Wild Writers


Going Wild! On the weekend of November 3-5, 2017, I’ll be at the Wild Writers Festival sponsored by The New Quarterly in Waterloo. If you are in the area or nearby, please join what promises to be a lively set of conversations and workshops.

My first event is on Friday November 3, when I will read from my Edna Staebler prize-winning essay, “A Different River,” alongside winners of the poetry and fiction prizes, and preceding the showcase conversation with Kathleen Winter and Alison Pick. ¬†Bonus — the poetry winner, Fiona Tinwei Lam, is a good friend. Neither of us knew that the other had entered this contest!

On Saturday afternoon, I’m delighted to talk with moderator Tasneem Jamal and co-panelists¬†Kyle Edwards, Alicia Elliott, and CNFC founding member Betsy Warland about risk, rejection, and the personal essay. I’m excited to present in such vibrant and distinguished company. I expect our conversation will be as urgent, exploratory, and capacious as the essay itself.

I’m staying right through November 5th, so I get to hear the wonderful Helen Humphreys at the literary brunch. Apples? Did anyone say apples?

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