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11. WR Writing Point of View ends at 3:00 pm
36. The Big Idea ends at 8:30 pm
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*Individual tickets to this class are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available through the purchase of a Writers Retreat Package. Editor and author John Metcalf, himself a master stylist, challenges you to stop writing sentences that are soft, polite, and easy, and to learn to write sentences with depth of meaning. Teaching you three or four basic concepts that are simple yet important, John uses sample sentences in various iterations to show how a sentence can evolve from unremarkable to…Find out more »
*Individual tickets to this class are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available through the purchase of a Writers Retreat Package. Choosing to write in the first person or the third can fundamentally change the focus and impact of your piece. In this essential master class, award-winning author Helen Humphreys explores -- with examples and class discussion -- the different perspectives from which a story can be told, and the benefits and limitations of each approach. Come prepared to do in-class…Find out more »
*Individual tickets to this class are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available through the purchase of a Writers Retreat Package. One of the multi-tasking cornerstones of both fiction and creative nonfiction, good dialogue is compelling, complex, and layered. The effective rendering of actual speech on the page so your characters sound like real people talking is frequently much harder than it looks. Award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen gives you exercises designed to demonstrate what dialogue can and cannot do, and together…Find out more »
What makes a character engaging, irresistible, and unforgettable? In this hands-on workshop, best-selling author Sandra Gulland shows you how to apply various tools and techniques to develop fully-imagined, dynamic characters with emotional depth. Learn how to assess what role a character plays, and what a reader might expect of such a person. These practical tools will be of use to writers in the beginning stages of a work-in-progress, as well as those with works already in draft form. Limited enrolment. *Please note…Find out more »
*Individual tickets to this class are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available through the purchase of a Writers Retreat Package. “Poems, novels, stories are built one word after another,” says poet Lorna Crozier. That sounds simple, but what goes into our choosing of which word we’ll use? Why “dolor” over “sadness”? Why “mutt” over “canine”? We’ll look at writers’ choices, from Yeats to Lise Gaston and do some writing of our own while we keep in mind this passage from…Find out more »
*Individual tickets to this class are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available through the purchase of a Writers Retreat Package. “Show, don't tell” is the most often-heard creative-writing cliché, but just how do you do that? Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, working out the right details is part of the scene-creating process. Author Alix Hawley leads an investigation into how to set a scene, sharing examples for class discussion. Together with Alix, you’ll isolate the steps towards building a mood and…Find out more »
How does a story move? Is a detailed outline really necessary? How much do you need to know before you sit down to write? This master class with Giller nominee Elisabeth de Mariaffi covers plot, pacing, and story propulsion. Avoid the dreaded mid-novel slump! Whether you’re at the basic premise stage, or have a complete first draft, this workshop is for you. After ticket purchase, participants should submit a one-page project outline no later than September 21. Please send your outline to email@example.com.…Find out more »
*Individual tickets to this class are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available through the purchase of a Writers Retreat Package. Globe and Mail national columnist Elizabeth Renzetti delivers lessons she learned from the famous writers she’s interviewed over the years. She shares insights and tips about how to write a compelling outline for your book, whether fiction or non-fiction. She shows you how to construct humorous scenes that tickle a reader’s funny bone, and how to identify those details that bring…Find out more »
Katherine Ashenburg (The Mourner’s Dance, Sophie & Cecilia) shows you how a smart use of the past lights up the present, contributes to a sense of place, and gives context to characters in fiction and non-fiction. Using examples from her own and others’ work as well as in-class writing exercises, Katherine shares the ifs and whens of using history, and teaches winning techniques and tips for blowing the cobwebs off the past to reveal the shining stories underneath. Limited enrolment. Lakeview, Delta Hotel 3:30 - 6:00 pm Advance GA $35 Senior $32 / Festival GA $40…Find out more »
Journalist and author Rachel Giese takes the apprehension out of tackling what can be the most daunting aspect of creative writing: doing the research. Rachel steers you in the right direction, covering topics like finding and analyzing primary and secondary sources, ensuring your sources are credible, online research hacks, tracking down offline sources, and how to conduct interviews. For writers of either non-fiction or fiction: indispensable information that keeps you on course. Limited enrolment. Lakeview, Delta Hotel 9:00 - 11:30 am…Find out more »
What kinds of questions should writers ask themselves when writing about culture – especially cultures that aren’t their own? What are the best approaches for understanding and collecting information about other peoples’ cultures? And how can writers present these stories in a way that respects – and doesn’t appropriate – other cultures? Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui explains her methods and provides examples of what to do and what to avoid, for group discussion. Ticket purchasers will receive these readings by email in advance. Limited enrolment Lakeview, Delta…Find out more »
In poetry, as in literary prose, the sounds and rhythms of words are as important as their meanings. Steven Heighton introduces an exhilarating exercise that frees participants to forget meanings, personal intentions, and emotions and, instead, experiment with sound. The exercise is both challenging and enjoyable. The results are always remarkable. Liberated from the limitations of ego experience, many participants find their exercise "translation" to be among the most interesting things they've ever written. Limited enrolment. Lakeview, Delta Hotel 3:00 -…Find out more »
FESTIVAL TICKET INFO + PRICES 2018
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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 25, 2018. International Marquee tickets will continue to be sold through the Grand until the event start time.
Ticket prices are listed as Pre-Festival (purchased by 6 pm on Tuesday, September 25), and Festival (all tickets purchased once the Festival has begun):
Regular Onstage and Festival Field Trip events
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
Celebrate the Literary: Breakfast with Peter Carey; Robertson Davies Dinner -and- Book Lovers’ Lunch
General Admission $45 Pre/$50 Fest; Senior $40 Pre/$45 Fest
Saturday Night SpeakEasy General Admission $30 Pre/$35 Fest; Senior $27 Pre/$32 Fest
Forgotten Foods of Forest, Field, & Orchard General Admission $25 Pre/$28 Fest; Senior $22 Pre/$25 Fest
BUY 5 and SAVE – available for regular events OR Writers Retreat classes! Simply add EITHER 5 regular onstage OR 5 Writers Retreat tickets to your cart 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 $3.50/ticket.
TICKET PICK-UP: Any tickets – EXCEPT International Marquee tickets – that are not picked up at the Grand Theatre before 12 pm on Wednesday, September 26th will be brought to the onsite box office at the Holiday Inn. You may pick up your tickets there 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.