The Word On The Street: Canada’s Urban Book Party

by Ian Sifton, Canada Blogger jaBlog!


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Halifax is one of several Canadian cities that will host WOTS later this month

Calling all young writers in Canada!  Have I got a story for you: The Word On The Street is coming to cities across the country later this month.

For those of you who don’t know, WOTS is an annual festival, celebrating reading and writing, promoting writers from across the country, and raising awareness about literacy issues.

Take a closer look at what’s happening at WOTS in Halifax, Nova Scotia this year…

To give you an idea of how popular these events are, more than 10,000 people flock to the Halifax event every year to see what’s in store. It’s a chance to share ideas, meet your favourite authors, and experience a showcase of amazing writing that includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, and magazines.

There is a spread of different exhibits from various publishers and organizations that you can explore. Some of these include: Teens Now Talk Magazine, Breakwater Books, and Nimbus Publishing, the largest English-language publisher east of Toronto.  A very popular stop for families is Story Time on Theodore Tugboat.  Take a free cruise aboard Theodore to listen to local authors as they read you their stories.  If you have questions concerning writing, publishing, or the editorial process, stop by the Editors Canada booth.  Here, members of the Editors’ Association of Canada will provide you another set of eyes and give advice for your story.

A must see activity at the festival is Pitch the Publisher.  Do you have an idea or manuscript that could use that added boost to get it off the ground?  The Atlantic Publisher’s Marketing Association is bringing back (by popular demand) this unique and lively pitch session, that offers potential authors a chance to present their book ideas to a panel of Atlantic-based publishers.  These experts will offer feedback on how to mould your story idea or manuscript so that it is in condition for publication.

The Halifax festival is happening on September 21st from 11am – 5pm at the Halifax Waterfront, near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Admission is FREE, but bringing some pocket money with you is recommended, in case you want to buy a book, or two, or seven.

And if you don’t live in Atlantic Canada, don’t worry.  Halifax is one of several Word On The Street festivals happening in conjunction across the country, in places such as Vancouver, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, and Toronto.



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