Stories and storytellers are the very fabric of our society. We learn about history, society, and people’s experiences through their stories. Margo Bates has developed these hands-on workshops for writers.

It’s all about YOU
Marketing Yourself and Your Work 

As a publicist, Margo Bates wrote about and told other people’s stories, including what made them experts and why the public should learn more about the people, their product, and their businesses. It wasn’t the same when it came to her writing.
Market yourself like the pros

Perfecting Your Pitch

Every writer knows that pitching a story can be a big challenge. How do you balance the need to convey the essence of a story with the need to avoid bogging down in detail?
Tell your story in one minute, five, or ten minutes

PResearch Strategies for Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

By using mind mapping, Margo shows participants how to develop their ideas, characters, storyline and story outcome based on research. 
Topics and Examples in Research Strategies workshop

Telling Family Stories Through Writing Cookbooks

Food reminds us of special occasions, family traditions, and customs. Meals shared with loved ones make for precious memories, and often the best stories come out of a family dinner. As an author — and a cook — Margo Bates uses examples from her books P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother and Good Cookin’ at Marge’s Diner … hundreds and hundreds served. Participants learn to mine for a treasure trove of memories, recipes, and add humorous anecdotes which help to create personalized cookbooks.

NEXT WORKSHOP: Kwantlen Polytechnic 2021 Fall Semester 10 a.m. Friday, November 19, 2021

Margo will present her ‘Telling Family Stories Through Writing Cookbooks’ workshop via ZOOM and Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK). The Fall semester Registration opens soon.

Sign up for Marge’s Diner Newsletter to keep in touch. Please note: The first issue of the newsletter is due June 5, 2021. On that date 100 years ago, in 1921, my father, Art Bates, was born. He was a writer and humourist long before I became one … so it’s only fitting, wouldn’t you say?

What a Character!

Writing humor is an art. Characters aren’t always funny. Stories are often serious. It’s the way a character reacts to a situation that can be humorous. Workshop participants analyze their family’s characters, while Margo refers to the story of Nana Noonan and her granddaughter, Maggie Mulvaney, the main characters in P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother.
Topics in What a Character! workshop