The 2013 Kamloops Writers Fair brings opportunities to make connections
Whitney Griffiths, Contributor Ω
The Kamloops Arts Council and BC Living Arts are hosting the fourth annual Kamloops Writers Fair at The Old Court House Cultural Centre Nov. 1and 2. This event provides a great opportunity for writers of all ages, skill levels and genres to further their knowledge about writing and publishing.
“We are open to all writers. This includes emerging writers, amateurs and professionals alike,” fair co-ordinator Sylvia Olson said. “We kind of give them the opportunity to learn from their craft and give them networking opportunities. It’s the one time that all writers can get together here in Kamloops.”
The evening of Nov. 1 is a wine and cheese night, with an open mike for those who sign up for five-minute readings, though spots are limited due to time constraints. This first night is free for registered guests, and $10 for the public. This portion of the fair gives attendees the chance to hear the Writers Fair’s featured authors perform readings, as well as the opportunity to mingle with other writers.
Saturday, Nov. 2 is the official start of the conference. The keynote address will be given by author Sylvia Taylor and will be followed by four workshops, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.
This year’s workshop hosts are award-winning author Sylvia Taylor, world-renowned author Gail Anderson-Dargatz, award-winning author Mark Leiren-Young and publishing consultant Crystal Stranaghan.
After the workshops there will be a panel discussion with all workshop facilitators on the topic of publishing trends, focusing on e-publishing. The Writers Fair will conclude at 4 p.m. with door prizes.
Over the last four years, an average of 60 people have attended the Kamloops Writers Fair and Olson hopes this year they will have another good turnout of enthusiastic writers.
“We like to invite everybody that’s interested in writing to come and attend because there is always something new to learn about the craft of writing,” Olson said.
Registration for the fair closes on Oct. 26. The registration fee is $105 for the general public. A new addition this year to the Writers Fair is student pricing. With valid student ID, TRU students can attend for $75.