2017 Master Classes

We're extremely excited to have two pre-festival master classes available for 2017! Registration will be available soon. Below is more general information about the master classes, as well as the descriptions and biographies of the instructors.

Here are the important details:

The two classes will take place Friday, March 31st from 9am-12pm. Pre-registration is required and we require a minumum of 10 participants for the classes to run. These classes are an extra offering and are not part of the regular festival membership.

Cost for one of the classes is only $25. To register, visit the registration page and pick the master class you'd like to attend. There are also options to purchase a membership and/or banquet ticket at the same time.

Doctor Your Story with Randy McCharles

You've finished your manuscript and your gut tells you there are some story problems. Or you're halfway through and feel you're running out of runway. How do you get back on track? Your story may have some substantive problems that require a story doctor, someone to find the problems and suggest fixes. But before you seek a specialist, give self-diagnosis a whirl. This 3-hour workshop takes a look a common story problems and offers solutions, whether you've completed the manuscript or not. Learn some of the things to watch out for and you will need less outside help in the future.

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles is an award-winning and best-selling author of speculative and humour fiction with works available from Tyche Books, Edge SF&F Publications, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. In addition to traditional publishing, he has also self-published with Amazon CreateSpace. As a long time member if the IFWA (Imaginative Fiction Writers Association) critique group, Randy has participated in innumerable writers workshops and is currently editing the Megan Survival anthology from Reality Skimming Press.

Registration coming soon!

Motive, Beyond the Mundane with Katherine Prairie

Greed, lust, revenge, protection, loyalty, justice - these are but a few of the motives most authors rely on, but without shading or used alone, they too often result in one-dimensional characters, or predictable storylines. Join thriller writer Katherine Prairie for an in-depth look at a spectrum of human behaviour that explains the "why" behind actions of both villains and heroes. In this hands-on workshop, we'll go further to layer motives in a way that creates compelling characters that will intensify your stories. You'll never look at your characters or their motives the same way again!

Katherine Prairie

Katherine, a geologist and IT specialist, stepped away from the international petroleum industry to follow her passion for writing. An avid traveler with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you'll find her next! But most days, she's in Vancouver, quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of her cat. She is an award-winning presenter and the author of the suspense thriller, THIRST.

Registration coming soon!