Check out these events for New West word nerds

Are you a writer, a wannabe writer or just a lover of words? Whatever the case, the Royal City Literary Arts Society has some offerings of interest for the new year.

The society is hosting a Tellers of Short Tales session tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) featuring author Trysh Ashby-Rolls, plus an open mic session. It’s on from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., in Room 413B.

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Coming up on Thursday, Jan. 17 is In Their Words, the society’s regular reading series that features local writers sharing the work of some of their favourite authors.

Ruth Kozak will host the session from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 411A at the Anvil Centre. This month’s session will feature Susan Lundahl reading the short stories of Alice Munro, W.J. (Wanda) Kehewin reading the work of Indigenous writer Vera Manuel, and Gail Norcross reading the work of English novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan.

Presentations include a reading of selections from the author’s work and a brief commentary about what the speaker loves about it.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, writers can attend a workshop with Cassandra Metcalfe on Introduction to WordPress: How to Make a Website. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 417 at the Anvil Centre, and it costs $25 for non-members and $15 for members.

The society is also looking for a volunteer to serve as its workshop coordinator for 2019 to help coordinate the workshop series at Anvil Centre. If you can help, email Janet Kvammen at

Check out for details about all the Royal City Literary Arts Society happenings.

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