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Whistler Writers Festival – Oct 15 Workshops

October 15 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT

Friday October 15th schedule

WORKSHOP 7: Celebrating Presence: Connecting with Stories through Mindfulness With Nicola Bentley
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT | Online $10
Connecting with our thoughts and experiences, gaining insights by paying attention moment to moment, can inform creativity, fuel curiosity, and transform our knowledge of ourselves. As writers and readers we are natural observers; being fully present enhances our connection to the richness of a story and provides an opportunity to understand our own story. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, of being situationally aware of our thoughts and feelings in the present, with a keen sense of curiosity and insight. Mindful is that place where clarity informs wisdom. This short experiential session includes a brief overview about mindfulness and a guided meditation practice inspired by the festival’s theme of celebration. Start your morning by connecting to your own true story.

WORKSHOP 8: Insights from Insiders: Trade Publishing in Canada Today
Amanda Betts, Elizabeth Kribs, Anna Comfort O’Keeffe, Nita Pronovost, Susan Renouf, Shirarose Wilensky, Janice Zawerbny
Sponsored by: SFU Continuing Studies – Creative Writing
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PDT | Online $10
Want to get your book published through a traditional publisher with a book contract? Join our seven publishers to find out what they’re looking for in a manuscript, how to contact them, and how to best position your book in terms of genre or category. They’ll provide an overview of the state of the industry, particularly in the current situation of the pandemic, and give sage advice on how to get your book published. With publishers and editors

WORKSHOP 9: Speed Dating: Pitch your Book/Idea to Publishers
Amanda Betts, Elizabeth Kribs, Anna Comfort O’Keeffe, Nita Pronovost, Susan Renouf, Shirarose Wilensky, Janice Zawerbny
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PDT | Online $75
Meet publishing decision-makers for 15 minutes to pitch your book or story idea one-on-one and receive feedback. Come prepared with a five-minute pitch and/or questions for the publishers. Meet publishers Amanda Betts (Penguin Random House), Elizabeth Kribs (Tundra), Anna Comfort O’Keeffe (Douglas & McIntyre), Nita Pronovost (Simon & Schuster), Susan Renouf (ECW Press), Shirarose Wilensky (House of Anansi), Janice Zawerbny (HarperCollins). The session includes up to two pitches to publishers of your choice, on a first-come, first-choice basis. Pro tip: Research your choices (read their bios, google) before booking to ensure a good fit for your book or pitch.

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October 15
9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Blvd
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
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(604) 938-8000
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