Because of You Book Launch – Newfie Style

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Show Description When a Newfoundlander launches her book, it has to be done in the warm Newfie style! Join Terri-Lynn Penney as she launches her debut memoir – Because of You, featuring stories and a playlist of memories. Come on b’y drink a Newfie screech cocktail with Terri-Lynn as she shares a yarn, a few laughs, and maybe some tears at Revival House, ya know dat little bar on da corner over yonder.

$30

Book Proposal and Query Letter Workshop with John Goddard

Stratford Public Library 19 St. Andrew Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Getting published starts with a winning query letter and book proposal. This two-hour intensive workshop, run by non-fiction author John Goddard, will cover the essential components of both.

$40

Discover Murdoch Mysteries in a True Crime Story

Stratford Public Library 19 St. Andrew Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Dive deep into a murder case solved by the detective who inspired the creation of Murdoch Mysteries with true crime novelist John Goddard, author of The Man with the Black Valise. The Perth County murder of thirteen-year-old Jessie Keith happened exactly 125 years ago this weekend. Goddard brings his novel to life in the style of a true crime podcast, and features photos, a video, and a Q & A session.

$25

Short Story Contest Celebration

Stratford Public Library 19 St. Andrew Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

The results for the Rotary Club Short Story Contest are in. Join a community of writers and author John Goddard who will do us the honour of announcing the winners and distributing cash prizes. This event is FREE and open to all writers.

FREE

Wine and Food Book Social with Becky Blake

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Book-lovers, this is the swankiest book club session of the year. The Stratford Writers Festival has combined all the things you love – Wine, Food, and Books – into one memorable evening. Clink a glass of wine and relish some hors d'oeuvres with your friends, book lovers, and author Becky Blake! You are invited for an exclusive book club session where you can join Becky to discuss her writing while the best of wine and appetizers are served.

$45

Literary Brunch for Caregivers to Benefit Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

More than 8 million Canadians are currently caregivers. This role is about maintaining a delicate balance between time and resources while taking care of a loved one and practicing self-care. Whether you're a caregiver or a care recipient, this brunch and an insightful conversation with Lise Leblanc, author of the Conscious Caregiving Guide, is for you.

$45

Creating Memorable Characters Workshop

Stratford Public Library 19 St. Andrew Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

What makes a character leap off the page and into a reader’s imagination? In this interactive workshop, novelist Becky Blake will discuss methods for creating believable and distinctive characters that really connect with readers.

$40

Infinite Sequels: Bringing Poetry to Life

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

How does one bring poetry to life? Find out this October at the glorious Revival House in Stratford where poet David Stones will be performing Infinite Sequels, a one-man-show named after his poetry book of the same title. With the accompaniment of live violin and a rich musical soundtrack, David as The Poet will lead you through a life of love, ecstasy, longing, joy, sorrow and forgiveness……that is, the life of every person in the audience. The performance, lauded as a “brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre” by London Free Press, will be followed by a Q&A.

$30

Appetite For Words, 2019

The Appetite for Words Festival is a collaboration between the Stratford Writers Festival and the Stratford Chefs School and features authors who have written about food, and fiction writers who allow food to become a strong component of scenes and/or the characters in their novels. The best part is, chefs prepare menus inspired by featured books so you can taste the words you’re reading. Save the date - we'll start making announcements in the New Year!!

Sustainable Farm to Table: A Literary Dinner

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Why is sustainable food important? Savour a 3-course meal with wine pairings while enjoying an insightful conversation about the importance of local

$75

Farm to Table: A Literary Dinner with Andrew Coppolino

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Join Andrew Coppolino, author of Farm To Table, at this unique and intimate dinner experience. Andrew met one-on-one with Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs and producers while writing Farm To Table and will be joined by chef Eli Silverthorne and producer Erin McIntosh from McIntosh Farms to share stories and insights from the book that was named one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year from Canadian Food Bloggers. Attendees will not only have the chance to listen to this unique conversation and enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings inspired by Andrew's book, but they will also have the opportunity to ask Andrew questions and pick up— and have signed—a copy of Farm To Table.

$75

A Literary Brunch with Mary Berg

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Join Mary Berg, MasterChef Canada winner, star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, and author of Kitchen Party as she shares her insider tips for stress-free cooking. Whether it's the planning, shopping, cooking, or clean up, during this afternoon brunch, you'll learn how to banish anxiety about preparing food. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Mary, a copy of the $32 Kitchen Party book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, a brunch inspired by some of Mary's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing after the meal!

$65

A Literary Cafe with Mary Berg

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

During this two-hour event, Mary Berg, MasterChef Canada winner, star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, and author of Kitchen Party will share her insider tips for stress-free cooking. Whether it's the planning, shopping, cooking, or clean up, during this afternoon cafe, you'll learn how to banish anxiety about preparing food. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Mary, a copy of the $32 Kitchen Party book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, desserts inspired by some of Mary's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing!

$65

Stratford Writers Festival, 2020

Readers and writers come together at the Stratford Writers Festival to experience stories – and meet the authors – through intimate and interactive events which can only be held in Canada’s Premiere Arts Town of Stratford, Ontario. We're featuring events throughout the year so sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on social media for updates and event announcements!!

Stratford For All Seasons Book Launch

Red Lion 23 Albert St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

You are invited to the launch of the first two of the Stratford For All Seasons series of books written by Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, The Cooking Ladies. Stratford For All Seasons: Theatre & Arts describes the immensity and diversity of the theatre and arts scene in Stratford that will make you say, "Wow." Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises is loaded with magical and little-known stories about the city, about the things you can do, see, and discover in Stratford that will make you say, "Really?" This is a casual drop-in event that includes an autographed copy of the $20 Stratford For All Seasons: Theatre & Arts book.

$20

Moments of Glad Grace Book Launch & Storytelling performance

The Common 80 Wellington St, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

When Alison Wearing tells a story, it's gripping! Join her as she launches her latest book Moments of Glad Grace, a moving and witty memoir of aging, familial love, and the hunt for roots and belonging. This storytelling event with live music is one of the highlights of our spring lineup! Her storytelling performance (adapted from the book by Jennifer Paquette) will be followed by a reception with a book signing, snacks and cash bar. For anyone who knows Alison, a dance party might follow! This event has limited seating so pick up your tickets early!

$30 – $45

Stratford For All Seasons Discovery Walking Tour I

Front Steps of City Hall 1 Wellington St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Experience an insider's take on Stratford based on the new Stratford For All Seasons series launching in April. The one-hour tours are arranged in small groups to a maximum of 8 people to allow for interaction and questions. Led by Stratford native and tourism specialist, Cathy Rehberg, her enthusiasm and love of Stratford is in every story she tells. Following the tour, participants have a chance to meet the authors and receive a complimentary, autographed copy of the $20 Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises book. This event will run rain or shine so dress accordingly.

$25

Stratford For All Seasons Discovery Walking Tour II

Front Steps of City Hall 1 Wellington St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Experience an insider's take on Stratford based on the new Stratford For All Seasons series launching in April. The one-hour tours are arranged in small groups to a maximum of 8 people to allow for interaction and questions. Led by Stratford native and tourism specialist, Cathy Rehberg, her enthusiasm and love of Stratford is in every story she tells. Following the tour, participants have a chance to meet the authors and receive a complimentary, autographed copy of the $20 Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises book. This event will run rain or shine so dress accordingly.

$25

Appetite For Words, 2020

The Appetite for Words Festival is a collaboration between the Stratford Writers Festival and the Stratford Chefs School and features authors who have written about food, and fiction writers who allow food to become a strong component of scenes and/or the characters in their novels. The best part is, chefs prepare menus inspired by featured books so you can taste the words you’re reading. We're featuring events throughout the year so sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on social media for updates and event announcements!!

Mother’s Day Brunch with Mary Berg and her mom Myra

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Did Mom teach you everything you know in the culinary department? A Mother's Day brunch with Mary Berg and her mom, Myra Berg, couldn't be more fitting. Host of Mary's Kitchen Crush and author of Kitchen Party, Mary Berg will demonstrate and teach her mom how to cook a recipe from her book. Then join Mary and Myra for a kitchen party as they sit down to eat and chat. Find out funny stories about Mary as a kid directly from Myra, and hear from both Mary and Myra about their special mother-daughter relationship.

$100

Stratford For All Seasons Discovery Walking Tour III

Front Steps of City Hall 1 Wellington St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Experience an insider's take on Stratford, based on the new Stratford For All Seasons series launching in April. The one-hour tours are arranged in small groups to a maximum of 8 people to allow for interaction and questions. Led by Stratford native and tourism specialist, Cathy Rehberg, her enthusiasm and love of Stratford is in every story she tells. Following the tour, participants have a chance to meet the authors and receive a complimentary, autographed copy of the $20 Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises book. This event will run rain or shine so dress accordingly.

Stratford For All Seasons Discovery Walking Tour IV

Front Steps of City Hall 1 Wellington St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Experience an insider's take on Stratford, based on the new Stratford For All Seasons series launching in April. The one-hour tours are arranged in small groups to a maximum of 8 people to allow for interaction and questions. Led by Stratford native and tourism specialist, Cathy Rehberg, her enthusiasm and love of Stratford is in every story she tells. Following the tour, participants have a chance to meet the authors and receive a complimentary, autographed copy of the $20 Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises book. This event will run rain or shine so dress accordingly.

Remembering Timothy Findley: Sherrill Grace in conversation with Kel Pero

Virtual

Please join us for a conversation between Sherrill Grace and Kel Pero to remember Timothy Findley and his importance to Canadian literature, Grace’s fieldwork and archival research that shaped her writing, and a discussion of the issues that were important to Findley that remain relevant to this day. Presented by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the Stratford Writers’ Festival.

FREE

The Forest Of My Mind Musical Literary Brunch with award-winning poet Heidi Sander and renowned pianist David Eliakis

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

An inspirational and thought-provoking performance by award-winning poet Heidi Sander as she fuses music and poetry to launch her poetry collection, The Forest Of My Mind. Joined by renowned pianist David Eliakis who has arranged music to each of her poems, they will be performing these pieces followed by a Q&A and author signing. This storytelling event with live music is one of the highlights of our fall lineup! This event has limited seating so pick up your tickets early!

$55

WORDSONG : Three Poets set to Music

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

As Leonard Cohen reminds us, the line between the song and the word, is a thin one and most beautiful.  Join three celebrated and award-winning poets, George Elliott Clarke, Heidi Sander and David Stones in this unique celebration of their poetry, both spoken and transformed into song through a unique cast of illustrious musical performers.

$45

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