Write a Book This Summer (Vancouver)

This intimate, productive workshop has space for five writers.

During this two-hour session, writers will receive one-on-one coaching, diving into the details of their story, mapping out their book’s structure, and take home tools to ensure they can finish their book this summer.

Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Vancouver Public Library
Cost: $90.00 (tax included)

Get your tickets here!

Write a book Vancouver

The change.

Hi Chad,

I’m sorry I haven’t written you in so long.

I forgot it was today. I mean, I remembered a few days ago, but forgot again last night. For the past seven years, I have started the 28th off with a run – to chat it out, let a few tears go and start the day with friends. But today, I forgot and slept in.

Part of me feels like I should apologize. I’m sorry I didn’t go to bed thinking of the day you left, and didn’t wake up remembering our last day together.

The other part of me knows an apology isn’t needed. I think I forgot because I’m happy. I didn’t forget you of course, but I did forget to remember to be sad.

It might sound confusing, but forgetting to remember to be sad, actually made me happy.

This is what you wanted for me. This is what I promised you. I am ok. I am living my life and I am happy. We both understand that is not something to appologize for.

I’ve changed this past year. I don’t think of you every day anymore. Most days I do, just not every day. But now, I cry for you more. For years, I could speak about you with such ease. Now, I remember something about you, about us, and I have to pause and collect myself as my voice trails off. I don’t understand the change, but it’s noticeable.

Maybe the change is what Karen Burroughs pointed out after the wedding. “You have all this happiness and love in your life because of Chad. He’s to thank for so much of what you have now.”

It’s true. I’m really happy Chad, and you’re attached to that. I miss you, I’m happy without you, and I’m happy because of you. I can’t explain it further, because I don’t know if I really get it. I just love you and I feel your love in return. Still.

Chad and Megan on the Seawall

Thanks for listening to me ramble. Even with the changes, my rambling remains reliable.

Later dude.

Me. xo

How to Write a Kid’s Book: Coquitlam

Whether you have a good idea for a kid’s book, or you’re looking for a project to work on with your child, this workshop is for you!

In a concise 1 hour session, this workshop will give you three practical tools to get you on your way writing (and finishing) your kid’s book.

Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 6:30-7:45pm
Location: Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre

Tickets: $25.00 (includes GST)

 

How to Write a Kid’s Book: Coquitlam Workshop (Nov. 15, 2016)

Whistler Writers Festival: Writers of non-fiction

A festival favourite, this event showcases the diversity that is non-fiction writing, from memoir to biography, investigative reporting to creative non-fiction. Panel and audience discussion will centre around readings, and the process and approach
to bringing particular subject matter and experiences to
life. Featuring: Craig Davidson, Andrew Nikiforuk, Kevin Patterson, Betsy Warland, Megan Williams and the Non-Fiction winner of the Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Moderator: Leslie Anthony

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Where: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Tickets: $15 (link here)

Whistler Writers Festival (Workshop): You Should Write a Book

Megan Williams is an award winning, self-published author.

She doesn’t have a degree in literary-arts, she isn’t a journalism student and three years ago, she didn’t know how to write a book. What Megan did have, was a story to tell. Megan researched, navigated and tested her way through writing and publishing her first book.

Taking the advice of others, and developing her own set of tools, in two years, Megan was a published author.

Knowing the hardest part is figuring out ‘where’ to get started, Megan has developed the ‘You Should Write A Book’ workshop series to help other aspiring authors share their story.

Take away: In this succinct session, aspiring writers will leave with three practical tools and processes to start writing their first book.

Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Tickets: $32 (link here)

Not my flower girl.

During our hours of dress shopping together this year, Madison is asked, “Oh, and are YOU the flower girl?!”

All the women at the dress stores ask so kindly. They often kneel or bend down to be eye-level with her and we both can hear the encouraging enthusiasm in their voices.

Then, my favourite part happens. Madi looks right back at them, “No.” She waits for their surprised reaction and then offers, “I’m the Maid of Honour.”

This is the quick story of how that answer came to be…

Shortly after we got engaged, Brad, Madi and I were out for dinner. Giddy with the new change to our little family, we talked about our ideas for a wedding.

Across the table, Madi dropped her first serious question. “So, am I going to be a flower girl or….”

I looked back at her with an equal amount of seriousness and asked, “That depends, would you like to be a flower girl or bridesmaid?”

“I’d like to be a bridesmaid.”

“Great!” I skipped ahead a year to picture Madi and Adrienne standing beside me.

“Wait.” She cut into my dinner-dream. Her wrists were resting on the table, hands pointed towards me as if to to help articulate her next question. “So who is the one who you will give your flowers to. Like, the one who stands next to you?”

I understand that “Maid of Honour” isn’t in her nine-year-old vocabulary, but I did understand what she was asking. Her nervousness also didn’t go unnoticed, as if she had already pushed her luck by asking to be a bridesmaid.

“Oh I see what you’re asking.” Without pausing to think, I asked her in a way I knew she would understand, “Madison Reaveley, would you be the Liesl to my Fräulein Maria?”

(For those of you know the Sound of Music, you know the significance of this. If you don’t know the Sound of Music, do your life a favour, watch the movie and come back to this post when you’re done.)

Her gorgeous brown eyes tightened as her smile widened. “I will be your Liesl!!!”

And THAT is how nine-year-old Madison, daughter of my fiancé, came to be my Maid of Honour. She is the Liesl to my Maria, and someone I love having by my side.

xo

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p.s. Wondering about Adrienne? She’s my person. That should explain just about everything.

Twelve more days!!

 

‘Getting it done’ – Vancity Business Babes Morning Mingler

VANCITYBUSINESSBABES Is excited to present: Morning Mingle Series!

In addition to our Monthly Nightly Events we will be doing a Morning event as well for those early birds!

Join us bright and early for our very first “Morning Mingle” which will be a new series with Vancity Business Babes to start your morning with Connection, Inspiration, and opportunities for Collaboration.

Morning Mingle: Getting it Done!
Stop procrastinating on your dreams and make the shift to make it happen!

Our Speaker: Megan Williams is a Writing Coach, and Author of “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale” and “Don’t Call the Office”

We will be exploring the art of Productivity and doing what you can with the time that you have.

Enjoy some morning eats & treats, Coffee and of course prizes!

Date: October 7th, 2016
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Brainstation YVR
Tickets: $30 (click here)

Look forward to seeing your there!

Sponsorships also available upon request.

Tickets: $30

What’s up with you?

I know, I know – I haven’t been blogging.

Frankly, something had to give. I keep feeding my time with projects, ideas I want to share and new work endeavors. My time belly is full.

BUT it’s time for a catch up. Here are seven answers to the question, “What’s up with you?”

1) Another Book Launch!

Don't Call The Office at Chapters Indigo

Remember that little book I talked about Madison and I writing a few months back? Well, we did it!

On August 20th, Don’t Call The Office is hit book shelves (yes, book shelves!) Bringing back all the love, excitement and jitters I had when I launched Our Interrupted Fairy Tale two years ago.

Together, Madison and I did radio, print and tv interviews here in Vancouver. Madison rocked the interviews and absorbed all the experience like a broadcasting-major sponge.

Read about our story and get yourself a copy here: https://meganwilliams.ca/books/dont-call-the-office/

Click here to see our Global BC Interview!

 

Don't Call The Office

2) The W Wedding

Do I love wedding planning? Not really. Do I love that there is going to be this super fun weekend next month with our close people there? Absolutely. Thank goodness for Mom, Adrienne and friends who are better planners than I am.

The best part so far? Dress shopping…and the celebrating. I know this must come as a surprise to you.

Megan Williams Wedding

3) Writing Workshops 

In June, I ran two “How to Write a Book” workshops.

With over 60 attendees between two sessions, I felt really good about how it went. I felt really, really good when I was invited to run a similar workshop at the Whistler Writers Festival, October 14, 2016.

I have a few other upcoming events like this, so if you’re interested, I suggest signing up for my newsletter to stay in the loop. Just enter your name & email – and you’re on the list!

How to write a book workshop

4) Racing

I didn’t have a great race season this spring. Actually, it wasn’t good at all. I missed all the times I was training for. I’ve been discouraged, and concequently not making my training a priority. Realistically, I won’t get back to racing until the new year, but when I do I’m planning to lace-up properly and take another crack at the 5 and 10kms.

In the meantime, there isn’t a morning seawall run that I don’t look forward to with friends I couldn’t manage going more than three days without seeing.

5) YouTube

I have started a YouTube channel! This makes me really nervous as it puts me further out of my comfort zone than writing does. I started the channel, because in doing my own research for writing, I couldn’t find any videos that answered my questions – quickly. So, I’ve decided to start filming the videos I couldn’t find – quick book marketing advice and writing tips for the modern writer.

Take a look! (It won’t take long – they’re all less than two minutes.) And if you supportively click the ‘subscribe‘ button, THANK YOU!

6) Self-publishing Coaching

With traditional publishers becoming less accessible, and the opportunity to self-publish increasing in popularity, I’ve started working with a few budding authors as they work towards launching their stories.

Holy shmoly do I love this.

I didn’t realize how much time I spent (and wasted) trying to navigate the self-publishing process by myself with Our Interrupted Fairy Tale. Now that I can share this information to help trim time off of the author’s processes, I’m thrilled everything I have learned has not been lost.

(If you know someone who is ready to share their story, tell them to email me: letstalk@meganwilliams.ca).

7) Three new places every year. 

I made it my new years resolution after Chad passed away to visit three new places every year. I’m happy to share, I’ve met my goal for 6 consecutive years.

Here are this year’s destinations.

Cabo San Lucas (April)

Megan Williams Author

New Orleans (May)

Megan Williams Wedding

Fishing, Denham Bay (July)

Denham Bay, British Columbia
South of France (August) 

Megan Williams Wedding

Well, that brings us up to speed for now! The fall is busy, but I plan to stay in better blog touch.

In the meantime, you’re not already, here are a few other ways we can stay in touch!

Sign up for my newsletter here! http://eepurl.com/caaTCP

Instagram @MeganDubs | Snapchat:MeganDubss | Facebook:MeganWilliamsAuthor

 

Book Launch! Don’t Call The Office

Don't Call The Office - Book Launch!

Just in time for school (or, one last pool-side read), Don’t Call The Office is hitting book shelves!

Come celebrate with us, meet the authors and illustrator and pick up a copy of Don’t Call The Office and it’s colouring book!

You’ll love it, we promise!

Where: Chapters Metrotown, Burnaby, B.C

When: Saturday, August 20th from 11am – 1pm