The Kingston WritersFest, which is celebrating its fifth year, hosts more than 50 events, which bring readers and authors together. It happens to fall on the same weekend as Culture Days and they’ve jumped on board to support literary arts in the community even further. While they will offer their usual free events for youth and children (see below), they have also chosen to give authors a rare treat... a free writers master class.
In “Your Writing with Wattpad”(Saturday, September 28 from noon -2pm) Caitlin O’Hanlon, an engagement manager at Wattpad, the world’s largest online community of readers and writers, discusses the changing face of the publishing industry. She will show how writers can use this landscape to promote their work and expand their audience. Read more about the event here.
“In today’s digital universe, writers need to know how to promote their work online. The writers studio helps them do that,” says Artistic Director Merilyn Simonds.
As for the free children’s events during WritersFest...
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring YA superstar Kenneth Oppel and the queen of Plasticine Barbara Reid to Kingston’s young readers,” she says.
Sunday, September 28 at 10am is an exciting event for younger children (ages 4 to 8) award-winning author and illustrator Barbara Reid shares the creative process behind her most celebrated books (Read Me a Story, The Party, The Subway Mouse, and Picture a Tree and Welcome, Baby). During the event, she’ll show step-by step techniques, tips, and tools to inspire Plasticine artists of all ages. See more here.
At 11am on Sunday, September 29 at Kids (8 years and up), teens, and fully-grown adults, Kenneth Oppel, author of more than fifteen novels, joins his fans to read from his work and talk about imagination, storytelling, and how he gets his ideas. Ken talks, too, about his wicked new series: the Dark Endeavour Chronicles, a prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, in which alchemy, science, and magic play a part. See more here.
A nice bonus to the festival this year is local poet and author Sadiqa de Meijer’s release of Leaving Howe Island. While not an official WritersFest event, de Meijer will launch her first collection of poetry in the festival cafe in a free event at noon on Sunday September 29.