Windsor International Writers literary contests

There’s still time to Register!

July 6th, 7th, and 8th, the weekend of the 2018 Windsor International Writers Conference is coming up soon, but there’s still time left to register! You don’t want to miss out on this great event. We’ve got an impressive list of speakers, editors, agents, authors and publisher attending that you get to meet. It’s a small boutique-style conference, so you’ll be up close and personal with these industry professionals and stars. Not to mention, if you register by the end of this month, you can sign up to have the first ten pages of your manuscript reviewed and critiqued by one of several industry professionals. Here’s a list of the people who have made themselves available for what we’re calling ‘One-on-one’ sessions:

  • Sam Hiyate (agent, The Rights Factory)
  • Cassandra Rogers (agent, The Rights Factory)
  • Lindsay Legget (agent, The Rights Factory)
  • Sandra Kasturi (publisher, Chizine Press)
  • Justine Alley Dowsett (publisher, Mirror World Publishing)
  • Chris Edwards (publisher, Walkerville Press)
  • David Braughler (Hybrid publisher, Braughler Books Llc.)
  • Brian Henry (editor, The Quick Brown Fox)
  • Laurie Smith (editor, Cranberry Tree Press)
  • Bryan Russell (editor, Scribendi)
  • Michele Wojciechowski (stand-up comedy professional and columnist)

Once you are registered, pick the person of your choice for the one on one and then send the first ten pages of your manuscript to pamelajeangoldstein[at]gmail[dot]com and your work will be forwarded on to the professional you’ve indicated.

We’ve also got some contests going on. Once you’ve registered for the conference, you have the opportunity to enter FIVE different contests! You can compete for Best Opening Paragraph, Best Poem, Best Short Story, Best Opening Line, and/or Best Description of Wine or Dessert! And it’s easy to register right here on our website.

So what are you waiting for? There’s so much to do, learn, and so many interesting people to meet at the Windsor International Writers Conference. We hope to see you there!

Register here.

What to Expect at the Windsor International Writers Conference

If you haven’t already registered for the Windsor International Writers Conference yet, there is still time to do so, but not much left! Click here for registration details to reserve your spot today!

If you’re still making up your mind, or even if you’ve already registered, I thought I’d take some time to tell you about what you can expect the weekend of the conference. We get things started bright and early Friday July 6th with registration at 7:45 am at the Holiday Inn on Huron Church Rd in Windsor.

Over a continental breakfast we’ll have a quick introduction, then our first panel with Sam Hiyate, the agent behind The Rights Factory. Then at 10:15am, we start our first roundtable intensive. Now, what this is if you’ve never participated in something like this before is we all separate into groups, each around a table. Each roundtable discussion is led by an agent, editor, or publisher. Each writer presents the first 500 words of their manuscript and receives critiques from their peers and from the agent/editor/or publisher present. This is your chance to present your writing and get some feedback from an industry professional and to ask any questions you might have about the writing, editing, or publishing process.

Lunch is then provided and during that time, our first Keynote speakers, The Book Doctors, will give some insight on how to get published. After lunch is another roundtable intensive, where you can change up which group you are in and get feedback and answers from another source.

Now if you’re not an early riser, you get a second chance at registration between 3pm and 6pm and then at 6 pm are our official opening ceremonies which includes the First Nations tradition of Welcoming the Drum.

Throughout dinner on the Friday, our keynote speaker will be Charlie Angus, the former NDP leader. Following that we have a scheduled debate on the sensitive and controversial topic of ‘Cultural Appropriation in Writing’.  Our moderator is the fabulous Kimberly Batchelor Davis. Some of our panelists will include authors Claudia Whitsitt, Rick Sykes and Heather Majaury.

After 8:30pm Friday night the floor will open up to everyone for a casual meet and greet where you can schmooze and mingle with fellow attendees, authors, agents, editors, and publishers. We’ll also have books for sale and authors on hand to sign them!

Saturday, July 7th, breakfast will be served at 8:45 am while Keynote speaker Deborah Dundas takes the stage. She is an editor at the Toronto Star and a review-writer. From 10:15 to noon, workshop leader, Brian Henry of The Quick Brown Fox, will take us through Point of View and Pacing. Over lunch, we’ll have another Keynote, Michele ‘Wojo’ Wojciechowski a humour-writer with an award winning column and book and a storied writing career. At 2 pm, Brian Henry is back to talk about the query letter and the synopsis. Then, at 3:30pm, a panel discussion on how a manuscript travels from Author to Editor to Agent to Publisher.

Dinner will be served at 6pm, with keynote speakers, authors Daniel Pyper and Nick Cutter/Craig Davidson. This will be followed by Comedy Night! Come give your support for our brave souls and their Stand Up Routines! Some of them are doing this for the first time! This merry band of fearless individuals will be led by the fabulous: Michele Wojciechowski!

Sunday, July8th, we’ll announce our contest and scholarship winners first thing at 8:30 am, then from 8:45 am to 9:45 am, we’ll have another panel discussion on the topic of which publishing path is right for you: self, indie, hybrid, or traditional? And from there, the rest of the day will focus on writing, self-publishing, and how to distribute and market your book. The conference officially ends at 1pm.

Windsor International Writers Conference

Your Invite to the 2018 Windsor International Writers Conference!

Windsor International Writers is hosting their bi-annual writers’ conference July 6-8th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Ambassador Bridge, 1855 Huron Church Rd and you’re invited!

Friday, writers will get a chance to have their work reviewed by agents and publishers in a series of intensive round table discussions. Saturday will be filled with keynote speakers, guests, and workshops and Sunday will focus primarily on self-publishing and marketing; what it takes to succeed in today’s publishing industry.

Writers at any stage of their career and from anywhere in the world are encouraged to attend. Your registration includes all meals, workshops, pitch sessions, intensive round table discussions, panels, guest speakers, contests, and networking opportunities. We’ve really packed as much value as we can into one weekend!

Keynote speakers will include Charlie Angus of the NDP, The Book Doctors, Deborah Dundas of the Toronto Star, author Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski, Brian Henry of The Quick Brown Fox writers’ blog, and authors Andrew Pyper and Nick Cutter. In addition to such insightful voices, there will also be several publishing houses and writers agencies in attendance, including ChiZine Press, Mirror World Publishing, Walkerville Publishing, and The Rights Factory Agency, among others.

Writers will get the opportunity to network, receive feedback on their work, improve their writing skills, learn more about the publishing and self-publishing industry as well as get the chance to enter writing contests and pitch their work before industry professionals. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a successful writer, this conference is your chance to hone your craft and make connections in the industry.

We want you to succeed. We are every writer’s champion. We have something for attendees just learning how to start writing a book or finishing that book. Whether you’re going for the traditional route of the big name publishers, placing with an independent house, going hybrid, self-publishing, or choosing e-book-only distribution we will try to have as much information as we can muster to help you on your way. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Register now!

Windsor International Writers Welcomes You!

Dear writers of all stages, authors, editors, agents, publishers, and interested parties, welcome to our new website! Please don’t be shy, we encourage you to have a look around and to contact us if you have any questions that need answers. For those of you who are familiar with who we are and what we do, welcome back, and for those of you who are new, thanks so much for coming to learn what we are all about.

Windsor International Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the literary arts, specifically writing, although we do incorporate several of the arts in our programming — music, painting, and acting to name a few. We are located in Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit Michigan and although we love our city, we consider ourselves an international organization because we cater to writers from all over the world. Our conference has welcomed guests from France, Israel, Spain, India, Mexico and several people from the United States.

What exactly do we do? Well, if you’ve attended one in the past, or if you’re local to us, you may already be familiar with some of the events and workshops we offer. We’ve been in operation since 2014, offering writing workshops, literary events, and networking opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers. We also offer children’s’ writing programs in the form of our Young Authors’ Summer Camps and the I Want to be a Writer sessions during school year. And in addition to all of these wonderful events, we host the Windsor International Writers Conference every two years, the next one coming up this summer, July 6-8th, right here in Windsor, Ontario.

If you’re interested in attending the upcoming conference, please click here to register. It really is the best way to further your writing career by making the connections you need to move forward, whether you are a beginner or already a pro. We are considered one of the best boutique conferences in North America and unique because we tackle the tough topics and pay attention to morals and ethics in writing and cater to diverse voices.

Once you’ve registered, or even if you won’t be able to attend, keep in mind that there are a number of ways that you can get involved. We have an impressive list of agents, editors, and publishers already attending our conference, but if you are a professional in the literary field and would like to lend your expertise, please get in touch with us. That being said, we are also always looking for sponsors to help us fulfill our mandate. If you would like to sponsor some aspect of the conference, please reach out and let us know. And lastly, you can always opt to be a member of Windsor International Writers and gain access to our network of writers and literary professionals while being kept informed of all of our writing-related workshops and events. Please click here for more information on how to join us.

Windsor International Writers Membership program

We look forward to getting to know you and we hope to see you at the conference!

Justine Alley Dowsett and Pam Goldstein
chairmen and founders of the WIW