Windsor is a magnificent tapestry of over two hundred and forty ethnic groups that live in peace. We are known for valuing and respecting our diverse population through our festivals and restaurants. We are also known throughout the world for our plethora of brilliant writers – Nino Ricci, the late Alistair MacLeod, the late Christopher Curtis, all major literary award winners – the Booker, the Giller, the Governor General’s award to name a few. We have eight publishing houses in town, including the famous Biblioasis and Black Moss Press.
We are a community deeply embedded in the narrative from recording our stories to developing and sharing our personal perspectives in both fiction and non-fiction. We are strong participants who, through the written word, actively contribute, enriching our community each and every day.
Emerging from Challenges
Windsor was hit hard by the Recessions that started in 2008. It is a known fact that people flock to the arts during these times to find artistic ways to express their sorrows and fears. Our proof? We have over 1,000 published authors living here. Most are self-published but many are also published the traditional way. And, here is where the story of our Windsor International Writers Conference starts.
Writers need to hone their skills. They need a community of like-minded souls where they can commune with one another, share ideas, learn together, and support one another. As these needs emerged and became more apparent, and the number of published writers increased, we realized there was a niche to fulfill and dedicated ourselves, with our own funding, to filling the void and create the Windsor International Writers Conference in 2014.
Our mandate was based one premise: all peoples and nations have the right and obligation to preserve their history, art, culture and books for future generations. Based on the demands and needs within our writing community, our mandate: became our mission: to make every effort to promote the art and craft of writing by advancing skills in accuracy and researching a story; using ethics and morals when writing; and taking care to preserve the dignity of any culture, heritage, or group of people and to ensure that the written word has the opportunity to be read and heard within an international arena.
Our Launch Conference
“Writing Across Boundaries: Moralities, Minorities, Methodologies,” was our first writers conference. Writer’s Digest magazine was so impressed that they claimed us to be one of the most unique and better Boutique Writers Conferences in North America.
Since 2014 our organization has continued to grow, thus expanding the opportunities for our writers as we have now emerged as a premiere writers conference with a track record.
The following list, to date, highlights our conference and related series for writers and participants:
- The first Windsor International Writers Conference, November 2014 with over half of the attendees on donated scholarships
- The Young Authors Summer Camp, July 2014. (Half were on donated scholarships)
- The “I Want to be a Writer” series, September to December 2014.
- The “I Want to be a Writer” Series, January – March 2015.
- Writers Learning Workshop series with agents and editors began in January 2015.
- Writers Learning Workshop series continues April 2015.
- The Young Authors Summer Camp, July 2015. (Scholarships were available)
- “I Want to be a Writer” series September- December, 2015
- Writers Learning Workshop series, October, 2015
- Writers Learning Workshop series, March, 2016.
- Second Windsor International Writers Conference, May 2016. (half of the attendees were on donated scholarships)
- Young Authors Summer Camp, July 2016. (four attended on donated scholarships)
- CHILDREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL October, 2016 at Bloomin’ Gardener
- Writers Workshop series, October 2016.
- Writers Workshop series, May, 2017.
- Young Authors Summer Camp, 2017. (scholarships were available)
- A new initiative, Writers Social Greet and Meet, July, 2017.
- A TASTE OF LITERATURE, November 6th, 2017, featuring local author, Fartumo Kusow
- Adult Workshop Nov. 4Th, 2017: Marty Gervais – developing characters
- A TASTE OF LITERATURE: January 15th, 2018 featuring local author, Sharon Ledwith
- A TASTE OF LITERATURE February 26th, 2018 featuring local author Veronique Perrier Mandal
- I WANT TO BE A WRITER series begins January 27th, 2018 at Sho.
- Adult Workshop February 11th, 2018: Brian Henry – Dialogue
N.B. We have two more TASTE OF LITERATURE events booked for the spring as well as another Adult workshop.
Exciting New Initiative
As we continually respond to needs and evaluate our strategies, we have combined the art of writing with the joy of food into a powerful and innovative initiative: “The Taste of Literature Book Club Series,” interfaces authors’ new books to be made available a month prior to a theme based meal that reflects the book at the Twisted Apron Restaurant. Participants will experience the food, listen to the author speak as well as read followed with a question and answer period and book signing.
The Summer 2018 Writers Conference
We are proud to announce The Windsor International Writers Conference, July 6,7,8,2018. Our goal is to increase an already impressive participation of attendees as well as a 25% increase in scholarships.
We hope to expand our children’s programming by hosting our Children’s Summer Camp in the county as well. At this time, all of this is organized by volunteers with an in-kind donation of funds and assistance well over $100,000.00 in approximately four years.
2018 has seen us expand into an official Not-For-Profit corporation with a steering committee of over twenty like-minded individuals from all over North America. We are attempting to gain charitable status as well.
We have reached out to the Greater Detroit and Michigan area for partnerships and we are constantly searching for outreach opportunities across the globe.
In conclusion, what the Windsor International Writers has done in four years time is effectively develop a successful and respected literary market for the city and we are constantly looking at ways to expand. We are dedicated to our mandate and this literary industry and we hope to make it one of the hubs of the country for the literary arts.
Pam Goldstein/Chairman of WIWC, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Call: 519 730 0315/