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1. Selling Your Story: Agent’s Pitch Assessment

Zoom Webinar

Hoping to land an agent for your brilliant work-in-progress or finished manuscript? Book your 10-minute time slot now for a chance to pitch your pet project to agent Stephanie Winter, […]

2. An Evening with Helen Humphreys

Zoom Webinar

Award-winning writer and former poet laureate of Kingston, Helen Humphreys brings us her newest grand and beautiful experiment in fiction: Rabbit Foot Bill. Set in a small prairie town, and […]

3. Our Canadian Values: Can They Heal the World?

Zoom Webinar

John Stackhouse, author, journalist, and senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Policy, argues that Canada’s voice is in danger of being lost in the noise as […]

4. Elevator Pitch: “Mega Drop” Fiction

Zoom Webinar

With his signature tantalizing plot and gut-churning tension, Linwood Barclay offers Elevator Pitch, a best-selling novel that provides the thrill of a big drop fairground ride. A Manhattan office tower […]

5. Graphic Description: Memoir of a Moonie

Zoom Webinar

As a young woman at a crossroads, Marianne Boucher was introduced to a group of simple, kind, and loving people. She felt connected right away. However, using subtle brainwashing techniques, […]

Guest Storytime – Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

Zoom Webinar

Join author and illustrator Matthew Forsythe for afternoon storytime, hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library. From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a […]

7. Thriller Writing: Finding the Perfect Hook

Zoom Webinar

Have you ever purchased a book on the strength of the first sentence or paragraph? That’s the power of a hook. With the right statement or question, you can create […]

8. Reaching for Hope: Transformation of a World in Peril

Zoom Webinar

Can humanity pull itself back from the abyss of extinction? In Commanding Hope, Thomas Homer-Dixon, analytical philosopher and author of bestsellers The Ingenuity Gap, and The Upside of Down, offers […]

9. Writing Outside the Box

Zoom Webinar

Molson Award-winning experimental fiction writer Diane Schoemperlen shares her “box of tricks”, offering techniques for opening yourself to experimentation with literary form by using the page in unique ways, re-imagining […]

10. Writing the Real

Zoom Webinar

Award-winning author Joan Thomas investigates the literary sweet spot where imagination and actuality meet and cross-pollinate. As a class, you will look at the approaches of various novelists who treat […]

11. Poetry for Where We Find Ourselves

Zoom Webinar

“What a place we find ourselves in now. What a mad and dangerous universe of possibility.” (Matt Suddain, The Theatre of the Gods) Poets Gwen Benaway, Canisia Lubrin, and Sadiqa […]

12. Diner Cuisine: Tradition and Taste from the Catskills

Zoom Webinar

Diner food is comfort food, and the Phoenicia Diner celebrates the regional produce and food traditions of the idyllic Catskills mountains region. American author Sara Franklin has made a study […]

13. RDL: Black Lives Matter

Zoom Webinar

Black Lives Matter is currently at the forefront of the news cycle, with worldwide protests and shocking stories revealed almost daily of incidents of systemic racism. In recounting a year […]

14. The Importance of Oral Histories in Reframing History

Zoom Webinar

How does oral history align with, or contradict, received history? Join oral history scholar Sara Franklin as she talks with Kingston writer Laura Murray about how oral history might serve […]

15. Oral Storytelling 101

Zoom Webinar

For anyone wishing to capture stories of elderly family members or special groups in the community, this is the perfect starter course. Oral historian Sara Franklin walks participants through the […]

16. What is Certain? Historical / Speculative Fiction

Zoom Webinar

“Certainty is the catalyst that turns attitude into action, bringing beliefs to life and imbuing them with meaning and consequence,” writes Zakary Tormala in the Harvard Business Review. Praised by […]

17. Couple Cold Snap: Fiction

Zoom Webinar

Award-winning author Shani Mootoo said in a NowToronto interview: “I am interested in the fact that no matter how closely you live with someone, you can never really know what […]

18. Author! Author!

Zoom Webinar

Five Christian missionaries are killed, leaving young wives and children alone in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Governor-General’s award-winning fiction author Joan Thomas asks what combination of faith, magical thinking, and naïveté […]

19. The Big Idea

Zoom Webinar

Join Carol Off for a visionary exercise about what the future holds, with statistician Darrell Bricker, economist Jeff Rubin, novelist Catherine Bush, and Tessa McWatt. With unprecedented global upheaval, and […]

20. Writing the Natural World

Zoom Webinar

Novelist, poet, and non-fiction author Helen Humphreys finds the natural world close to her heart these days, but her deep love for the natural world is manifest throughout her writing. […]

21. The Opposite of Identical: Fiction

Zoom Webinar

Annabel Lyon’s mysterious and heartbreaking new novel Consent centres on two pairs of sisters, one of them twins, whose lives become tangled together by tragedy. Saskia and Jenny may look […]

22. Working with Negative Space in Fiction

Zoom Webinar

Award-winning novelist and professor of creative writing at UBC, Annabel Lyon leads this class. Borrowing from other artistic genres, the class looks at how the idea of negative space applies […]

23. In Praise of Paths: Finding Direction in Nature

Zoom Webinar

Perhaps you’re among the many who recently have taken to walking as means of stress relief. Norwegian author Torbjørn Ekelund understands the healing potential of walking paths and trails. With […]

Guest Storytime – Sunny by Celia Krampien

Zoom Webinar

Join debut author and illustrator Celia Krampien for afternoon storytime, hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Sunny is an unforgettable, transcendent story about the true power of optimism. Most people […]

FESTIVAL TICKET INFO + PRICES 2020

All regular onstage events for 2020 are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.

Tickets for Writers Studio master classes can be purchased directly from the website – click the Buy Now button.

Writers Studio Master Classes General Admission $30 – all ages

OFFSEASON EVENTS: View event description carefully for details on price, advance sale cut-offs, and venue.

FEES: All ticket prices include HST.

EXCHANGES and REFUNDS: We do not offer exchanges or refunds on tickets (except when an event is cancelled), so please plan before you buy.