Ajax girds for influx of writers


There are just a few days left to register for the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference at the Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax next month.

The event kicks off on Friday, May 3 with master classes for experienced writers from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by the Festival of Authors from 7 to 10 p.m. The Festival, which is open to the public, features emcee Ted Barris of Uxbridge and guest readers Miranda Hill, Ray Robertson and Susan Swan.

On Saturday, May 4, registered participants will enjoy a day of workshops and lectures, wrapped up by closing speaker Deborah Kimmett.

To register by the April 24 deadline, visit the Conference website. For the non-registered public, tickets for the Festival of Authors are $20 and available online at the conference website or by e-mailing info@thewritersconference.com.


Conference ticket deal closing fast


Just a few days left to take advantage of early bird registration for the 2012 Ontario Writers’ Conference. After December 24, you’ll have to pay full price if you want to attend the May 5 event.

The conference got its start in May 2008 as an outgrowth of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. It has since become a separate, independent entity focused on the annual event.

The 2012 Conference will be held at the Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax (our hometown, by the way, and a lovely community that now boasts facilities for out-of-town guests).

Led by honorary patron Wayson Choy, a member of the Order of Canada and award-winning author, the conference will offer a mix of educational workshops, panels, round tables and mentoring sessions.

Workshops will cover a range of topics, including research, dialogue, revising, pitching and pacing. Luncheon speaker is Douglas Gibson, with Robert J. Sawyer, Susan Lynn Reynolds and Adrienne Kerr providing lectures on buzz creation, quick writing and the changing marketplace.

CTV’s Paula Todd will wrap up the day as closing speaker.

Registration info is available at the conference website.