Stratford Writers Festival | Literary Events Where Readers and Writers Meet 2018-07-24T09:47:17+00:00

STRATFORD WRITERS FESTIVAL

APPETITE FOR WORDS

LITERARY LUNCHES

SONGWRITERS CIRCLES

WRITING RETREATS & WORKSHOPS

                    In addition to Soldiers and Secrets on Oct 14 and school programs throughout the week, here is the current schedule for the festival’s final weekend.

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Promote Your Book: Create Your Own Bookmark Workshop
10:00 - 12:00
This hands-on workshop makes use of the library's brand new Makerspace, where participants will design and print their very own promotional bookmarks.

Publicity can be a challenge for writers, especially when creating publicity materials. This hands-on workshop makes use of the library's brand new Makerspace, where participants will design and print their very own promotional bookmarks. Come with your book cover, logo, or artwork, and you'll walk away with 50 bookmarks to use as a giveaway at your next book event! Buy Tickets

Self Publishing for Children’s Books
12:00 - 13:30

If you are an indie author who is struggling to prepare your children’s book for publishing on sites like Ingram Spark, Amazon, Smash Words, CreateSpace, etc., then this is the workshop for you! Getting illustrations right the first time is a challenge and Chrissy Hobbs, owner and lead formatter at Indie Publishing Group, will offer many tips during this workshop. She’ll cover topics such as trim size, fonts to use, eBook options for fixed and reflowable, types of Illustrations and children’s books. You must have a ticket for this free event. Buy Tickets

Create Your Own Book Workshop
14:00 - 16:00
The library is more than just a place for sharing great literature; it is also where you can create it!

The library is more than just a place for sharing great literature; it is also where you can create it! As part of the Stratford Writers Festival, librarian Stephanie Park will lead a workshop on how to use the Stratford Public Library’s new and free online tools: PressBooks and Self-E. Join us for this free and informative event! Buy Tickets

Farm to Table Book Launch
19:00 - 21:00
Celebrate the start of a new school year and a NEW Stratford Chefs School cookbook, Farm to Table!

Meet the students and faculty, learn about exciting upcoming events and dinner series, and explore Stratford Chefs School's outstanding facilities. An opportunity to meet and mingle in a casual and festive atmosphere. Complimentary canapés. Wine and beer will be available. In honour of the Stratford Chefs School's 35th anniversary, this year's Season Opener launches Farm to Table, a cookbook that pairs 25 Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs with their favourite food producers and farmers for a culinary adventure through Perth and Huron Counties. This stunning book not only features recipes from some of the region's most celebrated graduates of the Stratford Chefs School, but also includes fascinating interviews with the chefs conducted by CBC food columnist Andrew Coppolino and striking imagery provided by photographer and SCS alumna Terry Manzo. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP as space is limited: Buy Tickets

Songwriters Circle
20:00 - 22:00
Songwriters Circle

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Promote Your Book: Create Your Own Bookmark Workshop
10:00 - 12:00
This hands-on workshop makes use of the library's brand new Makerspace, where participants will design and print their very own promotional bookmarks.

Publicity can be a challenge for writers, especially when creating publicity materials. This hands-on workshop makes use of the library's brand new Makerspace, where participants will design and print their very own promotional bookmarks. Come with your book cover, logo, or artwork, and you'll walk away with 50 bookmarks to use as a giveaway at your next book event! Buy Tickets

Rotary Short Story Contest Winners
13:00 - 14:30

The Stratford Writers Festival has partnered with the Rotary Club of Stratford to support emerging writers, indie authors, and literacy in an annual Short Story Contest. Now, the results are in! Join us at this FREE Stratford Writers Festival event to announce the winners and celebrate all participants. The Rotary Club of Stratford will present cash prizes to the winners, followed by photos and refreshments. Come by to celebrate with the writers and get a first look at up-and-coming Canadian literary talent! Buy Tickets

Through Her Eyes: Contemporary Women's Writing Panel

In today's society, women are under more pressure than ever to meet certain expectations. While they take very different approaches, three books being featured at this year's Stratford Writers Festival examine the ways women see themselves and are seen by others. In Emily Anglin’s darkly humorous collection of stories, characters refashion themselves to fit a new competitive milieu. Andrea Bain's nonfiction Single Girl Problems details how modern single women continue to be perceived as problematic and attempts to change that narrative. And Sarah Selecky's debut novel Radiant Shimmering Light looks at female friendship, the face we show the world online, and letting your own light shine. Buy Tickets

Exclusive Book Club Event with Sarah Selecky
17:00 - 19:00
Share a bottle of wine along with a platter of apps such as olives, bread, cheese, and charcuterie with your book club members during an intimate author experience.

Book club members, you have an exclusive opportunity to meet author Sarah Selecky and listen to the stories behind her writing. Participants will sit together with other book club members and enjoy the discussion over a bottle of wine along with a platter of apps such as olives, bread, cheese, and charcuterie. There will also be lots of doors prizes and swag to be won! Buy Tickets

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Writing Workshop with Sarah Selecky
09:00 - 12:00
Sarah Selecky teaches creative writing in a way that is simple, radical, and transformative, and allows writers to develop the capacity for deep concentration. To write using these methods means to quiet the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills everyday life. In this three hour writing practice workshop, participants will learn how to find this state of calm centeredness, and experience how it is an aid to exploration of story. The writing done in this workshop will be practical and generative, and it will help writers develop a compassionate approach to their writing practice. Writers should come prepared to experience moments of insight and a renewed commitment to their relationship to writing.

Sarah Selecky teaches creative writing in a way that is simple, radical, and transformative, and allows writers to develop the capacity for deep concentration. To write using these methods means to quiet the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills everyday life. In this three hour writing practice workshop, participants will learn how to find this state of calm centeredness, and experience how it is an aid to exploration of story. The writing done in this workshop will be practical and generative, and it will help writers develop a compassionate approach to their writing practice. Writers should come prepared to experience moments of insight and a renewed commitment to their relationship to writing. Sarah earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her writing has appeared in top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Anthology. Buy Tickets Sarah is the author of This Cake Is for the Party, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, as well as the novel Radiant Shimmering Light. She is also the creator of internationally-acclaimed creative writing school (and MFA alternative) Sarah Selecky Writing School, which includes collaborations with Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Karen Joy Fowler, and other authors.

Journey Through Time: Canadian Historical Fiction Panel

Have you ever wondered what Canada was like in years gone by? Join us as we take a trip back in time at the Stratford Writers Festival! Lynne Golding writes about Brampton, Ontario, in the early 1900s in The Innocent, while Joanna Goodman focuses on 1950s Quebec in The Home for Unwanted Girls. Both of these authors base their novels in fact, and seek to guide their readers through a familiar Canadian place, albeit in a historical setting with which many readers may not be familiar. Join them as they discuss their approaches—Lynne spent years interviewing her great aunt in order to do her story justice, while Joanna's tale is based on her mother's experiences—and styles in this uniquely Canadian historical fiction panel discussion. Buy Tickets

A Poetic Journey with Najwa Zebian
14:30 - 16:00

Young people can change the world. Instagram poet and inspirational speaker and author Najwa Zebian has been referred to as Canada’s next Rupi Kaur. Her poems transcend the screen and page, speaking to young women all over the world with their themes of love, friendship, honesty, and identity. Accompanied by artistic visual representation, Najwa will read from her new book, The Nectar of Pain, speak about the thematic flow of her poems, and discuss how redefining the poetry scene makes it relevant to a fresh generation of new, discerning readers. Buy Tickets

Radically and Ingeniously Different: Governor General Award winner Cherie Dimaline in conversation with Candy Palmater

In their entire careers, few authors experience the kind of recognition that Governor General Award-winning author Cherie Dimaline has garnered over the past year for her latest novel, The Marrow Thieves. In an intimate conversation with award-winning comedian and broadcaster Candy Palmater, Dimaline will discuss a variety of subjects including the present-day universal resonance of her Indigenous dystopian YA novel, the responsibilities and opportunities one faces when writing for young people, and what it’s like to suddenly have so much success—after over a decade as a published author. Buy Tickets

Exciting Event to be Announced Soon
19:30 - 22:00

Monday, October 22, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
School Programs
09:00 - 13:00

The school program is one of the most meaningful components of our festival as it encourages the next generation of readers and writers. Each year Stratford Writers Festival introduce young readers and writers to Canadian authors. We host school group events in Stratford and bring writers directly to classrooms in both Perth and Huron county. We also partner with the Rotary Club of Stratford to sponsor the annual short story contest for teens. Please contact us to reserve a spot and more information on the programs offered.

Laughter and Darkness: An Afternoon with Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson is coming to Stratford! One of Canada’s most distinguished Indigenous authors, Robinson is known for writing incredibly dark and violent books that are also funny. It’s also well established that she has “the best laugh in the business” (Globe and Mail). Join the winner of the 2017 Writers’ Trust of Canada Fellowship as she reads from her latest book, Trickster Drift, the second book in the trilogy that started with Giller Prize-shortlisted Son of a Trickster, and speaks about her life and career. Buy Tickets

Sunday, October 21, 2018

At the Stratford Writers Festival, we believe that #StoriesMatter

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Songwriters Circle

This Concert-in-the-Round features performances by Ron Sexsmith, Dayna Manning, Emm Gryner and Jason Barry.

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Jen Agg at Appetite for Words

Renowned restaurateur Jen Agg, joined us at Appetite for Words in Stratford launching her debut memoir entitled I Hear She’s a Real Bitch.

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