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Friday, November 6 @ 7:30pm – CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb St. W, Waterloo

Craig Norris in Conversation with Don Gillmor and Nino Ricci

+ winners of The New Quarterly’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry contests

+ Lynn Thomson, winner of the 2015 Edna Staebler Award presented by Wilfrid Laurier University

$10 admission (+ 13% HST) – or free with a print subscription to The New Quarterly OR featured book purchase at Words Worth Books


Saturday, November 7 – Balsillie School of International Affairs (CIGI campus)
67 Erb St. W, Waterloo

8:30 – 9:30 am:
9:30 – 10:50 am:

Writer’s Craft Class – $20

Favours of the Moon:
Prose Poems
Patricia Young


The Publishing Panel:
What’s Love Got to Do With It – The Editor-Writer Relationship

Brian Bartlett; Anita Chong, Senior Editor at McLelland and Stewart; Pamela Mulloy, Editor at The New Quarterly; and Janice Zawerbny, Senior Editor at House of Anansi 

Moderated by Susan Scott, Non-fiction Editor at
The New Quarterly

Writer’s Craft Class – $20

Writing for Young Adults
Sarah Henstra

11:10 – 12:30 pm:

Panel Discussion

Writing Your Way Home: On Race, Immigration, and Belonging
Tasneem Jamal, Jael Richardson, and Ayelet Tsabari

Writer’s Craft Class – $20

Characters + Nature: Building Stories from Images

Carrie Snyder

In Conversation

The Art of the Thriller
Nick Cutter and Andrew Pyper

Moderated by David Worsley

12:30 – 1:30 pm:
with Book Signing from 12:30 – 1:00
1:30 – 2:50 pm:

Wild Writers Panel

In Praise of the Prose Poem
Brian Bartlett, Eve Joseph, and Patricia Young

Moderated by Barb Carter

Writer’s Craft Class – $20

Creative Non-Fiction
Ayelet Tsabari

Sold out

Wild Writers Panel

Fiction: Pushing Boundaries
Rhonda Douglas, Kevin Hardcastle, Russell Smith, and Kathleen Winter

Moderated by K.D. Miller


3:10 – 4:30 pm:

Writer’s Craft Class – $20

Travel Writing
Nicola Ross

In Conversation

Spiritual Memoirs
Eve Joseph, K.D. Miller, and Christine Pountney

Moderated by Susan Scott

Writer’s Craft Class – $20

Making Non-Fiction Comics: Bringing Real Life to the Page
Meags Fitzgerald

Saturday, November 7 @ 7:00pm – The Jazz Room
59 King Street North, Waterloo


Across Canada by Story with Doug Gibson

With Douglas Gibson’s second book, Across Canada by Story, he brings new stories about Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, W.O. Mitchell, Alistair MacLeod, and Alice Munro, and adds lively portraits of Al Purdy, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Laurence, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Johntson, Linwood Barclay, Michael Ondaatje, and many, many others. Whether fly fishing in Haida Gwaii or sailing off Labrador, Douglas Gibson is a first-rate ambassador for Canada and the power of great stories.

+ Bruce Johnstone as MC

+ live music with Andriy Tykhonov and Matt Lima

$15 admission (+ 13% HST)

Sunday, November 8 @ 10:00am – The Boathouse
57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener

Literary Brunch
with Elizabeth Hay and Kathleen Winter

Coffee with the authors begins at 10:00 followed by The Boathouse’s breakfast fare. The writers will discuss their latest work, the writing process, and life as a writer. Intimate, casual, engaging – an ideal way to spend a Sunday morning.

$35 admission (+ 13% HST)


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