for readers and writers alike!

The event is presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster, and co-sponsored by Douglas College and the New Westminster Public Library.

I'll be hosting the Crafting a Killer Mystery Workshop along with fellow crime writers Sharon Rowse and Robin Spano. In this hands-on workshop we'll give you tips on plot, character and conflict. Our aim is to entertain - and ensure you leave with the start of your own blockbuster mystery!

Also check out workshops on memoir, political writing, ebooks and more.  Following the workshops, you can meet more than thirty authors at Volumes of Authors from 5-7 p.m. You can buy their books and have them signed. Finally, be sure to attend the Saturday night showcase. The evening entertainment starts at 7 p.m.

Here is the full schedule for this exciting event:

Lecture Hall A (Rm-2201)
Time: 11AM to 12 noon
Author/Presenter/Panelists: New Westminster Public Library
Workshop Title: EBooks: A Growing Trend

Lecture Hall B (Rm-2203)
Time: 11AM to 12 noon
Author/Presenter/Panelists: Colleen Cross, Sharon Rowse & Robin Spano
Workshop Title: Crafting a Killer Mystery- Writer’s workshop

Lecture Hall A (Rm-2201)
Time: 12: 45 to 1:45pm
Author/Presenter/Panelists: Candice James:
Workshop Title: Vision and Verse

Lecture Hall B (Rm-2203)
Time: 12: 45 to 1:45pm
Author/Presenter/Panelists: J.J. Lee
Workshop Title: Memoir: The Long and Short of Writing - Updated

Lecture Hall A (Rm-2201)
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Author/Presenter/Panelists: Authors and Small Publishers Panel Discussion
Workshop Title: w/Michael Kenyon, Bob Robertson
Bio: Anvil Books and Leaf Press

Lecture Hall B (Rm-2203)
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Author/Presenter/Panelists: Ryan Lester, Author
Workshop Title: The Self Publisher’s Starting Kit: How to Survive
Bio: In the Brave New Digital World

Lecture Hall A (Rm-2201)
Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Author/Presenter/Panelists: Max Wyman: A Critical View of the Arts

Lecture Hall B (Rm-2203)
Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Author/Presenter/Panelists: Political Writing Workshop w/ Bill Tieleman, Daniel Fontaine, Kathryn Marshall, Laila Yuile

We are pleased to announce the lovely Rene Saklikar as our Author in Residence this year!

Volumes of Authors – an author book signing event 5:00pm-7:00pm

The FREE Showcase event evening event starts at 7:00-9:00 at the Laura C Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College

LitFest - 2013 Showcase Performance Schedule
Curtain: 7:00pm

Act I

* Candice James – Poet Laureate
* Don Hauka - Author
* Michael Hetherington - Author
* Sylvia Taylor – Author
* Bob Robertson & Linda Cullen - Author

Act II

* Douglas College / Kwantlen University Percussion Ensemble
* Royal City Literary Arts Society
* Renee Saklikar – Poet and John Oliver - Composer
* Shadows & Dreams Theatre Company
* JJ Lee – Author
* C R Avery - Music & Spoken Word
*program subject to change