The panel will discuss writing about other genders, races, classes, cultures with honesty and sensitivity. How can a writer be inclusive without appropriating or creating token characters? Panelists: Brandy Ackerley, Diane Terrana, Erin Weir, J
Location, location, location! applies not only to real estate. Your setting impacts tone, plot, character. It can include both time and space. Learn how and why our panelists chose their setting, from prosaic to exotic, city to wilderness, mod
Does the crime have to be murder to make a good mystery? What other crimes can fuel a great story? Panelists Axel Howerton, P.J. Vernon, Alice Bienia, M.H. Callway discuss what types of crimes engage a reader for an entire novel; whether the c
An open discussion on realistic themes in young adult fiction. What's out there, who's reading it, and how is it being received? Panelists Diane Terrana, Jenna Greene, Rhonda Parrish, Steve Swanson discuss trigger warnings, ratings, context and
Showing what a character feels can be a big stumbling block for writers. Join a discussion on what works and what doesn't, and how we can move past generic description to create authentic, personal moments that will draw readers in. Panelists
Creating a character is a different process for everyone. Panelists Angela Ackerman, Karen A. Chase, Kevin Weir and Elissa McColl, share different strategies that work for them, the tools they use, and how much they need to know about a charact
Do writers need to visit a place to portray it accurately, vividly and with sensitivity? This discussion includes travelling for writers, memoirs by hunters, and finding the familiar in the foreign. Wherever you go, people are people. And remem
GoH Leanne Shirtliffe takes questions on the diverse and ever-changing field of children's literature--from picture books to early readers to middle grade to YA. Learn about working with illustrators, creating your own conferences and master cl
This is the second best thing you'll hear all day! Former Kobo Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations Mark Leslie's alliterative perfectly practiced, passionately-professional, publishing presentation.
Calgary-area crime writers, J.E. Barnard, Dwayne Clayden, Susan Calder, and David Poulsen, tempt with excerpts from new books. Jointly sponsored by Calgary Crime Writers (CWW) and Crime Writers of Canada (CWC). PG for violence (crime writing is
Short stories can help develop writing skills and build a resumé. Are there other benefits? How do you learn to write them? Where can you get them published? Are contests worth it? And what defines a short story anyway? Is it all about word cou
In writing there is a real temptation to 'feel' everything. He felt hungry. She was scared. etc. etc. What are the physical and emotional indicators that would show this to your readers without having to 'tell' them to death?
Leanne Shirtliffe is a teacher who is also the author of seven picture books for children and two books of non-fiction humour about parenting. A selection from her work in progress rounds out the festival guest readings.
Jonas Saul is a prolific writer of thrillers with more than 30 novels and 50 short stories to his credit. He started as an indie author, but after selling more than 2 million books, traditional publishing came calling. (PG for language)
Writer and editor Lisa Mangum's first paid work in the literary world was shelving books at the Sandy Library in Utah. She works at Shadow Mountain Publishing and has published a time-travel/romance trilogy.
Meet this year's festival guests: Kat Flannery, James Alan Gardener, Jonas Saul, Lisa Mangum, Leanne Shirtliffe. (Moderator Stacey Kondla) First up is Kat Flannery is historical writer, westerns, suspense, paranormal and romance. She likes to m
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