Niagara Falls Writer's Festival

since 2018


Welcome Writers

Niagara Falls Writers Festival

Saturday, October 19, 2019

All workshops are FREE to attend; although, it is recommended that you fill out the registration form on this page as seating is limited.


Victoria Library Branch

Memoir Writing: 11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Presented by: Kathy Dobson

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Vanier Scholar, contributor to the CBC

Professor – School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University

Host of The Poverty Report

Books: With A Closed Fist: Growing Up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood

            Kicking & Punching: Leaving Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood

            The History of Whistle Blowing


Building A Platform:  1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Charlotte King, President of the Canadian Authors Association Niagara Branch

Topic: Self -Publishing and Marketing presented by award winning poet and popular Romance Novelist - Rusty Blackwood

Topic: Growing the Audience presented by Taylor Peebles published poet, member of the Welland Arts Council and creative force of the monthly open mike program ‘Poetry Takes the Nite’

Topic: The Joy of Editing presented by Mercedes Killeen published poet and editor for Grey Borders Books



McBain Community Centre Library Branch

All You Need To Know About Writing A Poem, 11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Getting Published and Much More: Presented by: Darrell Epp

Sought after speaker and Canadian Poet whose poetry has appeared in over 100 publications on six Continents.

Books:  Imaginary Maps

            After Hours

            Sinners Dance


Crafting Your Own Blackout Poetry: 1.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Topic: A creative activity for youth aged from 8 to 14. Younger children are welcome if accompanied by an older sibling or parent for an afternoon of fun. Come and create your poem using old book pages, paint markers, sharpies, magazines and stencils. Leave with your masterwork in a frame for all to enjoy.

Presented by: Rhiannon Barry 

Poet, Blogger, Artist, Art Therapist in training, and a Community Coordinator for a local Charity.



Stamford Library Branch


Open Readers Workshop: 11.30 a.m. –1.00 p.m.

Topic:  The Open Mike – You Can Write It and Read It Too

Various Readers


How To Write Collaboratively: 1.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Presented by: MA I DE

Jade Wallace and Mark Laliberte write together as MA|DE. Their work has appeared in Prism, Vallum, and Test Centre (Zed Press 2019)

Jade Wallace is completing an MA in English and Creative Writing at Windsor University and has run creative writing workshops.

Mark Laliberte has taught creative writing at the University of Toronto and Humber College. He is publisher of Popnoir Editions and Carousel.

Topic: Learn the art of writing collaboratively in an all age and family friendly environment. Join us whether as a beginning writer/poet or a veteran author along with a friend or a family member or just by yourself and participate in this exciting contemporary literary genre.



Book Fair:     11.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Located in the foyer of the Victoria Library Branch



An Afternoon Gathering At The Third Space Café

4345 Queen St, Niagara Falls

4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.


An after the workshops gathering in a coffee house setting.


Open Mike hosted by Taylor Peebles

All welcome to read along with the participants of the poetry contest.


Guest Author – Keith Inman

 Editor of The Banister, member of The Canadian Authors Association, The League of Canadian Poets, The Ontario Poets Society, and The Canada/Cuba Literary Alliance. Books:  SEAsia 2017, Layers of Limestone, The War Poems: Screaming at Heaven, A Stone with Sails, Tactile Hunters, The Way History Dries (coming soon).



Workshop Registration Form

Please select one morning and/or afternoon workshop:

Morning Workshops 11.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops 1.30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.