Start Anywhere and Don’t Stop.

A Reading and Social with author Joëlle Anthony.

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

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

She will kick off the evening with a presentation, sharing excerpts from her award winning fiction for kids and teens, telling stories, and answering questions. And when she’s finished talking, she wants to get to know you, and what you’re writing or reading, so please plan to stay for a social.

Periodically, Joëlle hosts “socials” on her island, inviting anyone interested in writing or reading to come and hang out with others of the same ilk, have a snack, talk shop or just passions.

“There are plenty of opportunities for workshops and writing groups, but sometimes we need to hang out together socially and that’s why I started putting these together. It’s especially great for new or aspiring writers because no one’s asking them to share anything, it’s purely fun. All ages are welcome, too, so bring your young writers and readers along.”

Refreshments will be served. Receptions are open to the public and all ages.

Joëlle will also be teaching a Writing With Sensory Details workshop on Saturday March 30th. You can learn more and sign up here.

photo by Victor Anthony

Joëlle Anthony / J. M. Kelly is a writer, actress and playwright, born in Portland, Oregon, now living on Gabriola Island in BC.

J. M. Kelly is the pen name for Joëlle Anthony.  She spent her childhood with her nose in a book, often in the backseat of whatever old car her dad had at the time.

She’s worked as an actress, a Minor League Baseball souvenir hawker, the Easter Bunny, and various other not-so-odd jobs.

Now she mostly writes novels, but she still dabbles in sketch comedy, nonfiction, and teaching writing to both kids and adults.

Speed of Life is Joëlle’s third novel, a White Pine nominee, hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as: a believable portrait of blue-collar teens struggling to make it work against tough odds.

She’s the author of the 2017 Middle Grade novel, A Month of Mondays, an OLA Forest Kid Committee Summer Reading List pick, a VOYA Top Shelf Awardwinner, and a 2019Chocolate Lily Nominee. Her two previous novels for teens include Restoring Harmony and The Right & the Real.

She is currently finishing her first book for adults, an historical novel set in 1962 Vancouver, called Between Over and Next.

Follow her on Twitter at: joellewrites or visit her website: 

She also works as a freelance story development editor and professional writer mentor:

Learn more about the Self-Directed Artist-in-Residence program here.