Two Full Days of Workshops

September 18, 2014

The 20th annual Word Vancouver festival will have tons of fantastic workshops to choose from again this year. With two days chock-full of these workshops — Saturday, September 27 and our main festival day Sunday, September 28 — there are plenty of topics to choose from!

George Murray_Colour_Print

George Murray

On Saturday, September 27, you’ll discover a plethora of workshops at the VPL Central Branch taking place in the Alma Van Dusen and Peter Kaye Rooms from 11 am to 5 pm. In the Alma Van Dusen Room, get some tips on writing for children from Janet Love Morrison; learn how to develop solid self-promotion skills and create an author profile from Monique Sherrett; and discover how to find revenue in a digital world of books and magazines with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman. In the Peter Kaye Room, Colin Moorhouse will provide freelance writers with strategies for finding better-paying work; Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White of Page Two Strategies will explain how to create a publishing road map, whether you decide to self-publish or work with a publisher; and Newfoundland’s George Murray will help poets create stronger lines and thus stronger poems.

Also happening on Saturday, September 27 is a chapbook-making workshop — Chapbooks: From Inspiration to Marketing — with Heidi Greco and S.R. Duncan at SFU Harbour Centre. There are many ways to assemble, bind, and finish a chapbook, and you’ll learn all about these elements and more. You’ll also learn about ISBNs and get tips on how to promote and sell your finished chapbook. Space is limited, so please be sure to register for this awesome workshop!

Taryn Boyd

Taryn Boyd

On Sunday, September 28 — our main festival day — you will find more workshops in Word Talks and Writing Talks from 11 am to 5 pm. In addition to some great panel discussions and author readings in Word Talks, Mark Leslie Lefebvre will discuss the Kobo Writing Life platform, which allows self-published authors and small publishers to publish their work to Kobo’s catalogue. In Writing Talks, Taryn Boyd will inform writers about what most publishers want in the way of submissions and how to research the right publishers; Michelle van der Merwe will discuss freelance writing for magazines, from how to approach them to getting an editor’s attention; Naomi Beth Wakan will give you the encouragement you need to begin writing your memoirs and give you some ideas about how to give your memories shape when you begin writing; John Maxwell and Pablo Alperin will provide a primer for self- and indie publishers who want to understand the range of digital options open to them; and Peter Cocking will introduce basic principles of effective book cover design, and how successful results can be achieved on a budget.

Check out the official program guide for full workshop details.


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