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Joining us for 2016? Here’s how events will unfold:


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
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