Instructor Bio: Margo Bates writes humorous accounts of life in Canada's Pacific Northwest. She teaches workshops on research strategies for writing, humour writing, storytelling and marketing for authors. She does public speaking, publicity and photography. A past president of Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver, she also served nationally as vice-chair and as chair of the fundraising and sponsorship committee. Margo has worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States and England with her Vancouver-based company, Margo Bates Publicity. She belongs to Rainwriters writing group, the Federation of BC Writers, and RCLAS - Royal City Literary Arts Society. She’s an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook.