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Literary Festival

North Words Literary Festival 2016 (hosted by Muskoka Authors Association) was a huge success! Thanks to all those who attended and participated. Our stellar line-up left everyone spellbound and satiated. Please continue reading for a flavour of this incredible event.
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Weekend Line-Up

Full Day Writing Workshop (Please note: this is priced separately from the the weekend passes)

Join Us For...
  • A presentation from the Humber Publishing Program
  • A Literary Agent Panel (Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Agency; Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency; and Olga Filina of The Rights Factory)
  • Plus three Exciting Interactive Sessions with Authors and a Publisher

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

Writing with Prompts with Author, Catherine Bush

Have you ever been blocked in your writing or wished to break free of certain habits or push yourself further out of your comfort zone?  Catherine Bush will offer strategies for writers using various exercises and prompts geared to writers at all stages of their writing practice.  Prompts may include exercises to overcome inhibition, hone the art of paying attention, and the use of constraints to generate stories — all geared to help you go deeper, heighten your skill, open yourself emotionally, and find the play and liveliness that should be at the heart of all creative writing.

Close Encounters: The Art of Writing Collaboratively with authors, Dale R. Long and Tobin Elliott

Peter Straub on writing, The Talisman, with Stephen King: “I’d written the last sentence, and Steve said, ‘You know what?’ and he sat down and plugged in a long phrase between commas that enhanced that last sentence. Beautifully. We had this intense experience, which was very joyful. We just barrelled through. It was a profound experience.”

This intensive Master Class will help you:

  • Learn the various ways and styles of collaborative writing
  • Understand the dos and don’ts of collaborative writing
  • Determine what makes a good collaborative partner
  • Uncover tips and best practices to collaborate successfully
  • Know what to do if it doesn’t work

Tobin and Dale may even partner you up in class with small collaborative exercises.

Learn how two control freaks like Tobin and Dale have learned to happily and successfully collaborate and produce work that neither could have completed on their own.

Talking Your Books with Editor, Craig Pyette

In this session, experienced in-house editor, Craig Pyette, (Senior Editor of Penguin Random House) will explore the best ways to talk about your writing so editors, agents and others will listen. You’ll undertake exercises in refining the quick pitch, identifying your potential readership and knowing how much talk about your book is enough—and how much is too much. And since it’s hard to talk about pitching your writing without actually talking about your writing, he’ll also share some thoughts on how to put your best work forward.

With breakfast and lunch included, the event is a bargain at only $69 for the full day for MAA Members ($109 for non-members and $89 for Students and Participants in the 2016 Muskoka Novel Marathon).

Pitch Sessions with Literary Agents, Carolyn Forde, Rachel Letofsky & Olga Filina

For a nominal additional fee, participants who think their writing may be ready for the market will also have the rare opportunity to provide 10 pages of a manuscript for one-on-one review by a literary agent. Literary Agent Panel (Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Agency; Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency; and Olga Filina of The Rights Factory).

“It’s tough to get your work before an agent these days – what a great opportunity for the creative and talented writers in our community,” says event coordinator Cindy Watson.

Booking a Pitch Session

First, take time to visit the specific agency website to ensure the agent you select is interested in your genre and that your submission is in the format required by them.

Then scroll down below the Festival registration buttons to select your agent and time slot.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be attending the Writers Workshop in order to book a session. After you register for your session, please submit your 10 pages and submission cover letter to attend@northwords.ca by September 1 in order to provide the agent of your choice enough time to review your work. Please indicate the agent you've chosen in your email.

If you have any questions about this process, please call Wendie at 705-646-3663

Includes continental breakfast and lunch.

OPENING NIGHT! Catherine the Greats

Enjoy our the Literary Festival opening evening with powerhouses Catherine Bush, Catherine Banks and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer.

Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres combined with great literature. Who could ask for more?

Saturday Morning Funnies

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with award-winning humour authors Terry Fallis, Drew Hayden Taylor and Gary Barwin.

Great literature, entertainment and fabulous food – what better way to start the day?

Acting Out

Enjoy a lively mid-morning presentation and reading of the collaborative work of talented Canadian playwrights Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry.

Girls Gone Wild

Come be entertained and enlightened with acclaimed authors Janet Turpin-Myers and Alissa York.

They mesmerize their audiences with their wit and charm. Come be dazzled.

‘New’ Boys in Town

Enjoy a fabulous lunch with authors Craig Pyette (also senior editor of Penguin Random House) and Andrew Sullivan as they discuss their much-anticipated new books.

These new books are catching people’s attention. Come see why.

Gala Dinner

 

Enjoy a spectacular culinary experience with multiple award-winning authors and nominees, Alison Pick and Anthony De Sa.

Both authors will have you spellbound with their exceptional story-telling ability as they share their award-winning work.

Cash bar and sit-down dinner.

Sunday Brunch

Come enjoy Sunday brunch with author Brad Woods, Christina Kilbourne and Clem Martini as we explore storytelling and more.

‘New’ Girls in Town

Kick back and enjoy an enlightening Sunday with debut novelists, Christine Fischer Guy and Mia Herrara.

About Us

North Words Literary Festival is back! Hosted by Muskoka Authors Association, this anticipated literary event is kicking off at beautiful Deerhurst Resort the weekend of September 23-25.

The festival is a celebration of Canadian literature, providing a forum for inspiration and education in literature. The event features full rosters for both writers and readers.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature award-winning and acclaimed authors from across Canada including: Alison Pick, Terry Fallis, Anthony De Sa, Catherine Bush, Alissa York, Janet Turpin-Myers, Drew Hayden Taylor and many more.

In addition to author presentations, panels, readings and book signings, the festival will also feature a full day workshop for writers, with well-known authors exploring the craft of writing.

The NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is an amazing community event which draws people from all over Canada and brings together people from all walks of life, united in their love of a story.

For Aspiring Writers

Are you an aspiring writer looking to get published?

Muskoka Author’s Association is hosting a full day writing workshop September 23rd  at Deerhurst Resort.  The event is open to anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level, learn the secrets to getting published in today’s tough market and/or get face-time with an agent.

Critically acclaimed authors Craig Pyette (Senior Editor with Penguin-Random House), Dale Long and Tobin Elliott will be facilitating this interactive workshop along with a publisher and literary agents from the Cooke Agency, The Rights Factory and Westwood Creative Artists.

With breakfast and lunch included, the event is a bargain for the full day ($69 for MAA Members, $89 for MNM 2016 Members and $109 for regular attendees). For a nominal additional fee, participants who think their writing may be ready for the market will also have the rare opportunity to provide 10 pages of a manuscript for one-on-one review by a literary agent.

“It’s tough to get your work before an agent these days – what a great opportunity for the creative and talented writers in our community,” says event coordinator Cindy Watson.

PHOTOS & COMMENTS

  • Thank you for all your work in creating North Words. My head and heart are full of words and impressions … perhaps each one opened my heart strand by strand to receive deeply the gift of story of the first two presenters Sunday morning … And now I am heady from Alison Pick’s amazing memoir Between Gods which I fell into yesterday afternoon, held spellbound by her writing to the last word on this autumnal day.
  • The Festival was exactly what I needed. It gave me the pick-me-up and sense of camaraderie I realized only then that I was yearning.
  • The experience was inspiring, educational and positive. Three cheers!
  • Great choices!
  • All of the authors were wonderful!
  • I was fascinated by all the variety!
  • Fabulous speakers. Great event!
  • The speakers were wonderful and varied! I enjoyed them all. What a well-run festival.
  • Thank you for such a fabulous event!
  • A great event! Very worthwhile!
  • Wonderful choices! The diversity among genres, styles, etc really worked well!
  • Great line-up. I left encouraged and inspired.

OUR SPONSORS


Choose Your Attendance PackageWeekend Passes include Friday evening through Sunday events. The Writing Workshop must be purchased separately from the Weekend Pass (please see options below).

ACCOMMODATIONS
Attendees enjoy preferred accommodation rates we negotiated at Deerhurst. Reserve directly using (800) 461-4393 and ask for the North Words preferred rate.

Or, choose a last minute cottage rental by visiting www.ontariocottagerentals.com for special North Words rates.

PAYING BY CHEQUE?
Please Note: Pitch Sessions MUST be purchased online using PayPal.
For all other events and passes, please write cheques to Muskoka Authors Association and accompany with a note to detail what you are registering for. Drop off at or mail c/o Watson Labour Law, 3 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1S4.

Full Weekend Pass

$249

MNM 2016 Weekend Pass

$199

MAA Member Weekend Pass

$149

Student & Youth Weekend Pass

$149
Or, attend a single session that interests you


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SATURDAY - MORNING



SATURDAY - AFTERNOON & EVENING



SUNDAY



Agent Pitch Sessions - Friday Workshop

Enjoy the agent panel of tips, details on what agents are looking for, an overview of agencies and some Q & A. Then do your own pitch at one of the available times below to an agent of your choice.


Carolyn Forde - Choose A Pitch Session



Olga Filina - Choose A Pitch Session


Rachel Letofsky - Choose A Pitch Session


1235 Deerhurst Dr Huntsville ONP1H 2E8705-646-5595 attend@northwords.ca

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