Ontario Writers Conference 2015

Another writers conference has come and gone. With the exception of the first one (don’t think I was writing then) I’ve been to them all. Once again Dorothea Helms was the emcee, and she was great – of course.

The conference has workshops/lectures that you sign up for at registration. The line of up speakers was stupendous. I attended the workshops with Andrew Borkowski (Delicious Dialogue), Gwynn Scheltema (Does Size Matter?), and Larry Krotz (The Story Telling Animal). I’ve attended workshops run by Gwynn before, and I’ve heard Andrew speak as well. Always a treat. Don’t recall if it was at one of his workshops at a past conference, or if he was just speaking. Other speakers this year included Sam Hiyate, who is an agent and also teaches at the University of Toronto. Terry Fallis – I’ve heard him speak before too. Always entertaining. Linden MacIntyre, co-host of the fifth estate turned author was a key note speaker and our dinner speaker was Paula Todd. She is the journalist who found Karla Homolka. And we can’t forget Wayson Choy, the honorary patron – author and teacher. All in all, a wonderful group of people.

This year I saw several familiar faces in the crowd. Some I actually know, others I only recognized from other conferences. The place where they hold the conference is beautiful – Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax. The grub ain’t bad either. 🙂  Yes, for the price of the conference you get a hot lunch, water and coffee during the day, and cookies and cake at afternoon break.

Blue Heron Books had a table set up. They frequent the events that are put on by Writers’ Community of Durham Region, as well as the Writers’ Community of York Region (which I belong to). They can be seen quite often at local writing events.

Next year’s conference is scheduled for April 30/May 1.  The Friday evening before is the Festival of Authors. That’s something I have yet to attend.  Mark your calendars if you are in the area. It’s a great place to network and hear from a great bunch of speakers.



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