Susan Safyan


Susan Safyan is the associate editor at Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver where she has edited bestselling and award-winning novels and short stories, memoirs, and history titles, graphic novels, a cornucopia of cookbooks, anthologies both erotic and academic, and more.  Arsenal Pulp Press’s editorial board selectively accepts manuscripts in the areas of:

Gay and lesbian fiction and non-fiction
Multicultural fiction and non-fiction
Cultural studies
Regional non-fiction, in particular for Vancouver
Cookbooks with an international reach
Alternative craft books
Literary fiction and non-fiction (no genre fiction, such as mysteries, thrillers, or romance)
Graphic novels

Please look at our online catalogue ( to see the types of books we publish.

*Bio for workshop: Susan Safyan, associate editor at Arsenal Pulp Press, is the author of All Roads Lead to Wells, published by Caitlin Press in 2012. This colourful history of a formative and contentious era tells the stories of a group of idealistic young women and men, self-described “volunteer peasants,” who moved to the tiny town of Wells in British Columbia’s Central Interior as part of the 1970s back-to-the-land movement. In 2003, she edited the collection Reverberations: 25 Years of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. She is currently writing a history of the counterculture in British Columbia.

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 10:30am

"There is no period so remote as the recent past."

--The History Boys

And no history is more immediate than the real-life story told by an eye-witness; multiple first-hand memories, when sensitively analyzed, organized, and edited, become unique and valuable historical narratives. Such stories preserve the irreplaceable collective memory of towns and regions, unions and collectives, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, gatherings, and the threads that connect fellow travellers of all kinds.  In this workshop, Susan Safyan distills her experiences as a writer and editor to inspire and encourage writers of community histories. She will touch on some practical matters: preparing for effective and ethical interviews, listening actively, transcribing and note-taking, organizing what you’ve collected, and enhancing oral histories with archival and photographic materials. Come prepared to write and to discuss your project(s).