Thoughts from a 19-year-old attendee:
“Walking into the Ontario Writer’s Conference was intimidating at first. At nineteen, I was one of the youngest writers that had attended. Regardless, the feeling quickly faded. I was welcomed and treated with respect, and encouraged by the writer’s community around me.
The Blue Pencil Session was my favourite part of the conference, because it was fifteen minutes of manuscript advice that I wouldn’t have obtained anywhere else. My mentor was encouraging, and had even taken the time to write down suggestions. At the end of the day, I left the conference feeling enthusiastic about my manuscript again. This conference is for anyone at any age who possesses a passion for reading and writing.”