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VIRTUAL WRITERS'
CONFERENCE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 

11:00 — 11:30 AM (AST)
HOSPITALITY SUITE
A virtual spot for participants to mingle and get to know one another. Bring your morning beverage and meet your conference colleagues in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

12:00 — 1:30 PM (AST)
FICTION WORKSHOP

MASTERING DIALOGUE
WITH SHARON BALA

By parsing examples from literature, this workshop will go beyond the fundamentals to explore how dialogue can multi-task: convey speech, advance plot, reveal character, add atmosphere, and enhance setting. We’ll also consider the philosophy of quotation marks, consider body language, action, subtext, and how to revise a long passage of direct dialogue. This workshop will include a short writing exercise.

12:00 — 2:00 PM (AST)
POETRY WORKSHOP

POETRY AND THE DOCUMENT
WITH
TARA MCGOWAN-ROSS
Tara McGowan-Ross takes emerging writers of all experience levels through the process of creating document poetry. Participants will create their own work after being guided through the exact process developed to write the document-poem STRIKE MOTION — a resistance poem layered directly on top of the document Tara's university department used to go on strike in 2015. Participants are encouraged to bring a document (a lease, certificate, contract, etc.) which is significant to them.

3:00 — 4:00 PM (AST)
DISCUSSION PANEL
MEET THE EDITORS
WITH BETHANY GIBSON AND KATHERINE BARRETT
Join our panel of industry experts to learn how the editor/writer relationship works, and bring your questions!

5:00 — 6:00 PM (AST)
Q&A
CREATIVE PEP-TALK WITH SUE GOYETTE
Tune in and get to know the eighth Poet Laureate of K'jipuktuk (Halifax)! Bring your creative practice questions of all kinds. Sue has a deep practice herself, and a brilliant ability to create and hold humane and hospitable space for fellow writers.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 

11:00 — 11:30 AM (AST)
HOSPITALITY SUITE
A virtual spot for participants to mingle and get to know one another. Bring your morning beverage and meet your conference colleagues in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Talk over what you learned yesterday, what you're looking forward to today.

12:00 — 1:30 PM (AST)
FICTION WORKSHOP

BUILDING CHARACTERS
WITH CHELUCHI ONYEMELUKWE ONUOBIA

What is it about some characters that stay with readers long after the last line has been read, the book set aside?  What makes a character come alive and become as real as people we see, and live with? I will talk about what I think makes us feel, like, hate see real people in the characters, and helps an author create fully realised dramatic personae.

12:00 — 2:00 PM (AST)
NON-FICTION WORKSHOP

PUTTING THE CREATIVE IN NON-FICTION 
WITH DEAN JOBB

Have a true story to tell? This workshop explores how to bring it to life using the storytelling techniques of fiction writers. Recreate gripping scenes that draw readers into the story. Describe places and events in immersive detail. Create vivid, memorable characters and add snippets of dialogue to get them talking. And do it all using only the facts. Along the way we’ll explore an array of research techniques and resources that will elevate your nonfiction writing.

3:00 — 4:15 PM (AST)
WRITING FROM LIFE 

DON'T I KNOW YOU FROM SOMEWHERE?
WITH
NICOLE CHUNG
Nicole Chung is the author of the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know. Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Library Journal, and many other outlets, All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, an Indies Choice Honor Book, and an official Junior Library Guild Selection. Chung’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, GQ, TIME, and Vulture, among others, and she also writes a weekly advice column for Slate. Her next books are forthcoming from Ecco Books and HarperTeen. She joins conference co-director, author, and editor Stephanie Domet in conversation about the trials and tribulations of writing from real life.

5:00 — 6:00 PM (AST)
DISCUSSION PANEL
MEET THE AGENTS
WITH KELVIN KONG AND MEG WHEELER
Join our panel of industry experts to learn how agent and writers work together, navigate challenges, and find success. Bring your questions about the benefits of being agented—and how writers can go it alone if agenting isn't right for them.

7:30 — 9:00 PM (AST)
KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
CHELENE KNIGHT IN CONVERSATION WITH STEPHANIE DOMET
Chelene Knight is the author of three books, including her debut novel Junie, published September 2022 by Book*Hug. She is currently working on a commissioned book on Black self-love and joy forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada in 2023. Chelene is the founder of Breathing Space Creative Literary Studio and represents a boutique list of clients as a literary agent with Transatlantic agency. She'll be in conversation about her novel with festival co-director Stephanie Domet.
 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022 

3:00 — 4:15 PM (AST)
BONUS EVENT

IN CONVERSATION
WITH KIM STANLEY ROBINSON


The fourth annual AfterWords Literary Festival presents Kim Stanley Robinson, in Conversation with poet and professor Madhur Anand. Robinson is widely acclaimed as the leading speculative fiction writer of our time, and is in high demand as a speaker at climate change conferences.

As part of the festival's Engaging The Climate programming, Catherine Bush and Waubgeshig Rice open the show, live on stage at The McInnis Room in Halifax. Then, Kim Stanley Robinson joins host Madhur Anand and the live audience from his home in Davis, California.This hybrid event will include a moderated audience Q&A with Kim Stanley Robinson.

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