Wolastoq Speaker Series

Join us for lunch and literary conversation in downtown Fredericton! Support local restaurants while whetting your appetite with free, engaging talks by experts! All events start at noon – arrive early, buy your lunch, and dine on words! 

Tuesday September 19 – Cinnamon Café (469 King Street) – Cary Caffrey

Independent Publishing: Become a bestselling, professional writer — all on your own.
Indie-Publishing is now the first, best option for many professional writers looking to take charge of their careers. And for good reason, as Indie-books are dominating bestseller lists. But that doesn’t mean that challenges don’t still exist. Most books published online won’t sell a single copy, while others might sell by the tens of thousands, if not millions.


Wednesday September 20 – Abbey Café and Gallery/Red Rover Ciderhouse (546 Queen Street) – Mark Jarman

Endings are Tough: Confessions of a Fiction Editor.
Mark Jarman will talk about problems and solutions in story endings with examples from magazine stories, his own writing, and favourite endings in the works of established writers such as Alice Munro and Denis Johnson.


Thursday September 21 – Isaac’s Way (649 Queen) – Jo-anne Elder

Bridges and Thresholds
Translation is described most often in terms of loss and impossibility. In fact, everything in literature is at once translatable and untranslatable, and translation is an act of creative writing and invention. Jo-Anne will share her translations of poems by Christian Brun and talk about the translation process.


Friday September 22 – The Crowne Plaza Governor’s Room  (659 Queen Street) – Rebekah Chassé

Making the work live – techniques for reading your work for others
Delivering a reading of your work to the public can be a daunting task.  During this talk Rebekah will provide a guide for animating your written work through breathing and use of body language.