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      Pen, Polish & Publish: An Author's Symposium in Brantford

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      April 27, 2019

      Saturday  10:00 AM

      173 Colborne Street
      Brantford, Ontario N3T 2G8

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      Pen, Polish & Publish: An Author's Symposium

      The Brantford Writers' Circle and the Brantford Public Library are bringing together some of Brantford's most successful authors and aspiring writers for a day of fellowship and development. Join us for workshops on writing, methods for improving technique, and taking steps to get your work published!  See below for details and options. The Symposium (Free) 10:00 am  Registration at Brantford Public Library  10:30 am  Ken Lefevbre, Welcome and Orientation  11:00 am  Plenary Speaker Sean Dixon, Resilience: On Publishing Literary Novels and Writing Plays  12:00 pm  WorkshopsOption 1 - CA King, Marketing Yourself As An Indie Author Option 2 - Larry Brown, Mining for Material: Getting That Book Started  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Swap & Shop Book Sale 2:00 pm  WorkshopsOption 1 - Carl Wilson, Navigating by Taste: A So-Called Life in Cultural Criticism  Option 2 - Krista Foss, Crafting Unforgettable Characters  3:00 pm WorkshopsOption 1 - Melodie Campbell, The Business of Writing Bootcamp (Yes, It Is a Business!) Option 2 - Joan Callaghan, Crafting the Short Story  Author's Banquet ($40.00) 6:30 pm Cocktails at Sherwood Restaurant Featuring the Author's Carnival, a display of photos and novels by attending authors 7:00 pm First Annual Brantford Author's Dinner Presentations:Keynote Speaker Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, How Failing Grade Four Made Me a WriterMeet the Brantford Writer's CircleIntroduction of Authors The 2019 Arthur Lefebvre Award for Career Achievement by a Brantford AuthorLooking Ahead: Introducing The 2020 Sara Jeannette Duncan Award for Brantford/Brant Book of the Year   Note: tickets may also be purchased in person at the Brantford Public Library. Cash, debit and major credit cards accepted. FAQ Will there be onsite registration? Onsite registration will be available only if space permits. We recommend registering early to avoid disappointment.  Do I have to be a member of either the Brantford Writers’ Circle or the Brantford Public Library to attend? While we encourage membership at both, non-members are welcome. I’m a published author. How do I reserve a table in the Swap & Shop? Congratulations! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to publish your work, and we look forward to working with you. Please contact Robin Harding at or 519-756-2220 ext. 356 for more information on taking part. Your inquiry may be redirected to a representative from the BWC as appropriate. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the Symposium? Limited street parking is available in the immediate area around the Brantford Public Library. Alternatively, a municipal parkade is located directly behind the Main Branch at 59 Icomm Drive, Brantford, Ontario, N3S 7N9. There is no fee to park in this structure on weekends. Directions and information on visiting the library are available at The BWC has reserved a room at the Sherwood Restaurant, located at 799 Colborne Street in Brantford, Ontario, N3S 3S3 for the Author’s Banquet. Free parking is available at the side and back. What are the dining options at the Author’s Banquet? Table service will include Mixed Greens Salad with Italian Dressing, Dinner Rolls and Butter, and a Pickle Tray. The Sherwood Restaurant's buffet service features Roast Top Sirloin of Beef (carved to each person), Au Jus, Slightly Breaded Chicken Breast, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots, and Green Beans Almandine. The dessert buffet offers Lemon Pie, Assorted Cheesecakes, Hot Apple Crumble, and Fresh Fruit.  Beverage options will include Coffee, Tea, and a Cash Bar.  Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter these events? No, however please be advised that workshops are intended for adults (ages 16+) and attendees are responsible for their own transportation to both the Symposium and the Banquet. Alcohol may be consumed with dinner and the BWC reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who is intoxicated, disruptive, or unable to provide proof of legal drinking age. Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? Can I update any changes to my registration information? Absolutely. Please contact Robin Harding at or 519-756-2220 ext. 356 to adjust your registration. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact Robin Harding at or 519-756-2220 ext. 356 for questions about tickets and the venues. Questions about the symposium itself may be directed to a representative from the Brantford Writers’ Circle.

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