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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.

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 AGENTS
WITH KELVIN KONG AND MEG WHEELER
Join our panel of industry experts to learn how agents and writers work together, navigate challenges, and find success.

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)!

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.

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

FICTION WORKSHOP 
WITH CHELUCHI ONEMELUKWE 

Stay tuned for details!

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
Stay tuned for details!

5:00 — 6:00 PM (AST)
DISCUSSION PANEL
MEET THE EDITORS
WITH BETHANY GIBSON AND GUEST (TBD)
Join our industry experts to learn about the challenges and triumphs of the writer / editor relationship.

7:30 — 9:00 PM (AST)
MASTERCLASS
MASTERCLASS
WITH CHELENE KNIGHT
Stay tuned for details!

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. 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 Spatz Theatre in Halifax. Then, Kim Stanley Robinson joins 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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