Vancouver Writers Festival

I spent last weekend at the Vancouver Writers Festival. Now I’ve done conferences before, most notably volunteering to the smooth running of the Surrey International Writer’s Conference.

Map of Granville Island - Festival was in 6 separate theaters on the island.

Map of Granville Island – Festival was held in 6 separate theaters on the island.

However, this was the first time I was on the podium side of the conference. I attended as part of a panel directed at new technology in the writing world with specific attention to new ibooks being produced, the impact of code in our today’s world and Wattpad. I was there as part of the Wattpad section. In fact I was one of three panelist being interviewed regarding the impact Wattpad had on our careers. It was an interesting experience. I’d love to do it again next year but I’d like an extra day there – if possible. And rather than tell you why – I’ll show you why! 🙂



The sunrise when I arrived.  

I flew into Vancouver before 6:30 am. I sat in the Dockside restaurant until dawn broke over the hills.



The boats outside my room. Granville Island is ALMOST an island within the city of Vancouver and is therefore surrounded by waterfront and marinas. It’s stunning in it’s beauty.








20131026_180914My hotel backed onto the water where there were many houseboats moored.








This is part of the open air market to buy flowers and fresh coffee…and everything else under the sun.




And here is where I sat to have the coffee after my panel was done!


The trip was lovely, the break from my stressful routine divine! Granville Island is an artist retreat and there are artisans and musicians on every corner.  It was a wonderful experience! If you have just a few days away – a few days where you could run to – where would you like to go? 


About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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10 Responses to Vancouver Writers Festival

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    It is beautiful! We have Door County by us, which is beautiful in a different way, and had Lake Michigan on three sides. It’s been a while since I’ve been there, and I’d love to go again.

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie,
      I was blessed to have great weather when I was down there. Vancouver is notorious for wet rainy fall weather but I had sunshine the whole time. Walking the markets felt like stepping out of my world, so even though I was incredibly tired, it soothed my soul.

      I’ll have to google Door County. Wouldn’t it be nice to take some time off (and I mean OFF) and just travel!
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vamping with the vamps…and me!

  2. marilynbrant says:

    Oh, Dale, it’s gorgeous!!
    I’ve never been to that side of Canada, so thanks for sharing your lovely pictures!
    As for getaways, Edie mentioned Door County, which I love, too, and there’s a cute little town called Galena on the NW side of Illinois. It’s a fun place to walk around…and they have fudge shops, so… 🙂
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    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Marilyn,

      It was so beautiful and being blessed with great weather I spent a lot of time walking. Apparently there is a 15 min walk on a boardwalk that goes right to the massive science center. I didn’t know until it was time to leave.

      And any place that has fudge shops has to go on my list!!! 🙂
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vamping with the vamps…and me!

  3. Livia Quinn says:

    I would love to live near there, Dale. Already thinking of ways I might work it out, lol. I’ll have to look up Door County too.

    I love Atlanta which is a seven hour drive from me in Central Louisiana but I’ll be watching other comments because I’m looking for a somewhere besides New Orleans to meet a girlfriend in early December. We met in Dallas a few years ago and everything we’d planned from exploring it on the internet was closed. She said it seemed like everyone had been nuked, 😉 This time we’d like to be a bit more sure. Glad you had a successful trip!

  4. It looks gorgeous, Dale! Lucky you.
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