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Writing Outside the Box: Experiments in Form *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

***SOLD OUT*** Molson Award-winning experimental fiction writer Diane Schoemperlen shares techniques for opening yourself to experimentation with literary form by using the page in unique ways, re-imagining the arrangement of text on the page or incorporating visual elements. For the non-adventurous or stuck writer, this is a gentle way to bust out of the rut […]

Visual Literacy: Using Images to Enrich Your Writing *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*SOLD OUT* Award-winning novelist Alan Cumyn guides you through image-based exercises to unlock your creativity while exploring fundamentals of strong, visually rich writing. Whether we write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or memoir, we’ve all heard the advice to “show, not tell.” Using evocative paintings, photographs and texts as jumping-off points, students craft new work paying particular […]

Writing 101 *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*SOLD OUT* In this master class, Lawrence Scanlan – the author or co-author of 24 books (non-fiction, memoir, and young adult fiction) – details what he has learned in his forty-year-long writing life about the fundamentals of good prose. About rhythm and flow, clarity and pacing, the use of imagery and dialogue, how to critique […]

Top 20 Writing Gaffes You Can Catch Yourself *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*SOLD OUT* Susan Scott, the non-fiction editor of The New Quarterly, shines a light on the typical mistakes that writers make, and shows you how to fix them to avoid being panned by social media, the grammar police, or others. Using examples from her work with books and magazines, national contests, retreats, and award-winning collaborations, Susan combines […]

Power of the Pitch: Find Your Story’s Narrative Hooks *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*SOLD OUT* A book pitch is usually a blunt summary and crude sales vehicle, a disposable by-product of the real work. But pitching carries liberating potential to challenge what your story is “about.” In this master class, bestselling author Andrew Pyper gives you a series of exercises to discover your story’s most powerful expression. By […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Dialogue *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*SOLD OUT* We talk all the time, so nothing should be easier than writing dialogue. Yet, most writers find it hard to do convincingly. The ones who can do it are said to have an “ear”. Showing examples from other writers and from his own work, award-winning novelist and screenwriter, David Bezmozgis, invites you to investigate together […]

Identity Through Poetry: Who is Bruce Kauffman Screening

Screening Room Kingston 120 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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 […]

Choosing Your Words *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*SOLD OUT* “Poems, novels, stories are built word by word,” says poet Lorna Crozier. That sounds simple, but what goes into our choosing which word we’ll use? Why “dolor” over “sadness”? “mutt” over “canine”? Lorna examines writers’ choices and then lets you write something, with this passage from Lewis Carroll in mind: “Must a name mean […]

Chop Suey Nation: The Exceptional Fusion of Canada, China, and Food *SOLD OUT*

Silver Wok 373 King Street East, Kingston, On, Canada

***SOLD OUT*** Don’t miss this exceptional lunch event! Globe and Mail national food reporter Ann Hui travelled across Canada for 18 days to report on why every small town has a Chinese restaurant. Her report eventually became Chop Suey Nation, which chronicles not just the history of Chinese-Canadian food (and the invention of dishes like […]

Meaning Schmeaning: Writing as a Journey *85% SOLD*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

In this unpredictable, enjoyable workshop, award-winning poet/fictioneer Stuart Ross encourages you to forget about “meaning” and “intention” and instead approach writing as a journey into a laboratory filled with a mysterious mist, and crazy burbling and popping noises you don’t quite recognize. Stuart leads you through four or five lively and fun poetry and prose […]

Writing Character and Voice *SOLD OUT*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Author Erika Behrisch Elce explains techniques to develop richly-imagined and believable characters. Whether your character is fully fictional, based on an historical figure, or the poetic voice, good groundwork and thoughtful choices give your characters depth. Learn how research can be a great tool that delivers unexpected and surprising details that make characters spring off […]

To Be Here: Writing Place

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Poet Tanis Macdonald explores the questions: what is the action of being here now? How does the past inform the present? where “here” is subject to your own definition, and “history,” is your lived experience of place. Using sample pieces of writing as a model, you write a piece about place to share with the […]

The Long Table

Grandview, Delta Hotel 1 Johnson St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

What happens when you gather people around at a long table for a delicious meal served family-style? Storytelling, of course, and lots of it. And connection. Break bread with professor of nutrition, chef, and food blogger (ameliaeats.com) Amy Symington for a delectable spread of “I-can’t-believe-it’s-veggie” dishes, served at a long table, family style, After the […]

Beyond the First Draft: Polishing Your Work *93% SOLD*

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Award-winning author Rabindranath Maharaj helps you get your work ready for publication, as he takes you through various subjects, including understanding your audience, matching length and style to genre and topic, and checking for continuity of description, timeline, language, and theme. Robin explains the critical refining decisions that lead to a viable final draft, encourages group discussion, and allows thirty […]

And the Journey Continues

Garden, Holiday Inn 2 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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, Toronto spoken-word poet Abena Beloved Green, and Poetry in Voice artist Cyrena Fiel, this event promises to make you see the world in a different way – maybe more […]

Yoga and the Art of Relaxed Writing

St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Author/ yoga teacher Kirsteen MacLeod helps you harness yoga’s power, free up your writing, and feed your creative flame. Gentle yoga poses, suitable for almost everyone, provide a jumping-off point for writing exercises. The body-centred process teaches you to work with less effort, generate new material intuitively, and apply new skills to advance your writing […]

WS11. How to Get Published

Lakeview, Delta Hotel 1 Johnson St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

You’ve written the manuscript, polished your poems, and you’re ready to share it with the world. Now what? Join Kwame Fraser, president of Dundurn Press, as well as several of Dundurn’s star authors, Sifton Anipare, Jowita Bydlowska,  Jerry Fontaine, Don McCaskill and  J.J. Martin, to find out best practices, how to find your niche, and […]

27. The Last Chapter Brunch *SALES CLOSED*

Harbourview Room, Delta Hotel 1 Johnson St, Kingston, Ontatio, Canada

Raise a glass of mimosa (or a cup of coffee) as we celebrate the final event of our 14th annual festival with literary legend David Adams Richards and Wayne Grady. David has followed up his acclaimed Miramichi Trilogy with The Tragedy of Eva Mott - a powerful standalone novel brimming with his signature blend of […]

A KWF Garden Party

The Broom Factory 305 Rideau Street, Kingston, ON, Canada

Join us for a catered garden party fundraiser for our 15th annual festival, featuring hors d'oeuvres and dessert from Pan Chancho, themed hot and cold beverages from Tula Café, and a conversation with Amy Stuart, author of the “deliciously taut, fast-paced thriller” A Death at the Party. Join Amy for a conversation about (im)perfect parties, […]

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