Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday September 25th, 2016 Celebration of the Written Word

Culture Days, an exciting Celebration of the Written Word of Northwestern Ontario is taking place in the Waverley Auditorium on Saturday, October 1 at 2pm. Presented by Thunder Bay Public Library and NOWW (Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop), this will be a celebration of the local and regional community of writers and storytellers. There is a rich history of writing in this area which has developed into the current environment of great storytelling. Join in this event and hear readings from a selection of stories created and published locally over the years, interspersed with a creative interactive storybuilding activity presented by members of NOWW. It will be a fun afternoon of stories, music and refreshments.  

NOWW is a group of writers both seasoned and novice who get together to provide inspiration and support.  TBPL and NOWW also join forces to bring you the Writers' Nights series. Dynamic readings of prose, poetry and nonfiction are presented by fine authors in our region. Qualified readers are chosen from amongst the membership. Join us for readings, workshops and open mic poetry with local writers. Readings and workshops are free and open to the public. Dates, times and locations can be found at or by visiting NOWW’s website at

Saturday, November 19 from 10am-3pm, you can join author H. (Heather) Leighton Dickson and award winning author Jean E. Pendziwol for an extended workshop covering the essential elements necessary for publishing a book.  The workshop will focus on children's, young adult, non-fiction, and adult books. The workshop is free but space is limited so register by going to

You will no doubt want to save the date for this upcoming event at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. On Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm TBPL, Lakehead University, NOWW, CBC Radio and of course the Thunder Bay Art Gallery are pleased to host the 6th Annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA). IFOA Ontario brings together the world's best writers of contemporary literature, presenting events across the province. Tickets ($15) for the Thunder Bay event will be available at the Waverley and Brodie Libraries and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. This year we welcome Thunder Bay’s own, Amy Jones, to share the stage with Cordelia Strube, Karen Connelly, and Andy McGuire. Call 684-6811 for more information.

As well as being the place to be to celebrate the written word, TBPL also has many great resources in its collection to help hone your writing skill.  Writing Fiction: a Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway is a bestseller through eight editions. Writing Fiction explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples.

Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel by Daniel Cooney is his brand-new book which gives detailed instruction in many aspects of graphic novel composition including creating characters and plots and transforming them into dynamic illustrations.

Writing and Selling Your Memoir: How to Craft Your Life Story So That Somebody Else Will Actually Want to Read It by Paula Balzer. This book talks the reader through the process of telling a personal story in a relatable and readable manner.

The library is the place to be, whether you are a reader or writer - you won’t want to miss any of the above events. You’ll find information about these events and others on TBPL’s website and online calendar at See you soon, @ Your Library.

Caron E Naysmith

No comments: