September 27: Regional Spotlight: Vernon Critique Group

  • 27 Sep 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Join us Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm for Regional Spotlight: Vernon Critique Group with host Meaghan Hackinen. Register here ( and a link will be sent to you. When it's time for the event, click on the link to join the live Zoom event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Craig Copland is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada--also known as the Toronto Bootmakers. In May of 2014 this esteemed group of scholars announced a contest for the writing of a new Sherlock Holmes mystery. Although he had never tried his hand at fiction before, Craig entered and was pleasantly surprised to be selected as one of the winners. Having enjoyed the experience he decided to write more of the same, and is now on a mission to write a new Sherlock Holmes mystery that is related to and inspired by each of the sixty stories in the original Canon. 

So far, he has published forty-three books of New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries as well as a dozen short stories and other books. Copland pursued professional career that took him to over one hundred countries and endless adventures.
He has been living and writing while living in Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York, Tokyo, Bahrain, and the Okanagan Valley and looks forward to finally settling down when he turns ninety. You can find him at


Zach Smith’s love of the outdoors led to his departure from the Toronto in late 2020 when he packed up his newly purchased 2004 Toyota Rav4 and drove across the country, landing in Kelowna. His work tends to feature harsh landscapes and deeply flawed characters, but you can expect a hopeful ending as he tries to see the lighter side of darkest situations. 

Right now, he’s got two novels on the go but tries to work in a short story whenever inspiration strikes. When he’s not hunched over a book or his computer screen you can find him skiing, hiking, camping, and exploring his new home in the Okanagan

Barry Millar was born in Winnipeg but moved here with his family in 1974. It was one of the smartest things he has ever done.  He taught secondary school English in Winnipeg and in Vernon for thirty-one years and has always enjoyed writing. 

After publishing numerous articles in Pacific Yachting it was not long after that Barry was drawn to writing prose fiction. He has always liked the idea of something created entirely in his head. Barry has published a novel Dead Money on Amazon, and is currently reworking a contemporary romance novel written more years ago than some of you may have lived.

Dayle lives in the Okanagan, with her family, three dogs and one seriously Bad Ass Bunny. She is an expert at flittering aimlessly and keeps her head tethered to her shoulders by a loose thread. When she is not writing, she spends her time looking for a backdoor portal into Charlie Kaufman's mind or playing Fortnite with her kids.

Meaghan Hackinen (FBCW host): Meaghan is a writer and ultra-endurance cyclist whose two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along Europe’s highest paved roads. Her debut travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was a finalist  for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and an Alberta Book Publishing Award. Meaghan has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and lives on the traditional territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) People in Kelowna, British Columbia. 

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