Bates, Margo


Her writing style is a slice of Canadiana which offers a unique look into the culture of Northern British Columbia. Margo Bates uses humour to bring fiction to life, teaches writing and media relations workshops, does public speaking, publicity and photography. The author of P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother, and A Queen of the Gated Community, she is currently writing The Funeral Follower.

Margo is President of Canadian Authors — Vancouver, its Program & Publicity Committee Chair, the CAA National MarComm (marketing & communications) Committee Chair. She’s also a member of the Federation of BC Writers, is an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio, and, she’s a darn good cook.

Since 1980, Margo worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States and London, England. Margo has a strong base of writing and editing. She is an expert publicist and media relations practitioner, and owned Vancouver-based Margo Bates Publicity until 2011.


P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother;
A Queen of the Gated Community,
The Funeral Follower and
Good Cookin’ at Marge’s Diner … hundreds served!



Research Strategies for Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction – Margo Bates writes humorous accounts of life in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. She does extensive research on local events and the time period of her stories in order to bring history alive, and keep her readers wanting to find out what happens next. By using mind mapping, Margo shows participants how to develop their ideas, characters, storyline and story outcome based on research.

What A Character! Humour Writing – Stories and storytellers are the very fabric of our culture. We learn about history, society, and people’s experiences through their stories. 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 the story of Nana Noonan and her granddaughter Maggie Mulvaney, the main characters in P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother by historical fiction writer Margo Bates.

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 reads from her books P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother and Favorite Recipes from Marge’s Diner … hundreds served. She offers a treasure trove of family memories, recipes and humorous anecdotes, including how the Telkwa Hall Rum Punch got its name.

Writing Services

Margo is available for keynote speaking engagements, workshop facilitation, private coaching for writers and as a panel member on these topics: writing fictional accounts of real-life stories, research strategies and publicity/media relations – by storytelling.

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