September 24-28, 2014  |  Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

Readings, conversations, performances!

Kingston WritersFest offers events aimed to delight, surprise, and engage readers of every age and taste.

Hear authors read from their work and discuss the ideas that shape our world, warm our hearts, and stir our imaginations. Join the conversation, too, during the time set aside for questions from the audience. Later, chat with authors as they sign books following their onstage appearance. Or learn points of writer’s craft and the business of writing from the experts–accomplished writers and book business professionals.

A concise listing of all events is below. Click the event name for a full description. Click the author name to read about the writers and their books. The events will appear as pop-ups. If the pop-up does not appear, please check that pop-ups are enabled in your browser.

Each event has a direct link to the Grand Theatre Box Office. Tickets are now on sale.

Start planning your fall WritersFest weekend now!

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bowler hat icon 8:00 – 9:30 pm 1. International Marquee · Wally Lamb with Michael Enright ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!


blank icon 9:30 – 10:30 am 2. Dangerous Acts
Maggie de Vries, Deborah Ellis, Nancy Lee SOLD OUT
blank icon 9:30 – 10:30 am 3. Sustainable Future (Planet Earth)
Chris Turner
blank icon 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 4. Status Updates or What Should I Do With My Life? (The Digital World)
Guillaume Morissette, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang SOLD OUT
blank icon 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 5. The Future of Food: Urban Agriculture (Planet Earth)
Jennifer Cockrall-King
pen icon 11:00 am – 12:15 pm 6. Write Who You Are
Maggie de Vries SOLD OUT
pen icon 12:30 – 1:45 pm 7. Shooting the Photo Essay
Geoffrey James SOLD OUT
blank icon 1:00 – 2:00 pm 8. Extreme Mean: Cyberabuse (The Digital World)
Paula Todd
blank icon 1:00 – 2:00 pm 9. Author! Author!
Eleanor Catton with Charles Foran SOLD OUT
pen icon 2:30 – 4:30 pm 10. Writing the Internet Novel (The Digital World)
Kate Pullinger
blank icon 3:00 – 4:30 pm 11. Caged Pens (Memories of Kingston Pen)
Wally Lamb, Susan Musgrave, Stephen Reid with Eric Friesen ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
pen icon 5:00 – 7:00 pm 12. Writing a More-Than-Human World
Trevor Herriot
blank icon 6:30 – 7:30 pm 13. Memories of Kingston Pen (Memories of Kingston Pen)
Geoffrey James, Stephen Reid ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
food icon 8:30 – 10:30 pm 14. The Perfect Brew
Ian Coutts
blank icon 8:00 – 9:30 pm 15. Canada Made Me (Canada Made Me)
Eleanor Catton, Nancy Lee, Kate Pullinger with Jared Bland ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
pen icon 7:30 – 9:30 pm 16. Writing Historical Fiction: A Guided Hallucination
Roberta Rich


blank 9:00 – 10:00 am 17. Organized Corruption: The World of Ava Lee
Ian Hamilton
pen icon 9:00 – 11:00 am 18. Writing Without Borders
Susan Musgrave SOLD OUT
blank icon 10:30 – 11:30 am 19. Birthing the Past
Roberta Rich
food icon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 20. Book Lovers’ Lunch
Ben McNally SOLD OUT Ben McNally’s Book List 2014
pen 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 21. Grant Writing 101
Jack Illingworth
blank 1:00 – 2:00 pm 22. Posts on the Wall of Life (The Digital World)
Charles Foran, Kate Pullinger
blank 1:30 – 2:30 pm 23. Business in an Age of Radical Change
Chris Turner
pen icon 2:00 – 4:00 pm 24. Writing the First Page
Kim Moritsugu SOLD OUT
blank 2:30 – 3:30 pm 25. Heroines: Women in Verse (The Heroic Redefined)
Susan Musgrave, Sandy Pool ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
blank 4:00 – 5:00 pm 26. A Singular Occurrence: Gothic Fiction
Eric McCormack with Alberto Manguel ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
pen 4:30 – 6:30 pm 27. Book Marketing Strategies
Adria Iwasutiak
food icon 5:30 – 7:00 pm 28. Kingston Dinner Club
Kim Moritsugu SOLD OUT
pen 7:00 – 9:00 pm 29. Writing Culinary Delight
Kim Thúy
blank 7:30 – 9:00 pm 30. The Wild Within & Without (Planet Earth)
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Trevor Herriot, James Raffan


blank icon 9:00 – 10:00 am 31.Memoir: Families, Then and Now
Plum Johnson, Lynn Thomson
pen icon 9:00 – 11:00 am 32. What an Agent Wants
Samantha Haywood SOLD OUT
blank icon 10:30 – 11:30 am 33. Kim Thúy: en français (Canada Made Me)
Kim Thúy
pen icon 11:30 am – 1:30 pm am 34. Write Vivid Description
Shani Mootoo SOLD OUT
blank icon 12:00 – 1:30 pm 35. From War to War (Canada: War, Peace, and Politics)
Ted Barris, Frances Itani, Leo Brent Robillard
sprong iconbowler hat icon 1:00 – 1:45 pm 36. Chasing Shadows: Paper Theatre (Kids on Saturday)
Elly MacKay
blank icon 1:30 – 2:30 pm 37. The Things We Leave Behind
Aislinn Hunter with Merilyn Simonds
pen icon 2:00 – 4:00 pm 38. Writing Living Memory
blank icon 3:00 – 4:00 pm 39. Tiny Windows: The View from the Short Story
Kathy Page, Adam Wilson with Frances Itani
sprong iconbowler hat icon 3:00 – 4:00 pm 40. The Rules of Survival (Kids on Saturday)
Eric Walters
blank icon 4:30 – 5:30 pm 41. Identity: Either/Or/Neither (Canada Made Me)
Cecil Foster, Shani Mootoo with Wayne Grady
pen icon 4:30 – 6:30 pm 42. How to Write a Killer Book Proposal
Merilyn Simonds SOLD OUT
blank icon 7:00 – 8:30 pm 43. The Big Idea: The State of the Nation (Canada: War, Peace, and Politics)
Michael MacMillan, Brent Rathgeber, Chris Turner with Carol Off ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
pen icon 7:00 – 9:00 pm 44. Writing to Change the World: The Power of Poetics (The Heroic Redefined)
Brad Cran SOLD OUT
bowler hat icon 7:00 – 8:00 pm 45. Book Launch–By the Book: Stories and Pictures
Diane Schoemperlen
blank icon 9:00 – 11:00 pm 46. Saturday Night SpeakEasy
Julie Brown & Friends SOLD OUT


blank icon 9:00 – 10:00 am 47. The Voice of the Child
Melanie Dugan, Tamai Kobayashi, with Heather O’Neill ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
pen icon 9:00 – 11:00 am 48. Oration: How to Perform Your Poems in Public
Jeramy Dodds
blank icon 10:00 – 11:00 am 49. The Helping Impulse
Brad Cran, Eric Walters, with Lawrence Scanlan
blank icon 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 50. Smoke and Mirrors
Stephen Galloway with Brett Christopher ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
pen icon 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 51. Writing Dynamic Dialogue
Kathy Page SOLD OUT
blank icon 1:00 – 2:00 pm 52. Heroic Poetry (The Heroic Redefined)
Wayne Clifford, Jeramy Dodds
pen icon 2:00 – 3:30 pm 53. Core Sample: Installation Art and the Written Word
Martha Baillie
blank icon 2:30 – 3:30 pm 54. Sisters and Brothers
Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
blank icon 4:00 – 5:00 pm 55. Inuk on Ice: Jordin Tootoo (The Heroic Redefined)
Stephen Brunt with Steven Heighton
pen icon 4:00 – 5:30 pm 56. Writing the Female Hero (The Heroic Redefined)
Lesley Livingston SOLD OUT
blank icon 7:00 – 8:00 pm 57. The Robertson Davies Lecture
Wayson Choy


blank icon 7:30 – 9:30 pm Tall Tales from the East Coast
Michael Crummey, Michael Winter, with Mark Sinnett



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