Inaugural Literary Event

NOWW Ask an Author

By Susan Rogers, Vice President of NOWW

Six authors. Three hours. Twenty minute conversations. That’s the format for a first-time event being held by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) at the Waverley Resource Library on February 24 from 1-4 pm. Readers, writers, and wannabe writers will have a chance to sit down for one-on-one conversations with one or more of these local authors. Instead of taking out a book, you can sign up to ask the authors questions!

Jean E. Pendziwol, author of The Lightkeeper’s Daughters and nine children’s books, says she’s ready to talk about the challenges of being a writer in the north. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to potentially support other writers on their journey,” she says. Pendziwol can also answer questions about pursuing traditional publication of children’s books.

Ma-Nee Chacaby says she wrote her book, A Two-Spirit Journey, because she wants to encourage other Indigenous people to write about their own lives. “We don’t talk or write enough about our own lives and history,” she says. An Ojibway-Cree elder, Chacaby is open to questions about writing her autobiography, which chronicles overcoming abuse and alcoholism, and coming out as a lesbian.

Indie writer H. Leighton Dickson has seven books published on Amazon, including the award-winning Dragon of Ash & Stars. She can answer questions about editing, the differences between traditional and indie publishing, and “how long is it until you start making money writing books?”

Other authors available for conversations at the Ask an Author event are Marion Agnew (creative nonfiction and short fiction), Michelle Krys (young adult fiction), and Jordan Lehto (playwriting).

Half of the time slots are available for pre-booking, and the rest will be open for walk-ins. To schedule a time, contact the library at 684-6816.