Schedule

2017 Events Schedule

Registration Desk Hours

Come to the registration table on the second floor, outside the dealer room to pick up your badge, festival bag of goodies including a program and quick reference grid.

Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 9am-12pm
2017 Master Classes
Programming
Banquet and Keynote
Blue Pencil Sessions
Pitches Sessions
Kaffeeklatches
Friday Night Readings
Group Autograph Session
Dealer Room
Ink Club

Please note programming is subject to change as the festival approaches including switching of times, rooms, panelists, additions and subtractions. (plan in pencil for now!)

2017 Programming: Descriptions of Presentations and Panels

2017 PROGRAM GRID


Banquet and Keynote: How Editors Think with Brian Hades, JM Landels and Sandra Kasturi

This will be a catered banquet by the hotel on Saturday evening including three rounds of talks from some amazing publishers.

What do editors appreciate in an author, both in their attention to craft and their professional interactions? For example, it is important for writers to understand the various services editors offer to writers such as developmental, substantive and copy editing. Come and listen to these experienced editors share their experiences and insight on how to find and develop an effective relationship with an editor.

Note: Banquet tickets can be purchased in combination with the memberships, but is separate from the actual membership cost. Banquet tickets sales deadline TBA.

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Blue Pencil Sessions

This is your opportunity to sit down with an industry professional for fifteen minutes, to share you work and receive immediate feedback. Bring three pages of your best work (double-spaced for authors, artwork for artists ). The pro will read (or view) your work and give their input. You may also want to bring your questions about troubles you're having with the piece.

You must have a 2017 Membership to sign up! Sign up runs March 4th to March 22nd. IF spots are still open at the festival, you can sign up for more!

Email ashtal@gmail.com

NOTE: Please email us with your first choice and second choice of Blue Pencil Pro Author. We will do our best to fit everyone with their requested pro, but if it becomes necessary, we may need to use your second choice. Members are allowed to book two blue pencil sessions. If this interests you, please then indicate your first three choices.

The Pro Authors available for Blue Pencil Sessions are on the programming grid.

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Pitch Sessions

This is your chance to pitch your work to publishers and editors.

You must have a 2017 Membership to sign up! Sign up runs March 4th to March 22nd. IF spots are still open at the festival, you can sign up for more!


Email ashtal@gmail.com
NOTE: Please email us with your first choice and second choice of Pitch Session Publisher. We will do our best to fit everyone with their requested pro, but if it becomes necessary, we may need to use your second choice. Members are allowed to book two pitch sessions. If this interests you, please then indicate your first three choices.

The publishers available for Pitch Sessions are on the programming grid.

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Kaffeeklatches

What's a Kaffeeklatch? It's a chance to sit down with one of our Guests of Honour to have coffee (or tea, or water!) and chat in a more intimate setting. Numbers will be limited to keep the group small. Bring your questions.

You must have a 2017 Membership to sign up! Sign up runs March 4th to March 22nd. IF spots are still open at the festival, you can sign up for more!


Email ashtal@gmail.com

Kaffeeklatch with Eileen Kernaghan

Kaffeeklatch with Ken Scholes

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Friday Night Group Reading

Come out and here some fantastic authors read from their work! The reading will run from 7:00pm-10:00pmbut you are welcome to come and go as you please, come out and catch your favourite authors and meet some new ones! This is going to be a great event!

Friday Night Reading Schedule:

  • JM Landels
  • Mel Anastasiou
  • Kristene Perron
  • Tyner Gillies
  • Donna Barker
  • KT Wagner
  • Frank Talaber
  • Kristi Charish
  • Rob Boffard
  • TG Shepherd
  • Barb Ferrer
  • Danika Dinsmore
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:10pm
  • 8:20pm
  • 8:30pm
  • 8:40pm
  • 8:50pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 9:10pm
  • 9:20pm
  • 9:30pm
  • 9:40pm
  • 9:50pm

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Group Autograph Session

This is always a great way to meet and get autographs from many different authors in the same place! We will be updating this page, so check back again!

Participating Authors:

Ken Scholes
Eileen Kernaghan
Tyner Gillies
JP McLean
Katherine Prairie
Frank Talaber
Donna Barker
Adam Dreece
Randy McCharles
Katrina Archer

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Dealer Room

We have some amazing booths and wares in our Expo this year!

Be sure to take some time while you're at the festival to visit the Expo and support those who support us!

Dealer Room Hours
Friday 12-10pm**Meet and Greet 8-10pm
Saturday 10-5pm
Sunday 10-4pm
Please note: The Dealer Room is open to the public at all times!

Sponsor Booths

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Cloudscape Comics

Co-Author Book Table
Great titles by our presenters:
JP McLean
Kristene Perron
Katherine Prairie
Frank Talaber
Kristi Charish
Rob Boffard
Donna Barker
Adam Dreece
Mel Dawn
Mel Anastasiou

Myth Hawker

Pulp Literature

ChiZine Publications

SF Canada

Roxanne Barbour, author

Geek Crossing

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Ink Club

Have you been to a conference or convention before and while having a great time learning and networking, ever felt guilty for not actually getting any creative work done? Now you can!

The idea behind Ink Club is to give writers, artists and creative people of all types, the peer pressure nudge to sit down and actually be productive! (wow!) We'll combine focused Creative Time with breaks for socializing with the goal of making progress on our creative projects.

Join in at any point. If it's a quiet work time, just settle in and get to work! We'll chat to you on the next break. Stay for as much or as little as you like.

Format Example, actual times TBA: Note: You can attend for as much or as little as you like!

6:00pm to 6:15pm - Fifteen Minutes: Time to settle in and maybe even socialize before getting creative.

6:15pm-7:00pm - Forty-five Minutes: Creative Time!

7:00pm-7:15pm - Fifteen Minutes: Time for a break and socializing. (or feel free to continue working right through the break if you're on a roll!)

7:15pm - 8:00pm - Forty-five Minutes: Creative Time!

First rule of Ink Club, you don't talk during Creative Time! Okay, there can be talking, but the goal is to keep it to a minimum to create a quiet, focused environment.

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