INSPIRING. EDUCATING. CONNECTING.

THE ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

April 30 – May 1, 2016

Ajax, Ontario

The Ontario Writers’ Conference is dedicated to the celebration of writing by inspiring, educating & connecting writers of all levels; providing participants with an opportunity to network with writers and other publishing professionals; and encouraging writers to publish, promote and sell their work.

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THE SCHEDULE

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Masterclasses

1. Archetypes, Characters & YOU — Donna Morrissey

2. Close Encounters: The Art of Writing Collaboratively — Dale R. Long and Tobin Elliott

3. Creativity KickStarter: Discovering the Power of Play – Heather Tucker

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12:30 PM

Festival of Authors (open to the public!)

The exciting evening features:
– entertaining interviews and inspiring author readings
– opportunities to mingle with Canadian Authors, fellow writers and avid readers
– voting for the winnters of our Story Starters Contest
– exciting prizes and wondrous magic!
All this in a café-style atmosphere with a cash bar and sweet endings.

7:00 PM

Arrival / Registration

7:45 AM

Manuscript Mentoring: Blue Pencil Sessions

8:30 AM

Opening Ceremonies

by Dorothea Helms

8:45 AM

Concurrent Workshops

1. From Inspiration to Pub: Fiction Writer 101 – Ruth Walker
2. Writing for Healing – Laura Apol
3. INTERMEDIATE: Add a Little Queer to Your Fiction – M-E Girard
4. ADVANCED: Social Media – Anne MacLachlan
5. ADVANCED: Many Voices: Diversity in Memoir – Allyson Latta

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9:30 AM

Manuscript Mentoring: Practice Pitch Sessions

11:30 AM

Cornerstone Award, 1st-Time Published author reading, Lunch Speaker

by Wayson Choy

11:30 AM

Concurrent Workshops

1. Publishing Roundtable – Mark Lefebvre, Jim Nason, Mike O’Connor, Carly Watters
2. INTERMEDIATE: Cultural Worldbuilding – Amanda Sun
3. INTERMEDIATE: Can’t Go Over It, Can’t Go Under It – Farzana Doctor
4. ADVANCED: Watch Your Language – Gwynn Scheltema
5. ADVANCED: Having Faith in Your Writing – Alison Pick

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1:30 PM

Manuscript Mentoring: Practice Pitch Sessions

3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Story Starters Contest, Raffle, Closing Speaker

by Drew Hayden Taylor

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Manuscript Mentoring

Sit down with a writing mentor, or practice your elevator pitch with a literary agent.

Student Scholarship

Are you a student with an interest in writing? Apply for our student (16+) scholarship!

Festival of Authors

Interviews, author readings and literary mingling, all in a café-style atmosphere with a cash bar and sweet endings.

Cornerstone Award

This award is presented to a Canadian person or organization that demonstrates exemplary support of Canadian writers and the writing field in general.

OWC 2015

OWC 2014

OWC 2013

GET DIRECTIONS

Our 2016 conference unfolds at the Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ontario.

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OUR PARTNERS

Since the Ontario Writers’ Conference is a grassroots, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, we appreciate any and every bit of support we receive from our dedicated and generous partners from all sectors. On behalf of the many writers and readers who participate in our annual event, thank you for all you do. Interested in becoming a partner? Drop us a line.

WORD BY WORD.

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