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Performances / Kingston WritersFest

Wednesday September 27, 2017

1. Kingston Dinner Club

1. Kingston Dinner ClubDinner and Author TalkDennis Prescott Instagram celebrity, food blogger, and chef Dennis Prescott presents a flavour-forward dining experience. A former touring musician, Dennis quit the road and taught himself to cook using library copies of Jamie Oliver. He not only learned...
Wednesday September 27, 2017

2. Capturing Your Adventure in Word and Image

2. Capturing Your Adventure in Word and Image Writers Studio SeminarKevin Vallely For Kevin Vallely, adventure photographer/writers work differently than nature photographers or writers, where it's about waiting for the perfect moment to come to you. For an adventure photographer/writer, it's all...
Wednesday September 27, 2017

3. Adam Gopnik's New York City

3. Adam Gopnik's New York City Reading and ConversationAdam Gopnikwith Mark Medley Join Adam Gopnik, long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine, as he shares a new memoir that brims with charming erudition, rich detail, and deep insight into the particular magic of New York City in the 1980s...
Thursday September 28, 2017

4. The Other Side of the Conflict: WWII Fiction *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 4. The Other Side of the Conflict: WW II Fiction (Festival Field Trip)Solo PresentationAmanda Lewis Inspired by a true story, Amanda West Lewis's new novel relates what life was like for a boy growing in World War II Germany. Her main character must navigate a difficult path between...
Thursday September 28, 2017

5. Living on the Edge: Rowing the Northwest Passage *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 5. Living On the Edge: Rowing the Northwest Passage (Festival Field Trip)Solo PresentationKevin Vallely With three team members, adventure photographer/writer Kevin Vallely set out to be part of the first group to successfully traverse the Northwest Passage in a single season in a...
Thursday September 28, 2017

6. Writing Engaging Characters *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 6. Writing Engaging Characters Teenswrite! Richard Scrimger Richard Scrimger helps you build characters from the top down and from the bottom up. Either way works, because characters always reflect their creator, and yet, whether dorks or bullies, they are also their own people, who...
Thursday September 28, 2017

10. Storytelling Through Food Photography

10. Storytelling Through Food Photography Dennis Prescott Wildly popular food blogger and chef Dennis the Prescott (www.dennistheprescott.com) introduces you to the art of the story in images. Dennis believes that food photography presents a unique opportunity to tell your own story, your food...
Thursday September 28, 2017

7. Differences and Similarities: YA Fiction *SOLD OUT*

  ***SOLD OUT*** 7. Differences and Similarities: YA Fiction (Festival Field Trip)Readings and ConversationS.K. AliLeanne LiebermanModerator Shelley Tanaka High school life for Janna, a Muslim student, and for Sidney, a Jewish student, has many challenges. Both characters face and learn to deal...
Thursday September 28, 2017

8. A Compassionate Career: Memoir

8. A Compassionate Career: Memoir Festival Field TripSolo presentationCraig Davidson Craig Davidson takes us along for a ride one experienced every day by the Special Needs kids who were part of his own growth and redemption as he drives their school bus. I thought I would just drive a bus of high...
Thursday September 28, 2017

9. Writing Poetry *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 9. Writing Poetry TeensWrite!Armand Garnet Ruffo Northern Anishinaabe poet Armand Garnet Ruffo draws upon his own heritage to illustrate the poetry of place and memory, and explains why his own writing extends to stories, biography, and film-making that reflect his Ojibway heritage....
Thursday September 28, 2017

11. Susanna and Maud: Biography Meets Fiction *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 11. Susanna and Maud: Biography to FictionReadings and ConversationMelanie FishbaneCecily RossModerator Danika Lochhead Award-winning author Cecily Ross brings to life Susanna Moodie, an iconic and intrepid early Canadian female writer. Melanie Fishbanes debut novel is inspired by...
Thursday September 28, 2017

12. Writing Difficult Topics *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 12. Writing Difficult Topics TeensWrite!Leanne Lieberman YA novelist and teacher Leanne Lieberman helps students come to grips with how to to get over your own discomfort and write about subjects that may be considered sensitive, uncomfortable, or controversial. Her own novels have...
Thursday September 28, 2017

13. Observations on Nature: Memoir

13. Observations on Nature: MemoirReadings and Conversation Helen HumphreysKyo MaclearModerator Sarah Yi-Mei TsiangAward-winning authors Helen Humphreys and Kyo Maclear are acute observers of things small and significant. Their newest books both have been likened to Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk...
Thursday September 28, 2017

14. International Marquee

14. International Marquee Reading and ConversationMichael Chabonwith Eric Friesen Pulitizer Prize-winning American novelist Michael Chabon joins veteran broadcaster Eric Friesen to talk about Michael's latest, most luminous work, the auto-biographical novel, Moonglow. In a conversation that is sure...
Friday September 29, 2017

16. The Art of the Book: Calligraphy and Book Making

16. The Art of the Book: Calligraphy and Book Making Writers StudioAmanda Lewis Writer, visual artist, and calligrapher Amanda Lewis offers a different kind of writing workshop, one that gives you a physical connection to writing, and draws out your sense of the book as a tangible object, source of...
Friday September 29, 2017

15. Pen and Pointe Shoes: The Story of Bronia Nijinska

15. Pen and Pointe Shoes: The Story of Bronia NijinskaReading and ConversationEva Stachniakwith Cecily RossEva Stachniak shares her wondrous historical novel about the life of ballet great Bronia Nijinska, sister to the famous dancer Vladimir Nijinsky. With Cecily Ross, Eva talks about Bronia, her...
Friday September 29, 2017

17. Paths to Understanding: Indigenous Women Write

17. Paths to Understanding: Indigenous Women WriteRosanna DeerchildLee MaracleLeanne Betasamosake Simpson Moderator Terri-Lynn Brennan Join Cree author and radio journalist Rosanna Deerchild, Lee Maracle, a Salish West Coast author, author and activist Leanne Simpson, a member of the Michi Saagiig...
Friday September 29, 2017

19. Fictionalizing Famous Figures

19. Fictionalizing Famous Figures Writers StudioEva Stachniak Master storyteller Eva Stachniak shows you how to capture that famous historical figure (or your great- great- grandmother) by creating a voice that rings true. She’ll discuss how much to depend on archival evidence, where to look for...
Friday September 29, 2017

18. Book Lovers' Lunch *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 18. Book Lovers' Lunch Solo presentationBen McNally How could we not bring Ben McNally, of Toronto's Ben McNally Books, back to Kingston to present his latest installation of "Preview Picks?" With over 40 years of recommending books to discerning customers, Ben is a master. In our...
Friday September 29, 2017

20. Marketing Lessons *SOLD OUT*

***SOLD OUT*** 20. Marketing Lessons Solo presentationTerry O'Reilly Award-winning advertising expert and CBC marketing guru Terry O'Reilly shares a lifetime of marketing wisdom tailored to the little guys, and ways that they can compete with the big guys for their customers attention. Terry...
Friday September 29, 2017

22. Poetry Reading and Art Show Launch

Readings, art exhibition, and reception Michael CasteelsSadiqa de MeijerSteven HeightonHelen HumphreysSarah Tsiang  Five of Kingston’s finest poets gather to read at the fabulous Elm Café. Join Michael, Sadiqa, Steve, Helen, and Sarah for this celebration of the written word spoken and turned...
Friday September 29, 2017

21. Writing the First Page

21. Writing the First Page Writers Studio Merilyn Simonds When browsing a bookstore, how many readers set aside a book after the first page? Agents and editors can be just as tough. But the good news is that they will all read the first page. Merilyn Simonds teaches you to craft an opening that...
Friday September 29, 2017

23. A Bride, a Groom, and a Lover

23. A Bride, A Groom, and a Lover: Mystery and Moral Malaise in Victorian CanadaReading and ConversationRay Argylewith Lawrence Scanlan Join Kingston author Ray Argyle as he and author Lawrence Scanlan chat about Rays newest book, a novel based on a true story. Set in rural Ontario, with elements...
Friday September 29, 2017

24. Freedom Seekers: the African Experience in North America

24. Freedom Seekers: the African Experience in North AmericaReadings and ConversationKarolyn Smardz FrostLinda SpaldingModerator Anita Jack-Davies GG Award-winning authors both, biographer Karoyln Smardz-Frost and novelist Linda Spalding bring to life the extraordinary experiences of freedom...
Friday September 29, 2017

25. Reading Men: Books (and Beer!)

25. Reading Men: Books (and Beer!) Readings and Conversation Steven HeightonPasha MallaLinden MacIntyre Join Pasha, Steve, and Linden in a cold one, as these accomplished writers share a relaxed, unmoderated conversation about their books and their protagonists, and hash out their thoughts on...
Saturday September 30, 2017

27. Historical Research from Old Sources

27. Historical Research from Old SourcesWriters StudioKarolyn Smardz Frost Although they can be challenging to find, accurate historical details from primary sources give your story or non-fiction piece credibility, and contribute to your readers’ trust. Governor General’s Award winner, historian...
Saturday September 30, 2017

26. Café Noir: Death at Dowbiggen

26. Café Noir: Death at Dowbiggen Reading and ConversationJohn Farrowwith Barbara Bell John Farrow (aka Trevor Ferguson) regales us with his newest dark thriller, which includes a murdered New Hampshire co-ed, a letter, and a spy. The investigation is hampered stateside by the fury of nature and...
Saturday September 30, 2017

28. Jimmy & James/Past & Present: Historical Fiction

28. Jimmy & James/Present & Past: Historical FictionReading and conversationKathleen Winterwith Charlotte Gray In the most recent example of her beautifully written, audacious, and deeply inventive work, Kathleen Winter presents two characters in one, General James Wolfe, known to most...
Saturday September 30, 2017

00. Project Bookmark Unveiling

Project Bookmark Canada, the City of Kingston, and Kingston WritersFest celebrate Merilyn Simonds’ classic literary work, The Convict Lover, with the unveiling of the city’s second Bookmark. Kingston WritersFest is proud to include the ceremony as one of this year’s Festival events. Join Laurie...
Saturday September 30, 2017

29. Finding Truth in Fair Verona: Juliet, Shakespeare, & Love

29. Finding Truth in Fair Verona: Juliet, Shakespeare, & Love Reading and conversationGlenn Dixonwith Ben McNally Not many men would volunteer to travel abroad to become one of Juliet’s secretaries, but author Glenn Dixon does just that in the name of research, and in a quest for understanding...
Saturday September 30, 2017

30. Writing Dialogue

30. Beefsteaks and Heartbreaks: A Writing Workshop for Jerks(and Others Plumbing the Depths of Disappointment) Writers StudioPasha Malla Dialogue can be daunting. Join award-winning author Pasha Malla in this hands-on workshop on how to write dialogue that evokes character, and that resonates with...
Saturday September 30, 2017

31. Present Imperfect: Speculative Fiction

31. Present Imperfect: Speculative FictionReading and ConversationElan Mastaiwith Marc Garniss Award-winning screenwriter turned novelist Elan Mastai sends us to an alternate world, a thrilling techno-Utopian paradise where flying cars and robot maids are a reality, then challenges us to ask...
Saturday September 30, 2017

32. Canadians Less Ordinary, In Word and Image

32. Canadians Less Ordinary, In Word and ImageReadings and ConversationCharlotte GrayLawrence ScanlanModerator Alicia Boutilier What makes a great Canadian? Join award-winning authors Charlotte Gray and Lawrence Scanlan as they discuss the extraordinary people featured in their books. Tommy Douglas...
Saturday September 30, 2017

33. Writing Good Sexy

33. Writing Good Sexy Writers StudioKaren Connelly Short of seguing directly to the aftermath, how do you write sex scenes that avoid cliché, pretension, coyness, or awkwardness? Award-winning author Karen Connelly leads you past internal or external barriers, to write beautiful, funny, powerful...
Saturday September 30, 2017

34. The Big Idea - Despair and Hope: Finding Refuge in Canada

34. The Big Idea  Despair and Hope: Finding Refuge in CanadaOnstage ConversationCarol OffAhmad Danny RamadanDoug SaundersModerator Eric Friesen Join moderator Eric Friesen for a penetrating conversation with award-winning journalists and authors Carol Off and Doug Saunders, and debut novelist Danny...
Saturday September 30, 2017

35. Saturday Night SpeakEasy

35. Saturday Night SpeakEasy PerformanceMichelle BerryJanie ChangKaren ConnellyGlenn DixonPierre-Luc LandryJennifer LoveGroveDiane SchoemperlenAnna PorterHosted by Bill Richardson Join us for an entertaining evening of poetry and prose, with a live set to open by our house band, Trio Without Words...
Sunday October 1, 2017

36. Paper, Pen, and Pixels: Memoir

36. Paper, Pen, and Pixels: MemoirReading and ConversationMerilyn Simondswith Diane Schoemperlen Author Merilyn Simonds shares stories that span 40 years from her new memoir, and talks about her ongoing love affair with books, reading, and writing. With author Diane Schoemperlen she explores the...
Sunday October 1, 2017

37. Adapting Your Novel for Screen

37. Adapting Your Novel (or Someone Else’s) for Screen Writers StudioElan Mastai Five of Elan Mastai’s screenplays have been made into films, most recently, “What If – a.k.a. The F Word”, which won the Canadian Academy Award and the Writers Guild of Canada Award for best screenplay. He’s also...
Sunday October 1, 2017

38. Compound Sorrows and a Hint of Magic: Chinese Historical Fiction

38. Compound Sorrows and a Touch of Magic: Chinese Historical FictionJanie Changwith Barbara Bell Janie Chang spins a richly textured tale of a thrice-unfortunate girl – the illegitimate Eurasian daughter of a Chinese concubine – who navigates the complexities and intrigues of early-twentieth-...
Sunday October 1, 2017

39. Broken Prisons: Thirty Years in Canada's Prison Service

39. Broken Prisons: Thirty Years in Canada’s Prison ServiceSolo PresentationRobert Clark Robert Clark, a three-decade veteran of Corrections Canada, believed he had something to offer prisoners. This belief was crushed as he climbed to the position of deputy warden and suffered a crisis of...
Sunday October 1, 2017

40. The Real Vimy: Remembrance and National Identity

40. Vimy: Remembrance and National IdentityReading and ConversationTim Cookwith Duncan McDowall Join historian Tim Cook and Queen’s University Historian Duncan McDowall as they talk about this legendary battle and its place in the Canadian national consciousness. How did Vimy, relatively...
Sunday October 1, 2017

41. Nailing It: Define Your Characters from the Opening Chapter

41. Nailing It: Define Your Characters from the First Chapter Writers StudioMichelle Berry Novelist Michelle Berry starts with a brief talk about the fundamentals of a good opening and then moves to how to develop great characters that leap off the page. She’ll assign a fun exercise: participants...
Sunday October 1, 2017

42. Author! Author!

42. Author! Author!Kathy ReichsWith Robert Rotenberg Forensic anthropologist and academic by day, prolific writer by night, American author Kathy Reichs has delivered a brilliant forensic crime series featuring Temperance Brennan, that spans two decades and exceeds two dozen works of fiction. With...
Sunday October 1, 2017

43. Viva Voce: Discovery

Performance Poetry  Kingston WritersFest andJuvenis Arts Festival celebrate young literary talent in a lively hour of spoken-word poetry, as promising young local writers, aged 13–30, perform a curated selection of original pieces. This event gives you a chance to discover young Kingston talent...
Sunday October 1, 2017

45. New Writer's Roundtable

45. New Writers’ Roundtable Writers Studio SeminarPatrick Crean Veteran editor Patrick Crean leads this round table, open to all writers, beginners or published, to discuss strategies to get your work published. What do editors look for? What are the differences between over the transom and...
Sunday October 1, 2017

44. Wine, Women, and Words

44. Wine, Women, and Words Readings and Conversation Jennifer LoveGroveLeanne DunicAlison PickKaren Connolly Picture a comfy living room get-together with the smartest women you know. Now, imagine that you’re there as they sip wine, dip into their latest books, and discuss the issues that drive...
Sunday October 1, 2017

46. The New Farm: Food, People, Planet

46. The New Farm: Food, People, Planet Reading, Talk, and TastingsBrent Preston Brent Preston and his partner left Toronto and purchased acreage in southwestern Ontario Their goal? To feed their family quality organic food, paying their way, and restoring land that had suffered decades of...
Sunday October 1, 2017

2017 Kingston WritersFest Pass - SOLD OUT!

2017 Festival Pass ***SOLD OUT***   NEW- now includes a ticket to the International Marquee!   Quantities are limited and passes alway sell out, so buy now to avoid disappointment.   Purchase your pass to the 2017 Festival the very best way to get the most out of everything Kingston WritersFest has...
Sunday October 1, 2017

47. Robertson Davies Lecture

47. The Robertson Davies Lecture Lecture and Conversation Anna Porter An Officer of The Order of Canada, Anna Porter is one of Canada’s most respected publishing professionals, and co-founder of Key Porter Books. She is also an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and this year,...