Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:00 AM

Do you want to write more but need help with developing your ideas, characters, storyline and story outcomes? This workshop will show you how to take research for a story or character and flesh it out with Mind Mapping, a simple yet visually stimulating tool to connect your ideas, thoughts and images.

Some examples of what you will learn and do in this session include: 

  • How to expand on a story idea or character that needs more development (please have one of these in mind to work on at the workshop session)
  • How to do research for your story, including setting realistic goals, budgets, timelines, and evaluating them as you go along
  • Why research is important for writing in all genres
  • Why Mind Mapping is important and how it can help writers get their points on paper quickly

Bring your favourite pen and a notebook, or sheet of paper. Handouts will be provided. 


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.



Date(s): Sat, January 13, 2018, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 1500, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



Phone: 778-782-8000 (or toll-free 1-844-782-8877)