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WS2. The Voice of the Poem

Zoom Webinar

How to Write for Performance As a poet, writer, and dancer, Abena Beloved Green seeks to create, engage, and elevate through words and movement. In this workshop co-presented by Calliope […]

$30

WS3. Beginnings and Endings

Zoom Webinar

While every element of crafting a story is important, the beginning and end of a piece are likely the most memorable for a reader. A strong start draws the reader […]

$30

6. Privilege, Power, and Dead Billionaires

Zoom Webinar

Award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer Thomas King is back with a stand-alone thriller that takes a sly and satirical look at politics, greed, and privilege. Mixing a […]

WSS4. How to Read a Poem

Zoom Webinar

Many readers are intimidated by the idea of poetry. Whether the hesitancy stems from memories of verses recited in boring monotone in English classes or fear of an indecipherable maze […]

15. Book Lover’s Banquet

Zoom Webinar

Lay the table, uncap your pen and get your notepads ready – here’s your backstage pass to the publishing industry! Ben McNally of Toronto’s Ben McNally Books is back to […]

7. The Long Term Crisis in LTC

Zoom Webinar

One of the greatest crises brought to light during the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been the deplorable conditions that many of Canada’s long-term care residents find themselves living in. In […]

00. Gunplay (After the Gun Goes Off)

Join the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University in partnership with Kingston WritersFest for the international debut stage reading of Gunplay (After the Gun Goes Off).  When […]

WSS5. Doing the Research

Zoom Webinar

The inspiration for writing about historical events can come from anywhere. For Catherine Fogarty, it was a chance encounter with a “This Day in History” column in a national newspaper […]

$15

8. Herbariums: Meditations on Forgotten Flora

Zoom Webinar

In Field Study: Meditations on a Year at the Herbarium, award-winning poet and novelist Helen Humphreys continues her series of nature meditations by taking a deep look at the mostly […]

9. (Ad)Verse: Indigenous-Settler Relations

Zoom Webinar

scoff·law /ˈskôflô/ noun INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN: a person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively – Oxford English Dictionary. The […]

10. The Voices of Ghosts

Zoom Webinar

A long-buried bone found in the forest. A generation of women united by unspoken trauma. Mass graves unearthed. Voices united in protest. A secret that can no longer be hushed, […]

11. Une Femme Disparaît / The Lady Vanishes

Zoom Webinar

Jocelyne Saucier avec Rhonda Mullins La Lecture et La Conversation Événement en français L'auteur francophone primée Jocelyne Saucier revient sur la scène du Kingston WritersFest avec un mystère d'une petite […]

12. The Robertson Davies Lecture

Zoom Webinar

Camilla Gibb’s five internationally acclaimed novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly, The Beauty of Humanity Movement, and most recently, The Relatives, as […]

13. Brazen Tongues: Celebrating the Unashamed Self

Zoom Webinar

Speaking openly about women’s sexual lives and desires, outside of the fantasy or the male gaze, is still viewed as a rare and bold activity. In this event, author and […]

WSS8. Building a Productive Writing Group

Zoom Webinar

The Villanelles are a super-supportive, tight-knit community of authors who write poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and children’s literature, and workshop each other’s poetry and prose on a regular basis. They […]

$30

14. The Lost Boy: Fiction

Zoom Webinar

Omar El Akkad was born in Egypt and grew up in Qatar before moving to Canada with his family. An award-winning journalist and author, he has traveled the world covering […]

17. Words as Solace: The Joy of Reading

Zoom Webinar

Written over the course of a decade peppered with grief and loss Big Reader: Essays explores themes of memory, loss, womanhood, disappointment, and joy, all underpinned by an abiding love […]

16. The Long Shadow of War

Zoom Webinar

Award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe is back with his first new novel in nearly a decade, and readers will agree it was worth the wait! Along with interviewer Eric Friesen, the […]

18. Deep Diversity: Enacting Authentic Change

Zoom Webinar

With more than 25 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, Shakil Chodhury has developed award-winning training and tools for organizations seeking to improve their diversity outcomes. […]

WS10. Writing the Quest: Inanna

Zoom Webinar

The ancient stories of Inanna from Mesopotamia are the oldest written poetry and song in the world. They tell about Inanna’s journey from a young goddess in a storm to […]

$30

19. Fantastic Figures: the Magic in All Bodies

Zoom Webinar

Mermen, ogres, centaurs, and witches dwell on the pages of Amanda Leduc’s novel The Centaur’s Wife and Therese Estacion’s poetry collection Phantompains. In these two unique and beautifully crafted works, […]

20. The Big Idea: Addressing a Crisis

Zoom Webinar

Major world events don’t usually happen according to a schedule, but sometimes the consequences of tactical decisions can be seen miles off. When war, politics, and photo ops collide, the […]

21. Brave New Words: A Dark Debut/ Un début sombre

Zoom Webinar

Content warning – this event discusses subject matter that some audience members might find distressing. Discretion is advised. Kevin Lambert is not even 30 years old, and already he is […]

22. The Ache of Memory: Fathers, Sons, and Loss

Zoom Webinar

“Paintings are rarely sequential by nature,” says author David Macfarlane. “Paintings show you everything about themselves at the same time. This doesn’t mean you see everything at the same time […]

WS11. The Art of Translation

Zoom Webinar

“Writers make national literature, while translators make universal literature.” – José Saramago In this workshop, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning translator Rhonda Mullins will give you an inside look into the […]

$30

23. Selected Poems: A Mid-Career Retrospective

Zoom Webinar

Steven Heighton is no stranger to the Kingston WritersFest stage. As a bestselling novelist, essayist, memoir writer and now musician, his passion for writing and the creative life is writ […]

24. A Brief Interlude: Stories of Music

Zoom Webinar

“He writes with immediacy and verve, cutting out the unnecessary to leave only the most vivid.” — Literary Review of Canada Short stories tend to get short shrift in the […]

25. Making Mischief: The Trickster Trilogy

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Fans of magical realism, compelling family dramas, supernatural battles, and dark, humorous coming-of-age stories are in for a treat with this refreshingly unique trilogy about an Indigenous teen who discovers […]

26. On Property

Zoom Webinar

In On Property: Policing, Prisons, and the Call for Abolition, his 96 page pamphlet for Biblioasis’ Field Notes series, academic and writer Rinaldo Walcott offers an urgent, persuasive, and far-reaching […]

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