The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

The Second Annual Book Drunkard’s Writer’s Retreat!
Do you have a desire to write but just can’t seem to get started? Have you started writing a story but find it hard to stick with it? If so, join us this weekend as we reboot our writing practice! In addition, this event includes a ticket to our brunch with Zalika Reid-Benta!
Whether you are a writer just beginning to discover your voice or in the midst of a project needing time and space to move forward, this retreat is for you. Maybe you hope to create a memoir, or maybe you’ve got an idea for a work of nonfiction. It could be a novel, or a short story or maybe . . . maybe you aren’t sure what it is you are writing yet, you just know that you have a story to tell. Whatever is the case, this weekend through a series of guided writing prompts and practices we will get you writing and instill in you a sense of confidence and a commitment to your work moving forward.
8:30 – 9:00 Arrival (Coffee/Tea and Snack)
9 – 10:30 Why We Write
10:30 – 11:00 Break (Coffee/Tea and Snack will be provided)
11:00 – 12:30 Storylines: Plot Development
12:30 – 2:00 Lunch at Tin Cup (Independent)
2:00 – 3:30 Read Like A Writer I – The Architecture of Stories
3:30 – 3:45 Break (Coffee/Tea and Snack Will be provided)
3:45 – 5:00 Read Like A Writer II – Editing
5:30 – 7:00 Dinner at Urban Pantry (Independent)
11 – 1 Zalika Brunch
Meet with Zalika @ Wooden Sticks after brunch event probably 1ish but could be as late as 1:30-2
1:30 – 3:00 The Writer’s Toolkit I: Inspiration
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 The Writer’s Toolkit II: Perseverance


Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with an avid interest in the ways philosophy, literature and the visual arts overlap. After over 30 years in academe teaching and lecturing at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard and Oxford, she recently retired to be able to explore these points of intersection in non-academic settings.  Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.

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Blue Heron Studio

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Blue Heron Books was first opened in 1989. The Blue Heron Studio offers a creative space for learning, playing and a multitude of unique experiences.

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