Montalbano Family Theatre, Home of the Panels

comic talk: biography in comics

11:30am - 12:00pm

Joan Steacy, Aurora Borealice (Conundrum Press)

Sean Karemaker, The Ghosts We Know (Conundrum Press)

crime writers of canada: setting in crime fiction

12:05 - 1:05pm

Crime Writers discuss the importance of setting in Crime Fiction: Whether it's the mean streets of an urban jungle, a sleepy seaside town, or a mountain hideaway, setting can set the mood for a story and almost become a character in itself. In this panel hosted by Crime Writers of Canada, five Canadian crime writers will discuss their use of setting and how it affects thrillers, whodunnits, and other stories of suspense.

Moderator: David Poulsen

Panelists: A.J. Devlin, Winona Kent, Niall Howell, Paulette McCarthy

Cooking Panel: Secrets from the Pros

1:10 - 2:10pm

Moderator: Robert McCullough (Appetite by Random House)

Panelists: Rosie Daykin (owner of Butter Baked Goods Bakery Café and author of Let Me Feed You), Desiree Nielsen (registered dietician and author of the forthcoming Eat More Plants), Andrea Carlson (chef and author of the forthcoming Burdock & Co: Poetic Recipes Inspired by Ocean, Land & Air)

Our Presence: Creative Writing Teachers on Best Practices

2:15 - 3:15pm

Moderator: Jen Currin

Panelists: Betsy Warland, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Jónína Kirton and Cathy Stonehouse

What Poets Speak: A Conversation

3:20 - 4:20pm

Moderator: Rob Taylor

Panelists: Russell Thornton, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Raoul Fernandes


4:30 - 5:00pm

Jane Wittingham and Mark David Smith

Mark David Smith will talk about rejection, perseverance, and strategies for growth when it comes to getting published. Jane will talk about standing up for her work. In other words, don't compromise your work just because you're so glad you're getting published.