Shebeen Club Monthly Meeting: next Monday

Just a quick note to let you know there’s no meeting tonight. The meeting will be next Monday, November 23rd, 7pm. Haven’t yet got the speaker nailed down, but will let you know. If nothing else, we can have a social night. December won’t have a formal speaker or dinner, we’ll just have a drop-in party on the 21st from 7pm at the Shebeen.

Writers’ Express Saturday, November 14th

I’m cross-posting this from raincoastermedia because, well, BECAUSE.

Writers’ Express is a one-day Unconference from the Surrey Writers’ School. These people really know their stuff, and for a full day of these workshops, this is a great price (which includes lunch).

(full disclosure: I am teaching at the Surrey Writers’ School soon)

Surrey Writers School Writers' Express

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Schedule of Writers’ Express Events

* 10 – 10:15 a.m. Sign in and coffee

10:15 – 11 a.m. Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Writing for Kids & Teens
Crystal Stranaghan, children’s author / publisher Gumboot Books

11 – 11:45 a.m. Eight Ways to Help Your Words Work Harder
Lois Peterson, author

11:45 – 12:30 p.m The ABCs of Revision
Kate Austin, author

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH – provided

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. The 12 Steps of the Hero’s Journey-a powerful plotting strategy
Ed Griffin
, author

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. The Pros & Cons of Agent Representation
Robert Mackwood, Mackwood Publishing Consultants

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Self-Publishing or the Traditional Route – 25 Tips to Help You Decide.
Debra Purdy-Kong, author

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Discussion of your questions and concerns about writing and
Information about 2010 offerings from the Surrey Writers’ School.

Door prizes – you must be present to win.

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Shebeen Club meeting moved to the 26th

Hey all, as everyone I know including me seems to be down with the Hamthrax or equivalent, I’m pushing this week’s meeting back one week to Monday, the 26th of October. We’\ll all be exhausted after the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, but we’ll need a drink!

Our featured speaker is Salim Jiwa, former investigative reporter for the Province, and founder of, a new hard-news site. He was the basis for the lead in the CBC series Jinnah on Crime, and he’ll be sharing his tales about being an intimate part of many of the major crime cases of our time and our city.

See you then: 7pm, Monday, October 26th at the Shebeen. Pass it on!

Pay the Writer! by Harlan Ellison

You’re gonna love this. At least, you’re gonna love this if you’re sick and tired of being expected to work for free. Well, if you’re sick and tired of working for free and not phased by rampant, spittle-flecked profanity. I, myself, find it’s my metier.

Frankly, after that I’d be too SCARED not to pay him.

Publication and Treasure

Library Editions

Building on last month’s successful meeting re-examining the existing publishing model, we’ve lined up renegade publisher and artist Robert Chaplin of independent publisher Library Editions to give us his take on end-running the Old Boy’s Network.

On Monday May 18th at the Shebeen Club Royal Canadian Academician Robert Chaplin will discuss publication and treasure, vis a vis the extinction of codex in the electronic age.

The importance of perfect rhyme and meter with respect to the mainstream absorption of hip hop.

Robert Chaplin was born under a lucky star and has fed pancakes to WhiskeyJacks.

Mr Chaplin will be launching his fourth Library Edition trade hardcover ‘Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns’ Thursday May 21st at Walrus, 18th & Cambie.

Who: Robert Chaplin and the Shebeen Club

What: our monthly meeting

When: 6-9pm Monday, May 18th

Where: The Shebeen, behind the Irish Heather, 210 Carrall Street in Vancouver

Deets: $15 includes dinner and a drink, so what are you waiting for?

Robert Chaplin gets schooled by Gary Kasparov

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