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Here is a sample of some of the workshops are Directors are offering.

Saturday April 1

Our Chaotic World and Writers’ Responsibilities
Anvil Centre, Media Room 417
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nasreen Pejvack’s workshop explores the idea of encouraging writers to write for people, not for fame (e.g. Fan Fiction), and interesting people in reading again as opposed to consuming mass social-media. As she points out, today, the social responsibilities of a writer are much more important than ever in our history.

Anvil Centre Community Art Space

LitFest New West has partnered with the City of New Westminster’s Arts Services to present an exhibition by local artists and writers. Each artist has been paired with a writer to create work that is inspired by a text-based piece. The exhibition reflects the theme of Community in art and words.
The Community exhibition will be on display at the Anvil Centre Community Art Space from April 1 – June 2, 2017.

Join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, April 1 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Read Aloud: An Evening of Stories
Anvil Centre Performing Arts Theatre
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come and be enriched with stories as four acclaimed authors, Aislinn Hunter, Catherine Owen, Carleigh Baker and Nasreen Pejvack, share from their compelling collections of work. The evening will also include readings from the winners of the LitFest New West Short Story Competition, which was sponsored by Dale Darychuck, QC.

Sunday April 2

In Their Words: A Royal City Reading Series
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Launched at last year’s LitFest New West, this series features guest speakers who will showcase their favourite authors. Each speaker will introduce an author and read from their work. Genres range from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to memoir.  Presented in partnership with Royal City Literary Arts Society and the New Westminster Public Library.

Carol Narod – reads Thomas Hardy (literary fiction)
Kyle McKillop – reads Patrick Lane (poetry)
Sylvia Symons – reads Evelyn Lau (poetry / creative non-fiction)
Sana Ziist Janjua – reads Eduardo Galeano (social commentary)


555 Sixth St, New Westminster

Wordplay: A Sense of Place
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Alan Girling hosts an idea-generating writing prompt group featuring ekphrastic inspiration. Janet Kvammen will provide photo prompts of New Westminster to spark your creative imagination. Experience new approaches to your writing; unlock that treasure chest of ideas in your head! This group generates some fabulous first drafts; all you need to bring is writing tools, paper, and a ready mind. This is not a critique group; let’s have some fun! Presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society.