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June 14–17, 2018

Organized by a dozen writing industry groups, the Canadian Writers’ Summit will be a three-day event encompassing professional development seminars, panels, keynote presentations, policy discussions, public lectures, networking opportunities and social gatherings — in short, something for everyone. It will also include a day of programming from the annual Book Summit, which focuses on the publishing side of our sector.

 

Key Facts About CWS2018

Location

The Summit will take place at Harbourfront Centre, right on Toronto’s beautiful waterfront, with events being held both indoors and in tents outdoors.

Conference Rates

$145 1-Day Pass: Friday

  • All CWS sessions on Friday
  • Keynote: Margaret Laurence Lecture with Tomson Highway
  • Lunch on Friday

$145 1-Day Pass: Saturday

  • All CWS sessions on Saturday
  • Keynote: Virginia Pésempéo Bordeleau
  • Lunch on Saturday

$225 CWS Pass

  • All CWS sessions on Friday and Saturday
  • All Keynotes
  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday

$375 Early Bird: Book Summit + CWS Pass

  • NOTE: Early Bird pricing ends on April 17 (regular price: $395)
  • All Book Summit programming on Thursday
  • All CWS sessions on Friday and Saturday
  • All Keynotes
  • Lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

$20 Keynote: d’bi.young anitafrika

  • Single ticket to Keynote on Thursday

$20 Keynote: Margaret Laurence Lecture with Tomson Highway

  • Single ticket to Keynote on Friday

$20 Keynote: Virginia Pésemapéo Bordeleau

  • Single ticket to Keynote on Saturday

 

Partnering organizations

  • Book and Periodical Council
  • Canadian Authors Association
  • Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs
  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
  • International Festival of Authors
  • League of Canadian Poets
  • National Reading Campaign
  • Playwrights’ Guild of Canada
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada
  • Writers’ Trust of Canada
  • Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois

 

Program and Registration

The program features:

  • 70+ professional development sessions for writers covering craft, business, pedagogy, translation, and community building
  • 100+ speakers from across the country
  • 3 award-winning keynote speakers

Details, schedule, and speaker bios at canadianwriterssummit.com