Schedule

2017 Schedule


The 2017 Schedule is in progress!

The workshops and presentations are online below, as well as the descriptions of the panels.
The program grid (times, locations, panelists) is still in progress but will be online soon!

Stay tuned for the offical program grid. Festival pass holders will be also able to sign up for Blue Pencils, Pitches and Kaffeeklatches, all included in your membership!

Events Schedule and Information
2017 Master Classes
Programming
Banquet and Keynote
Blue Pencil Sessions
Pitches Sessions
Kaffeeklatches
Friday Night Readings
Group Autograph Session
Dealer Room
Ink Club

Please note programming is subject to change as the festival approaches including switching of times, rooms, panelists, additions and subtractions! (plan in pencil for now!)

2017 Programming: Descriptions of Presentations and Panels

2017 PROGRAM GRID


Banquet and Keynote: How Editors Think with Brian Hades, JM Landels and Sandra Kasturi

This will be a catered banquet by the hotel on Saturday evening including three rounds of talks from some amazing publishers.

What do editors appreciate in an author, both in their attention to craft and their professional interactions? For example, it is important for writers to understand the various services editors offer to writers such as developmental, substantive and copy editing. Come and listen to these experienced editors share their experiences and insight on how to find and develop an effective relationship with an editor.

Note: Banquet tickets can be purchased in combination with the memberships, but is separate from the actual membership cost. Banquet tickets sales deadline TBA.

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Blue Pencil Sessions

This is your opportunity to sit down with an industry professional for fifteen minutes, to share you work and receive immediate feedback. Bring three pages of your best work (double-spaced for authors, artwork for artists ). The pro will read (or view) your work and give their input. You may also want to bring your questions about troubles you're having with the piece.

You must have a 2017 Membership to sign up!

Email to book your blue pencil session coming soon.
NOTE: Please email us with your first choice and second choice of Blue Pencil Pro Author. We will do our best to fit everyone with their requested pro, but if it becomes necessary, we may need to use your second choice. Members are allowed to book two blue pencil sessions. If this interests you, please then indicate your first three choices.

The Pro Authors available for Blue Pencil Sessions will be posted soon.

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Pitch Sessions

This is your chance to pitch your work to publishers and editors.

You must have a 2017 Membership to sign up!


Email to book your blue pencil session coming soon.
NOTE: Please email us with your first choice and second choice of Pitch Session Publisher. We will do our best to fit everyone with their requested pro, but if it becomes necessary, we may need to use your second choice. Members are allowed to book two pitch sessions. If this interests you, please then indicate your first three choices.

The Editors and Publishers available for Pitch Sessions will be posted soon.

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Kaffeeklatches

What's a Kaffeeklatch? It's a chance to sit down with a pro to have coffee (or tea, or water!) and chat in a more intimate setting. Numbers will be limited to keep the group small. Bring your questions.

You must have a 2017 Membership to sign up!

Email to book your kaffeeklatch coming soon.

Kaffeeklatch with Eileen Kernaghan

Kaffeeklatch with Ken Scholes

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Friday Night Group Reading

Come out and here some fantastic authors read from their work! The reading will run from 7:00pm-10:00pmbut you are welcome to come and go as you please, come out and catch your favourite authors and meet some new ones! This is going to be a great event!

Friday Night Reading Schedule:

TBA!

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Group Autograph Session

This is always a great way to meet and get autographs from many different authors in the same place!

Participating Authors Coming Soon!

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Dealer Room

We have some amazing booths and wares in our Expo this year!

Be sure to take some time while you're at the festival to visit the Expo and support those who support us!

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Cloudscape Comics

Co-Author Book Table
- great titles by our presenters!

Myth Hawker

Pulp Literature

ChiZine Publications

SF Canada

Roxanne Barbour, author

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Ink Club

Have you been to a conference or convention before and while having a great time learning and networking, ever felt guilty for not actually getting any creative work done? Now you can!

The idea behind Ink Club is to give writers, artists and creative people of all types, the peer pressure nudge to sit down and actually be productive! (wow!) We'll combine focused Creative Time with breaks for socializing with the goal of making progress on our creative projects.

Join in at any point. If it's a quiet work time, just settle in and get to work! We'll chat to you on the next break. Stay for as much or as little as you like.

Format Example, actual times TBA: Note: You can attend for as much or as little as you like!

6:00pm to 6:15pm - Fifteen Minutes: Time to settle in and maybe even socialize before getting creative.

6:15pm-7:00pm - Forty-five Minutes: Creative Time!

7:00pm-7:15pm - Fifteen Minutes: Time for a break and socializing. (or feel free to continue working right through the break if you're on a roll!)

7:15pm - 8:00pm - Forty-five Minutes: Creative Time!

First rule of Ink Club, you don't talk during Creative Time! Okay, there can be talking, but the goal is to keep it to a minimum to create a quiet, focused environment.

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