Useful Tips

If you're like us, you want to get the most out of your experience at the conference. Here are a few tips that might come in handy.

1. Drink lots of water! It's important to stay hydrated so you can keep energized and healthy throughout the weekend. Water is brain power!
2. Remember to eat! If you're staying in the hotel, bring food and take quick breaks in your room to eat. Or, visit one of the restaurants and fuel up! It's important to stay fuelled to avoid getting overtired or catching con crud!
3. Don't be shy! Everyone is there to meet new people and have a good time, don't be afraid to introduce yourself.
4. Bring business cards if you're looking to network! It's easy to pass on your information that way.
5. If you get business cards from someone, as soon as you get a chance, write a note on the back of it to remind yourself the where/when/what so when you get home later with a stack of business cards, you'll remember the specifics of each one!

Area Information


The Grand Villa Casino is attached to the hotel, here's a look at the dining they have available: Casino dining


Brentwood Town Centre
Metropolis at Metrotown


Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Mountain
Grouse Mountain
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park



Who is running this thing?

My name is Sandra Wickham and I'm a writer. For eleven years I promoted one of the biggest bodybuilding and fitness competitions in the country because I was passionate about competing in the sport, and wanted to share that passion with others while helping the sport to grow. I'm just as passionate about the literary and arts world and want to promote an event to share that passion. I'll do my best to produce a great event that people will love. I'm not doing it all on my own, however. I have to thank Randy McCharles of When Words Collide for his help and inspiration in getting this festival started. There is such great support in the community for which I am grateful, and many people have been helping me behind the scenes. I'll also be recruiting volunteers to help the festival run as smoothly as possible!


What should I expect to see at the festival?

The festival will be a mix of what you'd find at a conference and a convention. There will be panels with several people discussing topics, as well as single person presentations. We will also have readings by authors, displays by artists, an expo of people selling their goodies (books, art, etc), as well as Blue Pencil sessions where writers can get feedback on their writing from professionals. Expect to come into a warm, welcoming and fun environment, while you learn more about your craft, network with people in the industry and make new connections!


Do presenters receive free memberships?

In order to keep the registration fee much, MUCH lower than a conference, the festival will be based on a 'volunteer' convention model popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that is designed to attract writers and artists of all levels, while being affordable enough to attract readers and fans. All speakers, except the official Guests of Honour, volunteer their time and expertise. Speakers and volunteers who do not attend the festival outside of their presentations or volunteer work have no need to register, though I expect most will as they'll want to attend the festival when they are not speaking or volunteering.


How do I sponsor this event and get exposure for myself, company, or brand?

We have plenty of options for you to choose from, depending on how much you would like to be involved. Whether it's a table in our expo, program advertising, website promotion, powerpoint advertising, outreach to all members in our goody bags, or a combination of some or all, we will work with you so you get the most out of your presence at the event. Email me at and I will send you our sponsorship package outlining all your options. We'd love to have you be a part of our festival!


How do I become a volunteer?

Easy! Just email me at and we can discuss options. We have lots of different opportunities and areas for helping out, I'm sure we can find a perfect fit for you!


Is the Festival wheelchair accessible?

Yes! Parking is outside the main entrance. Programming is on the second floor, elevators are available.


Does the cost of membership include the hotel room?

No, membership costs are for the festival only. You can book your room at the hotel with our special rate. Visit our Venue page for information. Please note, any questions you have about your hotel room, hotel parking, or any other hotel-related issues should be directed to the hotel.