2017 Festival Schedule

Thursday, June 1, 2017

School and Community Visits
Festival Opening and Family Feast book icon 2
5 pm– 7:30 pm BBQ
N’Dilo Community Gym
Festival authors and special guests
Feature activities in Community Story Walk featuring “How the Raven Returned the Sun” 
and the YK Dene Drummers
MC: Paul Andrew
Sponsored by the NWT Literacy Council

FLASH: Your 3 Minutes of Fame open mike icon 2
Here is your chance to read your new stories, poems, perform spoken word, and your creative non-fiction.
Join us at The Fat Fox – The official coffee house of the 2017 Writers Festival 
8:00 pm– 11:00 pm
All ages welcome
MC: Robyn Stewart
Guest authors along with Jamesie Fournier, Marcus Jackson, Cathy Jewison, Bren Kolson, Catherine Lafferty, Jess Dunkin, Tanya Roach and YOU!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hay River
Melanie Florence, Paul Andrew, and Laurie Sarkadi
These authors will visit schools and the public library for readings, workshops, and presentations.
More information

Words Out Loud: The personal and the political in poetry and spoken word
Brown Bag Lunch
12 noon – 1 pm
YK Centre Lower Level Boardroom
Moderator: Richard Van Camp
Bren Kolson, Rosanna Deerchild, Bassam, Leanne Simpson
These authors will share poetry, followed by a discussion on how poetry can be used to express the personal, social and political.

Poetry Writing Workshop
2:30 pm -4:30 pm
Library Meeting Room
Hosted by Sam Bassam and Rosanna Deerchild
Techniques and process for writing poetry and spoken word poetry.
Poetry and spoken word creative writing exercises.
Fee: $30.00

Publishing Round Table (by invitation)
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
YK Centre Lower Level Boardroom

Panel Discussion
The Art and Tradition of Oral Storytelling
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
YK Centre Lower Level Boardroom
Moderator: Patti-Kay Hamilton
Leanne Simpson, Rosanna Deerchild, John B.Zoe
These authors will share some traditional stories and discuss the importance and effectiveness of traditional oral storytelling –  for tellers and listeners. 

12th Annual NorthWords Festival Gala book icon 2
Doors open at 7:30  pm, presentations start at 8:00 pm
MC: Patti-Kay Hamilton
Tracey Lindberg, Leanne Simpson, Rosanna Deerchild, Melanie Florence, Hope Nicholson, Basaam, Laurie Sarkadi, Paul Andrew and Tanya Roach.
Music: William Greenland
Admission: $20.00 (cash bar and cocktails

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Children’s Story Hour
10:00 am -11:30 am
Yellowknife Public Library
For children ages 5+
Featuring Melanie Florence, Elizabeth Purchase, Amber Henry, Crystal Doherty, Cara Taylor
These authors will read their picture books. talk to the kids about traditional storytelling, including trickster stories and legends, 
Host: Gena Florio

Panel Discussion
Writing the Tough Stuff: Transforming memory into memoir
10:00 am – 11: 30 am
YK Centre Lower Level Boardroom
Tracey Lindberg, Leanne Simpson, Paul Andrew, Catherine Lafferty
Moderator: Rosanna Deerchild
Each panel member will share a piece of writing and describe the process of writing, share some tips and advice for writers who want to use their memories or the memories of others and use it in creative fiction and non-fiction.

Panel Discussion
Writing Creative Non-Fiction hand pen
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
YK Centre Lower Level Boardroom
These experienced panelists will share practical tips and advice for writing creative non-fiction. This session will feature 5 speakers, 5 topics, and 5 things you need know. (5 Rules for writing non-fiction, 5 things you need to know about research, 5 reasons you need an editor, 5 tips for submitting your work for publication, 5 successful marketing, and promotion strategies)
Patti-Kay Hamilton, Allice Legat, Laurie Sarkadi, Leanne Simpson, Cathy Jewison

Moderator: Loren McInness

Panel Discussion
Visual Storytelling: Comics and Graphic Novels, and illustration
3:30 pm -4:30 pm
YK Centre Lower Level Boardroom
Hope Nicholson, Cara Taylor, Elizabeth Purchase
MC: Richard Van Camp
The panel members will present their work, discuss the importance of visual storytelling formats, the challenges of telling stories through images, and the things you need to know to create dynamic visuals to tell your story.

Creative Writing Workshop for youth hand pen
Canada 150: Exploring Your Culture Through Writing
For ages 12-16
1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Library Meeting Room
Facilitator: Melanie Florence
Melanie will present a personal perspective on the history of Indigenous people in Canada and provide a series of creative writing exercises exploring your culture through writing. 
Fee $15.00

Bring your book to life: Literary Performance hand pen
Facilitators: Sam Bassam, Rosanna Deerchild, Ben Nind
Calvary Church
This workshop will focus on providing you with practical advice and exercises on how to present your published or unpublished) work in public, spoken word techniques, literary performance, promote your work in public, and speak to your audience, 
Fee: $30.00

Open Mic
BLUSH: An Evening of Erotica and Sensuality book icon 2open mike icon 2

Sign up to read at the door.
This is an open mic event showcasing our guest authors,l local authors and YOU! Read your sensual, humorous, silly, or raunchy stories, poetry, spoken word, literary performance all in celebration of the sensual and erotic.
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Readings start at 8:00 pm– 11 pm
Top Knight
Tickets: $15.00 includes dessert

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Books and Brunch book icon 2
Book signing, Poetry, and Spoken Word
Bassam, Rosanna Deerchild, Hope Nicholson, Laurie Sarkadi
10:00 am -12 pm
MC: Marc Winkler, CBC
Tickets: $30.00
At the official coffee house of the writers festival: The Fat Fox

Writing and Reconciliation: Keynote speaker and panel discussion book icon 2
1:00 pm -3:30 pm
Museum Auditorium
Tracey Lindberg – Keynote Address
Panel: Rosanna Deerchild, Leanne Simpson, Hope Nicholson, Paul Andrew, Laurie Sarkadi, Catherine Lafferty, Bassam
Moderator: Richard Van Camp
Free event

The Keynote address will address the role of words, writing, and storytelling on the journey to reconciliation. Reconciliation will be explored in the context of Indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians as presented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as a personal, social and global issue that is relevant to people in communities around the world.

One on One Mentoring
See authors schedule (coming soon)
Fee: $30.00
Register at the Yellowknife Book Cellar

Open Mike Event open mike icon 2
Northwords NWT Signature Event book icon 2
Writers Workshop hand pen