2017 Festival Intro page

The 12th Annual NorthWords Writers Festival will take place in and around Yellowknife from June 1 to June 4, 2017.  

Our authors will be reading and conducting workshops in Behchoko, Dettah, N’Dilo June 1, and in Hay River June 2, 2017.

Event tickets, memberships, and workshop sign-up available at the Yellowknife Book Cellar

2017 Festival Schedule
One-on-One Mentorship schedule
Spot the Author (individuals and book clubs)
Open Mike Events
2017 Author Bios

The timely theme for this year’s festival is “Reconciliation: Honoring the past, looking to the future”. In 1885, legendary Cree chief and warrior said, “Words are power.” More than one hundred years later, words are more important than ever. For five years the Truth and Reconciliation Commission listened and shared the stories of terror and loneliness experienced by 150,000 children in residential schools. Now Canadians are searching for a way forward. With the help of our guest authors and local writers, we want to explore the role of words, writing, and storytelling on the journey to reconciliation and how they can lead us into the future.

To help shed light on this path, Northwords NWT welcomes award-winning Indigenous storytellers: Tracey Lindbergh author of Birdie; Rosanna Deerchild, broadcaster, poet and author of Calling Down the Sky; Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, poet, songwriter and author of This Accident of Being Lost. As well as Winnipeg publisher and lover of comics, Hope Nicholson, and Jewish-Arab slam poet, Sam Bassam Halvey. Our visitors will be joined on stage by northern authors, Richard Van Camp, Laurie Sarkadi, Paul Andrew, Catherine Lafferty, and many other northern writers.