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September 2019

Identity Through Poetry: Who is Bruce Kauffman Screening

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Screening Room Kingston, 120 Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L5M6 Canada
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Who Is Bruce Kauffman? is an anthology film that explores and celebrates Kingston’s vibrant literary and spoken-word community through the eyes of a poet impresario who manages to be both ubiquitous and elusive. This is a thoughtful ode to a life devoted to the fusion of poetry and community, and an invitation for us to bridge the two. Join Kingston’s Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux, and special guest Bruce Kauffman for a special screening and talk-back. Co-presentation of Kingston WritersFest and…

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Voaden Prize Reading

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bellevue Room, Holiday Inn, 2 Princess St
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2 Canada
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Kingston WritersFest and the Dan School of Drama and Music proudly present a staged reading of Damian Tarnopolsky's The Defence, the winning play of the 2019 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. Join us for an exclusive first look at the winning play at Kingston WritersFest. Previous Voaden Prize winners include Jordan Tannahill for Late Company and Norman Yeung for Theory. This year’s best play, announced at KWF’s July launch, receives a prize of $15,000. Co-presentation of KWF and Dan School of Drama & Music…

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Visual Storytelling

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sir John A. Macdonald Room, Holiday Inn, Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess St
Kingston, Ontario K7L1A2 Canada
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Images have the power of saying a lot with a little. In this class, educator, entrepreneur, and creative Claire Bouvier shows you the importance of light and darkness when telling a story and how to use different perspectives to emotionally connect with your audience. After a brief outdoor photography expedition, an exploratory opportunity to take photographs as part of the class, Claire brings you back inside and guides you through the creation of complimentary text to enrich your visuals. Limited enrolment. Sir John…

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And the Journey Continues

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden, Holiday Inn, 2 Princess St
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2 Canada
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A hit every year! Come celebrate emerging local talent with a set of energizing, provocative, and powerful spoken-word performances. Headlined by Kingston’s own verbal powerhouse Allison Chisholm and Toronto spoken-word poet Abena Beloved Green, this event promises to make you see the world in a different way – maybe more than once! Follow the signs or ask for directions to the Garden at the Holiday Inn, and remember to bring a lawn chair to this outdoor event! A co-presentation of…

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FESTIVAL TICKET INFO + PRICES 2019

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View and download the digital Program Guide or Schedule-at-a-Glance!

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Grand Theatre Box Office online (click the ‘Buy Now’ ticket icon), in person at 218 Princess Street, or by phone (613-530-2050) until 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Ticket prices are listed as Pre-Festival (purchased by 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24), and Festival (all tickets purchased once the Festival has begun):

Regular Onstage 
General Admission $20 Adv/$22 Fest; Senior $18 Pre/$20 Fest

Festival Field Trip
General Admission $20 Adv/$22 Fest; Senior $18 Pre/$20 Fest; Student $5 Pre/ $8 Fest

Writers Retreat Classes General Admission $35 Pre/$40 Fest; Senior $32 Pre/$38 Fest

Robertson Davies Dinner, Book Lovers’ Lunch and The Long Table General Admission $45; Senior $40

Literary Pub (S)crawl General Admission $40 (includes 3 beverages; $27 (event only)

BUY 5 and SAVE – available for regular events OR Writers Retreat classes! Add EITHER 5 regular onstage OR 5 Writers Retreat tickets to your cart, change the price point to 5 AND SAVE and the discount will automatically be applied.

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

FEES: All ticket prices include HST. Please be advised that the Grand Theatre Box Office will add a handling fee of $3.80/ticket.

TICKET PICK-UP: Any tickets that are not picked up at the Grand Theatre before 12 pm on Wednesday, September 25th will be brought to the onsite box office at the Holiday Inn. You may pick up your tickets at the Holiday Inn at any time during onsite box office hours (30 minutes before the first onsite event of the day til 15 minutes after the last event of the day).

During the festival, tickets are ONLY available onsite from the Festival Box Office on the main floor of the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.

EXCHANGES and REFUNDS: We do not offer exchanges or refunds on tickets (except when an event is cancelled), so please plan before you buy. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of KWF staff.

PHOTOGRAPHS: No flash photography, video recorders or tape recorders, please.