Book Clubs

Karen_pink_pashminaBook clubs are one of my favourite places to speak. I’m happy to come out in person if you’re local, or I can call in via Skype (that way you save on having to give me wine and appies!)

I also welcome opportunities to speak to groups about the writing process—specifically thrillers, developing your author platform, and indie publishing. Please contact me if you’re looking for a fun, informal talk, or a more in-depth, easy-to-follow workshop with handouts. Click here to see what others have said.

Past Workshops and Presentations

I enthusiastically share my hands-on experience in writing and indie publishing my first novel, DEADLY SWITCH: A Stone Suspense. I am currently writing the sequel and that’s been an even more enlightening experience!

I talk and answer questions about writing and researching both novels, read a few excerpts, and share what it’s like to be “building the plane while flying it.”


North Shore Writer’s Festival – April 18, 2015. I was one of two invited guest authors to accompany author, Carol Cram’s presentation, “The Hero’s Journey: Plot and Theme Development,” at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. 


North Shore Writer’s Festival – April, 2014. I am very proud to have been one of four local authors to speak on “indie” or self-publishing. We had rave reviews and I was invited back in 2015.

North Shore Writers Association –  I presented a 90-minute workshop on Author Platform and Social Media. I focused on helping new and established authors to understand how to successfully juggle the precarious balance between writing and getting their name out there. Please click here for participants’ feedback.

Local novelist Karen Dodd and Memoirist JJ Lee  – Feb. 5th, 2014. North Vancouver City Library

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Karen Dodd is a first-time novelist, who has recently broken into the literary scene with her highly acclaimed romantic suspense. She has published hundreds of articles, and teaches new and emerging fiction authors how to build their author platform while writing their books. She calls it “building the plane while flying it.” Karen will be reading from her new novel, Deadly Switch: A Stone Suspense.

JJ’s book The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor-General’s jjlee.ashxLiterary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, the 2012 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. His fashion and personal essays are published in ELLE Canada. His memoir piece, “ELLE First: You are beautiful,” tied for GOLD at the 2011 National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature.

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