Events & Workshops

March 29th: A Reading and Social with Author Joëlle Anthony

Friday, March 29th, 7pm-9pm
In the Caetani Cultural Centre Studio Gallery, Veron BC

Join visiting Gabriola Island author Joëlle Anthony for an evening about inspiration, her work, and writing life.

Information HERE


Gabriola Writers Social – Friday, January 26th, 7-9pm

This month it’s at the south end at The Centre, 1475 Peterson Rd. Click here and scroll down to find out more. Hope to see you there.

Gabriola Writers Social – Friday, November 17th, 7-9pm

Are you a writer of any kind? Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, songs, plays, articles, novels, anything I haven’t thought of? Would you like to meet other writers here on the island? Come to the first ever Gabriola Writers Social hosted by Joëlle Anthony. From professionals to aspiring, from dabblers to determined, everyone is welcome. This is not a class, workshop or critique group (although, if you meet others who want to start other groups, great!)…it’s really just a party for writers to get to know each other! Bring a snack/drink to share if you’re so inclined. Spouses/partners/significant others are welcome, but they probably get plenty of writing talk at home already, so feel free to leave them there let them stay home and come alone!

FREE (donations accepted to cover costs for this, or future socials, but seriously, I want everyone to come who wants to come, so don’t feel like you have to donate), Arts & Heritage Centre, 7-9pm, November 17th

More info at: workshops @ joelleanthony dot com


22 October 2016

Book Launch Party – Speed of Life

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May 20-22, 2016

Word on the Lake Writer’s Festival – Salmon Arm, BC

I’m very excited to be joining the other fantastic presenters at this festival. I’ll be teaching a workshop called Writing with Sensory Detail, which is always a lot of fun, doing some blue pencil sessions, and even performing a bit of my original work on Saturday evening before the main act, Victor Anthony takes the stage. And yes, the main act does have the same last name as me…because it’s my husband in concert! I hope to see you there!

April 10th, 2016

Isle of the Arts Festival

I’ll be sitting on a panel all about creativity and what gets artists motivated.

Jan-Feb 2016

Creative Writing with Joëlle Anthony

For the first time on the island, I’m offering the workshops I teach regularly at writers conferences and literary festivals in the US and Canada. Writing should be fun and in this series of 6 workshops, I will give you tools to make creating fiction a joyful experience. Perfect for beginning writers, while still offering useful insights to those of you with more experience. Learn how to build interesting characters, start the flow of ideas, and tap into the sights and sounds in the world around you to enrich your writing. While the focus will be on fiction, nonfiction writers are more than welcome and I think will find plenty for them, too. For more details on what the workshops will cover, click here.

When: Mondays 1-2pm, January 11-February 22, 2016

(no class Feb 1)

Where: The Women’s Institute

This class is full. If you want to be put on my mailing list for future classes, please email me: workshops @ or use the contact page on this site

April 2014

Isle of the Arts – Artists Toolkit Day

Sunday, 27 April 9:15-10:15am – Writing & Creating Publicity Material for Visual Artists

August 2014

Willamette Writer’s Conference – Portland OR

August 1st-3rd, 2014

True to Teens; dialogue in YA Fiction – It’s challenging enough to create realistic teen characters, but in the ever changing world of today’s young readers, how do you write dialogue that rings true? In this workshop, Joëlle Anthony covers writing dialogue that sounds believable and authentic, language trends, texting, profanity, and how to use these types of dialogue for maximum effect. We’ll try our hand at writing exercises designed to tighten your dialogue, and discuss whether there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed or if it’s a free-for-all in YA literature these days. TBA

The Final Polish: You’ve finally finished a draft of your novel and you’re ready to start querying. Or you’ve written something fabulous, but it’s twenty thousand words longer than it should be and you don’t know what to do. In this workshop, Joëlle Anthony will take you through that final pass before sending your manuscript out into the world. She’ll give you tips for shortening and tightening your story, making dialogue snap, digging out the clichés, and more. Once you’ve applied these final polish techniques, your manuscript will shine, raising you above the rest who are in too much of a hurry to do this important step. TBA

I will also be available to critique manuscripts. Arrangements need to be made through Willamette Writers, but you may request me. YA, Fiction, Memoir – no fantasy or horror. Please see their site for more information on the conference and critiques.

August 2013

Vancouver Public Library

Youth Book Camp – TBA

Willamette Writer’s Conference – Portland OR

Saturday, 3 August 2013 – Workshop: Writing with Sensory Detail, 10:30am-12pm

Sunday, 4 August 2013 – Workshop: Writing Bad Stories, 3:30-4:30

I am also offering manuscript critiques available to conference participants through WW. Please see their site for more information on the conference and critiques.

May 2013

Island Studies Conference – The Haven, Gabriola Island

Sunday, 12 May 2013, 8:30am – Who Came First? The Island or the Writer?

April 2013

Victoria Public Library – BC, Canada

Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Author Talk, 10:30-11:30am – made possible by a grant from Canada Council for the Arts and the Writer’s Union of Canada.

Victoria Children’s Literary Roundtable

Monday, April 15, 2013 – 7pm

February 2013

Whistler Public Library – BC, Canada

Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Author Talk, 4-5pm. – made possible by a grant from Canada Council for the Arts and the Writer’s Union of Canada. More info here:

Galiano Literary Festival

Friday, 22 February @ 11-12pm: Workshop “Creating Memorable Characters” To register, or for more information, please visit the festival’s homepage.

October 2012

Wordstock – Portland, Oregon, Convention Center

Saturday, October 13th @ 10:30-11:45am: Workshop “Writing Memorable Characters in YA”

Saturday, October 13th @ 1pm: “The Adult in YA” panel + book signing

Sunday, October 14th @ 11am: solo presentation + book signing

Teens on the Same Page Festival – Cincinnati, Ohio

October 16-17

More info to come

November 2012

Author Day at the North Vancouver Public Library – more info to come

Past Events

May 2012

1 May 2012 7pm

Young Willamette Writers, Old Church, SW 11th and Clay (1422 SW 11th)

Open to kids, my workshop will be geared toward Grade 5-12. I will do a short presentation and then get everyone writing. There will be time for questions too. For more information, check out Willamette Writers website.

5 May 2012, 2pm

Powell’s Books, Downtown – Joelle Anthony & Holly Cupala 

Change of venue!!! Now at Beaverton location!

Join me for the U.S. launch of my new YA novel, The Right & the Real. Holly and I will each do a short presentation and reading, and then be available to chat and sign books. Hope to see you there.

Powell’s Books Beaverton

Gabriola Launch Party

12 May 2012, Theatre Centre, 2pm

It’s a party! I’ll be doing a short presentation and reading, including sharing the book trailer, and then I will sign books while you enjoy the nosh. Hope to see you there!

Gabriola Poetry Festival – February 2012

Mosaic Books – Kelowna, BC

Hooked on Books – Penticton, BC

Wordstock 2010 – Portland, OR

Third Street Books – McMinnville OR

Annie Bloom’s Books – Portland, OR

Borders – Gresham, OR

Gabriola Island Launch Party, Gabriola BC

Tall Tales Books, Victoria BC

Galiano Island Books, Galiano BC

Gabriola Elementary School, Gabriola BC