Fernie, B.C. – The stage is set and registration is now open for the fifth annual Fernie Writers’ Conference, July 17-24, 2011. Award winning author Marina Endicott and Juno award winning singer songwriter James Keelaghan are just two in the strong line up of instructors teaching at this years’ conference. Other instructors participating in this week long literary event include Aritha Van Herk, Myrna Kostash, Andreas Schroeder, Betty Jane Hegerat, Alison Calder and Sid Marty, as well as the Youth Program instructors Kim McCullough and Monica Meneghetti. Intimate classes of three and five-day writing workshops set in beautiful surroundings form the backbone of the Conference with sessions on fiction, non-fiction, songwriting, and poetry. An integral part of the conference is the youth component, with 3-day workshops offered to budding writers in a fun, informal setting. All workshops are complemented by readings, panel discussions and literary events creating an educational experience for writers and readers alike. Through the generous support of our sponsors, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. The Fernie Writers’ Conference is a celebration of writers and writing culminating in a two day literary festival open to the general public with readings from Endicott, Alison Calder, Sid Marty and others. A full schedule of events is posted on the Fernie Writers’ Conference website at www.ferniewriters.com.
Registration for The Fernie Writers’ Conference is now open, and the society offers scholarship opportunities for early registrants and those in need of financial assistance. The Conference runs from July 17th through the 24th with a two-day Literary Festival on the 22nd and 23rd of July.
All courses take place at Fernie Alpine Resort and Conference and Festival events are in Historic Downtown Fernie and nestled in the majestic mountains at Island Lake Lodge.
Our core courses include:
Creating Character with Marina Endicott
Fabricating Fiction with Andreas Schroeder
Creative Non-Fiction with Myrna Kostash
Songwriting with James Keelaghan
The Unlikeliest Story with Aritha Van Herk
Writing in Place, Poetry with Alison Calder
Finding the Want, Defining Desire, Fiction with Betty Jane Hegerat
Youth Writing Workshop with Kim McCullough
Word Candy with Monica Meneghetti