The excitement of the Steering Committee is beginning to reach maximum capacity as the working schedule for the 2018 conference gets fuller and fuller. We’ll give you a tease for now!
WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE
Friday, July 6th, 2018
PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE ROUNDTABLES
7:45 – 8:45am REGISTRATION
8:45 – 9:00am Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 10:00am PANEL #1
Sam Hiyate and agents and publishers
10:00 -10:15am BREAK
10:15 -12:30 ROUNDTABLE No.1
One agent/editor or publisher will lead a table of at these sessions. Each writer presents 500 words and receives critiques from the leaders and their peers. (timer and staff at each table. Presenters must provide copies of their work for every person at the table.) Approximate time per person will be approximately 10-15 minutes per person. Last fifteen minutes will either be a wrap-up by the leaders or they answer questions.
12:30 -1:45pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
Enjoy the city. Nearby restaurants have provided pre-conference participants with coupons.
1:45-2:45pm SAM HIYATE (FOUNDER OF RIGHTS FACTORY)
2:45-4:45pm ROUNDTABLE #2
4:45-7:00pm DINNER ON YOUR OWN
3:00-7:00pm “Wilkommen, Bien Venue –Welcome!
Official registration for conference
NB Those who attended the roundtables are already registered and do not have to re-register.
7:00- 8:30pm “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION DEBATE”
Join our panel of professionals in a debate about this hot and timely topic. Some of our panelists will include authors Kimberly Batchelor Davis, Claudia Whitsitt, Heather Majaury and Fred Groves.
8:30 – 11:00pm CASUAL GREET AND MEET and
AUTHORS BOOK SIGNINGS!!!!!!
Come schmooze and mingle with fellow attendees and always a favourite pastime SHOPPING for BOOKS! Authors will be on hand to autograph.
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
7:30-8:45am Late Registration
8:45am – 9:15 am Welcoming the Drum We started a tradition in our first conference of opening with a beautiful Indigenous peoples’ tradition called ‘Welcoming the Drum.” It is said that the drum represents the heartbeat of mother earth and the circle of life, and the beating of the drum is a calling for all peoples to join together in peace and harmony. Some say the beat of the drum has the power to change natural elements, including the weather. It is believed to have the power to heal sickness, and some believe it has the power to send messages both to the animal world and to the spirit world. It stirs the soul and we are so glad we’ll be able to continue this tradition!
9:15 – 10:30am MORNING SPEAKER : Deborah Dundas from the Toronto Star
10:45-12:00 BREAKOUT SESSION
To be announced
SPEAKERS: In negotiations
2:00-3:15pm BREAKOUT SESSION
HUMOUR< HUMOUR< HUMOUR
3:30-4:45pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How it Works
Author to Editor to Agent to Publisher
Keynote to be announced
7:15pm -10:00pm COMEDY TONIGHT!
Come join us to hear our brave attendees and their Stand Up Routines
This merry band of fearless individuals will be led by the fabulous
Michele Wojciechowski !
SUNDAY, JULY 8TH, 2018
8:30 - 8:45am Contests and scholarship winners
8:45- 9:45am PANEL DISCUSSION
9:45 - 10:00am BREAK
10:00am - 1:00pm Post-conference sessions
a) Poetry, Poetry, Poetry!
b) Screenplay writing: There is technique!
NB!!!!! We may have a third post-conference that will knock your socks off. We'll let you know as soon as we have details.
REGISTER NOW at 2016 prices at windsorinternationalwriters.com
For more information about all of our events check out our website or call Pam Goldstein at 519 730 0315