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Cabot Trail Writer’s Festival

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Gaelic College, 51779 Cabot Trail,
Englishtown, NS B0C 1H0 Canada
https://www.cabottrailwritersfestival.com/currentfestival/

2017 Festival Schedule

Opening Night with Host Rebecca Silver Slayter: Readings by Our Festival Authors
Friday, September 29, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.       Doors Open
Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, bookstore

7:20 p.m.       Welcome
Acknowledgments
Readings: Mona KnightSarah Faber, Douglas GibsonSheree Fitch

8:30 p.m.       Break
Cash bar, bookstore, hors d’oeuvres and book signings

8:50 p.m.       Readings: Carol BruneauSarah MacLachlan, Wayne Johnston

9:30 p.m.       Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, bookstore, book signings and mingling with friends and authors

 

A Day Between the Covers: Workshops, Conversations & a Feature Stage Presentation on Canada’s Greatest Storytellers
Saturday, September 30, 2017

10:15 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Workshop One with Sheree Fitch
Giving Voice to Your Vision: How to Tell Your Tale as No One Else Can
Whatever the genre, whomever the audience, authentic voice is key to telling the tale, spinning the yarn or writing the poem. What do we mean by authentic voice? How does that differ from point of view? What story are you burning to tell? How will you find it and tell it? A writing workshop for adults with or without writing experience.

11:45 a.m.       Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Workshop Two with Carol Bruneau
Sculpting a Story: The Art of Plot and Structure
Beginning with oral storytelling and the magic of narrative voice, creating fiction relies on further shaping to enhance its dramatic effect. It asks the questions: Whose story is it, really? Who are the key players? Where and when does it take place? What are its defining events? How do these events convey its meaning? This workshop encourages participants to develop these elements as they emerge from a narrative voice and/or point of view explored in the previous workshop.

2:00 p.m.       The First Novel
A Conversation with Sarah Faber and Mona Knight

3:15 p.m.        The Adventure of Creating Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe & Dreamery
A Conversation with Sheree Fitch

4:30 p.m.       The Only Café
A Reading and Conversation with Linden MacIntyre

6:00 p.m.       Dinner and a Reading by Puffin Award Winner Annette MacLellan

7:00 p.m.       House of Anansi’s Fiftieth Anniversary Cake and a Conversation with Sarah MacLachlan

7:45 p.m.       CANADA’S GREATEST STORYTELLERS, 1867–2017
A Nationally Renowned Multimedia Presentation by Douglas Gibson

 

Festival Close: Conversations, Brunch & Songs
Sunday, October 1, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

9:00 a.m.       Doors Open
Bookstore; coffee, tea & treats

9:30 a.m.      The Book Is Dead! Long Live the Book!: The Future of Reading in a Changing World
A Conversation with Sarah MacLachlanDouglas GibsonSheree Fitch

10:20 a.m.    Break
Bookstore; coffee, tea & treats

10:40 a.m.     Writing about Home
A Conversation with Linden MacIntyreCarol BruneauJames KeelaghanSarah Faber

11:45 a.m.    Brunch

12:30 p.m.    Songs & Stories with James Keelaghan

1:30 p.m.      Closing

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