Don’t forget that Jan Underwood, winner of the 2005 3-Day Novel Contest and all-around fabulous and funny person, will be speaking in Vancouver at the Symposium on the Book at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre on July 18. Jan will be joined by an amazing lineup of authors and panelists, including Will Ferguson, Hal Wake, Rebecca Wigod, Mark Leiren-Young, and Mark Critch from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The $75 admission includes the all-day event plus copies of the books from all participating authors. Register at www.ccsp.sfu.ca/pubworks.
Writers in the Vancouver area should also check out the entire list of SFU Summer Publishing Workshops. They offer a great range of classes, from pitching to publishers, learning about self-publishing and honing your craft in romance, humour, mystery and screenwriting techniques. They also have classes in writing and design software and more. Find information on both events at www.ccsp.sfu.ca/pubworks or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.