Write Vancouver, a power-packed writers’ conference, challenges emerging and experienced writers of all ages to reach for excellence.

VANCOUVER—The third annual Vancouver writers’ conference offers a rare opportunity for writers to boost their competence and connections. Write Vancouver will take place on May 23 and 24, 2014. It is sponsored by The Word Guild.

Keynote speaker, Wade Larson, will challenge attendees to “Explore the Horizons of Possibility.” As Co-Founder, President, and COO of UrtheCast, the Vancouver-based company that built, installed, and operates the world’s first ever HD video cameras in space, he knows about challenging and expanding one’s horizons.

This year’s Friday night literary soiree promises to be a unique celebration. One of the world’s foremost evangelical thinkers, lecturer, and author of about 50 books and countless articles, the Venerable Canon Dr. J. I. Packer, will attend. The evening will kick off with a delicious four-course dinner, followed by a celebration of Dr. Packer, one of Canada’s living treasures. The evening will wrap up with a lighthearted discussion, “God, Mr. Darcy, and the Need for Iconic Characters,” featuring agent and author Karen Ball and a surprise guest.

Write Vancouver’s Saturday line-up features an array of workshops in the areas of fiction and nonfiction writing, crowdsourcing, getting published, and developing a professional writing career-to name a few. The faculty are some of the “best in the business.”

Conference director, Beverley Boissery, explains, “Writing is a lonely business and, at many times, we all feel that no one will listen, that no one will care. But Write Vancouver is held on ground where stories have been told for thousands and thousands of years to community after community. Our theme this year is “Exploring the Horizons of Possibility,” and so we not only will challenge you to explore new horizons with your writing but to also explore and build new communities to alleviate the times of loneliness.”

Kathy Tyers relates, "Write Vancouver's venue was perfect for a relaxed but professional weekend. My only regret was that since I was on faculty, I didn't get to hear as many of the other teachers as I would have liked. I heard great things about them."

From London, England, Mel Anastasiou says that she finds Write Vancouver “an energizing, informative and convivial couple of days in a beautiful setting. I leave the conference feeling great and raring to get back to my writing each year.”

Find all the information and online registration at www.writevancouver.com. Coffee, lunch, and refreshments are included. Cutoff date is May 18. Onsite registrations cannot be accommodated.