Main Content

2024 NorthWords NWT Writers Festival

We are gearing up for the 19th annual edition of our NorthWords NWT Writers Festival from May 30 to June 2, 2024. This year's Festival will feature a diverse lineup of readings, panel discussions, and writing workshops. 

2024 NorthWords NWT Writers Festival
May 30 - June 2, 2024, Yellowknife, NT

Event Schedule

May 30

Gather: A Spoken Word Open Mic (All Ages!)

Hosted By:
Cassandra Blondin Burt
Time:
6:30pm
Location:
Sundog Trading Post
Cost: FREE
Event at Sundog

This is a wonderful opportunity for writers, poets, and storytellers to share their work with a captivated audience. Whether you're a seasoned spoken word artist or taking your first steps into literary events, our stage is open to all. Audience members will be surprised by readings…

Full Event Details
May 30

An Evening with Dr. Marie Wilson & Stephen Kakfwi

Hosted By:
Hay River NWT Centennial Library
Time:
7:00pm
Location:
Hay River NWT Centennial Library
Cost: FREE
north_of_nowehere

Readings from North of Nowhere: Song of a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner (House of Anansi Press) and Stoneface: A Defiant Dene (Caitlin Press) followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.

Copies of the books will be available…

Full Event Details
May 31

Writers Retreat

Hosted By:
Robyn Scott
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: $75.00
About Image

Dive deep into a writer’s world at the first NorthWords NWT Writers Retreat. This all-day event will feature published authors who will share their trade secrets to help you navigate the world of writing. Join NorthWords and guest authors Waubgeshig Rice, Carol Rose GoldenEagle, Richard Van Camp…

Full Event Details
May 31

Literary Lunch Break

Hosted By:
Megan Wood
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Yellowknife Books
Cost: FREE
Northwords

Experience the power of storytelling at the NorthWords NWT Literary Lunch Break! Local and visiting authors will read excerpts from their published works, whisking you away from Yellowknife for a lunch time retreat. This intimate gathering is a perfect chance to connect with the voices…

Full Event Details
May 31

Workshop: Poetry as Memory

Hosted By:
BACupNorth
Time:
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
BACupnorth logo

Caribbean-Canadian poet and spoken word artist Brandon Wint will explore some of the many approaches through which memory and imagination can come together to create rich poetic memoirs. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will explore the nuances of their lineages and family histories, and…

Full Event Details
Author(s)
Brandon Wint
May 31

Northwords Showcase

Hosted By:
Shannon Scott
Time:
7:30pm - 9:45pm
Location:
Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
Cost: $20.00
Writer event

Come to NACC for an evening of imagination and inspiration as we kick off our 19th Annual Writers Festival. This showcase features a series of stage readings by local and visiting authors, each sharing captivating excerpts from their latest works. Engage with the stories that have…

Full Event Details
June 1

Workshop: The Healing Power of Fiction and How to Design Characters with Richard Van Camp

Hosted By:
Richard Van Camp
Time:
10:00am - 11:30am
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: $10.00
Richard Van Camp

Join Richard Van Camp for a hilarious and inspiring workshop on how to design your characters for fiction and graphic novels, and how to use fiction to approach your most vulnerable stories. For ages 16 and up.



 

Author(s)
Richard Van Camp
June 1

Panel Discussion: Indigenous Feminisms in Literature

Hosted By:
Cassandra Blondin Burt
Time:
10:00am - 11:30am
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
panel discussion

This session brings together distinguished Indigenous authors who will explore the intersections of identity, culture, and feminism within Indigenous literary works. Engage with the panelists as they discuss how Indigenous womxn's voices are shaping contemporary literature and…

Full Event Details
June 1

Live Drawing Demonstration with Alison McCreesh

Hosted By:
Alison McCreesh
Time:
11:45am - 12:45pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
Alison McCreesh

Join illustrator Alison McCreesh for a fun, family friendly interactive activity. Watch your ideas grow on the page as she creates an illustration with your input!

 

Author(s)
Alison McCreesh
June 1

Panel Discussion: Understanding Our World Through Comics & Graphic Novels

Hosted By:
Amber Henry
Time:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
panel discussion

This session features a lineup of talented graphic novel authors who will delve into the craft of graphic novel storytelling. Panelists will explore their creation process, their personal work, as well as sharing personal advice and experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned graphic novel…

Full Event Details
June 1

Workshop: Fearless with Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Hosted By:
Carol Rose GoldenEagle
Time:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: $10.00
Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Too often, writers censor their words, worried about what other people might think.  Good writing requires honesty and raw emotion. This workshop aims to abandon the shackles.  You are not writing for the "conversation over formal dinner" crowd. Be bold.

June 1

Book Club: Moon of the Turning Leaves with Waubgeshig Rice

Hosted By:
Waubgeshig Rice
Time:
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
Yellowknife Public Library
Cost: FREE
Moon of the Turning Leaves

Join Waubgeshig Rice for a reading and discussion about his second novel with book club members. From the publisher Penguin Random House Canada: Twelve years after the lights go out . . . An epic journey to a forgotten homeland. The hotly anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel…

Full Event Details
Author(s)
Waubgeshig Rice
June 1

Panel Discussion: Arts Funding & Grant Proposals

Hosted By:
Travis Mercredi and Jeremy Emerson
Time:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
panel discussion

Navigating funding opportunities and grant proposals can be difficult for new and even established writers, but they're an important part of taking your work to the next level. Join us to discuss available grants, how to gather the needed information, expectations and deadlines.…

Full Event Details
June 1

Workshop: Poetry for Kids with Miranda Currie

Hosted By:
Miranda Currie
Time:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: $10.00
Miranda Currie

Local children's author and musician Miranda Currie will provide prompts for you to write your own poems for a young audience. She will also share some poems from her forthcoming poetry collection for kids, Sub-Arctic Silliness.

Author(s)
Miranda Currie
June 1

Workshop: Talking the Talk: A live performance workshop with Ivan Coyote

Hosted By:
Ivan Coyote
Time:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Top Knight
Cost: $10.00
Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote is the author of 10 collections of short stories, one novel, the co-editor of an anthology, a collection of letters, and the producer of four short films, six full-length theatre shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Still, Ivan makes most of their…

Full Event Details
Author(s)
Ivan Coyote
June 1

Blush: An Evening of Erotica & Sensual Spoken Word

Hosted By:
Robyn Scott
Time:
7:30pm
Location:
Top Knight
Cost: $25.00
Uhura Tease. Photo Credit Olivia Patterson

This popular NorthWords event is a saucy and titillating open mic event showcasing our guest authors Ivan Coyote and Carol Rose GoldenEagle, local writers and YOU! Featuring burlesque performers Stella Gams and Uhura Tease.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and performances start at 8 p.m. 19+ only…

Full Event Details
June 2

Panel Discussion: Unlocking Imagination: The Power of Children's Literature

Hosted By:
Richard Van Camp
Time:
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
panel discussion

Experienced children’s authors and illustrators gather to share their journeys and advice for creating stories with a Northern perspective that hold the attention and delight of young audiences.

June 2

Workshop: Making Up Rules as We Go - Memoir Structure with Helen Knott

Hosted By:
Helen Knott
Time:
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: $10.00
Helen Knott

We often think the literary permission to write as we want exists outside of ourselves - it doesn't. Join memoirist, Helen Knott, for an interactive discussion around creating a framework for your memoir to nestle into.

Author(s)
Helen Knott
June 2

Northern Narratives

Hosted By:
Elaine Gillespie
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
Jamesie Fournier

Hear stories and perspectives on the impact of storytelling from long-time Northerners at this lunchtime event hosted by Elaine Gillespie.

June 2

Storytelling with Shé & Jo

Hosted By:
Shé & Jo
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Yellowknife Visitor Centre
Cost: FREE
Shé & Jo

Family-friendly tales in French & English.

Shéhérazade & Joséphine are two story-catchers and story-gardeners who arrived in the North about sixty moons ago combined. 

Before meeting in Yellowknife, they eagerly listened to stories and tales from different places,…

Full Event Details
Author(s)
Shé & Jo
June 2

Family Storytime

Hosted By:
Amber Henry
Time:
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
Yellowknife Visitor Centre
Cost: FREE
Family Storytime

Come and share the magic of stories with your children at this free event featuring wonderful books read by the authors.

June 2

Workshop: From Spoken To Written: Adapting Oral Storytelling To Literature with Waubgeshig Rice

Hosted By:
Waubgeshig Rice
Time:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: $10.00
Waub Rice

Passing stories down orally from generation to generation is a foundational cultural practice for people around the world. Today, writers capture, adapt, and document spoken stories in many ways. In this workshop, Waubgeshig Rice discusses how the oral stories of his Anishinaabe…

Full Event Details
Author(s)
Waubgeshig Rice
June 2

Closing Words: Writing for Change

Hosted By:
Robyn Scott
Time:
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Explorer Hotel
Cost: FREE
panel discussion

Join all NorthWords guest authors for a thunderous and uplifting festival close on writing for social change. What power do our words have to foster change around us today? Is the pen still mightier than the sword?

 

June 2

Book Launch: North of Nowhere - Song of a Truth & Reconciliation Commissioner

Hosted By:
Time:
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Yellowknife Books
Cost: FREE
north_of_nowehere

Join Dr.Marie Wilson for the launch of her first book, North of Nowhere - Song of a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner.

Author(s)
Dr. Marie Wilson