Opening Night at AfterWords features David Bergen and Alex Pugsley in conversation with writer and festival co-director Ryan Turner at 7:00 PM. Jesse Wente will then be interviewed by journalist and teacher Trina Roache at 8:30 PM. Their conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Books will be available for sale. This event is presented in partnership with The University of King's College.
Hear Chelene Knight in conversation with writer and festival co-founder 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.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM CAFE LARA
Help us celebrate the fourth annual AfterWords Festival! Featuring readings from Anna Quon, David Huebert, K.R. Byggdin, Katherine Alexandra Harvey, Luke Hathaway and Daniel Cabena, and host Sarah Mian. This licensed event at Cafe Lara will fill up fast, so snag your ticket now!
Amanda Parris is an award winning writer, producer and tv/radio host. Her play Other Side of the Game was awarded the 2019 Governor General Literary Award for Drama. Her latest theatrical work The Death News won the 2022 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Web Program or Series. Amanda is also the creator, executive producer and showrunner of the critically acclaimed digital series Revenge of the Black Best Friend which launched on CBC Gem in 2022. The series was an official selection at the Canneseries Festival where it made its international premiere. She'll be in conversation with Juanita Peters, in an event presented with the help of Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Then, three short story writers take the stage: Alexander MacLeod's new book of stories is called Animal Person. Elaine McCluskey's new volume is called Rafael Has Pretty Eyes. They'll join festival co-founder and writer Ryan Turner in conversation. Both events happen in the McInnes Room. You can access both with one ticket.
Writing maybe a lot of hard work but it isn’t magic. This workshop looks at the basic building blocks of stories and examines how putting them together can take you from idea to first draft. Element breakdowns include; three-act story structure, desire-based plots, setting the setting and creating believable characters. Like returning home from the grocery store, you’ll have everything you need to get your story cooking!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 9:30 AM — 11:30 AM WRITERS' FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
In this workshop, we will discuss character, setting, point of view, imagery, and sensual detail by employing these elements of prose to create flash fiction ghost stories. We'll look at what it means to be haunted, how everything we try to bury or repress — our deepest fears, griefs, anxieties, desires — can crack through the hardened surface of our past. We'll unearth the contemporary injustices and social decay that sift through our domestic walls and coporate fortresses, in very iffy, uncanny, eerie, semi-corporeal forms, but forms fleshy enough to make the hairs stand up on our arms and send shivers all over.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 9:30 AM — 11:00 AM HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
Calling all kids: Join us at Halifax Central Library on Saturday, October 1 for readings with beloved authors Lawrence Hill (Beatrice and Croc Harry, ages 9-13), Brianna Corr Scott (Wildflower, ages 0-4), and Lauren Soloy (When Emily Was Small, ages 4-8). This free programming is open to all. Woozles will be on hand with books for sale. Lawrence Hill will host a reading for youth ages 9-13 from 9:30 AM — 10:15 AM in the BMO Community Room. Briana Corr Scott will host a reading for children ages 0-3 from 9:30 AM — 10:15 AM in Room 301. Lauren Soloy will host a reading for children ages 4-8 from 10:15 AM — 11:00 AM in Room 301.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM BMO COMMUNITY ROOM, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
In this workshop open to youth aged 10-14, we’ll explore the elements of storytelling with a focus on the “So What?” – why does what happens in the story matter to your characters, and to your readers? Learn about point of view, character development, building tension, raising the stakes… and come prepared to experiment as we go!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM ROOM 301, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
This free workshop is geared toward adults who are writing for young readers. Join award-winning, best-selling author Lawrence Hill as he shares ways to bring characters and stories to life. This is a free workshop with limited seats, so registration is required. This workshop will be held in Room 301 at Halifax Central Library.
What does it mean to make a poem? This 90-minute online workshop explores the idea of making poetry and what happens when written text becomes an image. This workshop will merge the writing studio and art studio into a blurred space where hand writing and graphic design combine to visually represent meaningful, emotional content.
Guided by writer and teacher Chantal Gibson, participants will practice graphic writing exercises inspired by examples from in her books How She Read and with/holding. With pen, markers, pencils and paper, participants will transform text into images to create unique graphic translations.
For this online workshop, participants should bring blank paper and pencils, pens, crayons and markers of different colours and thicknesses. No formal writing or drawing experience is required.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM WRITERS' FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
Printed words are static on the page, yet poets — enamoured by the metamorphic properties of life — are always trying to find ways to get their work to embody changefulness. In this workshop we’ll look at some examples of words that change, and try our hand at creating linguistic structures that both describe and embody transformation.