Words come alive at the Calgary 2014 Writers’ Weekend

Writing was in the air on Feb. 1 as the Calgary Public Library hosted its annual Writers’ Weekend.

Hosted at the John Dutton Theatre in the downtown central library, the event drew readers and writers alike for six presentations and workshops on writing.

Canadian born bestselling author Jodi McIsaac was the opening speaker for the conference.

Best known for her Thin Veil series, McIsaac spoke on writing and publishing fantasy.

“As a writer the characters came first for me,” said McIsaac as she explained her fantasy writing process.

“World building on the other hand was a bit of a struggle.”

After her 45-minute presentation, the author said she was impressed by how many people were in the crowd and how professional the conference was.

“I was so impressed with the theatre that the library had to offer for the conference,” said McIsaac.

“I thought it was going to take place in some tiny back room.”

In addition to the conference speakers, the Writers’ Weekend also included a resource fair.

A total of 13 vendors took part, setting up tables just outside the conference theatre to enlighten individuals on Calgary’s local writing organizations.

Some of these vendors included the Alberta Playwrights Network, Calgary Association of Freelance Editors, Alexandra Writers Centre Society, Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America, Crime Writers of Canada, Calgary Crime Writers, and the Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association.

For information on upcoming Calgary Public Library events and on goings individuals can check out their blogs here.

Words Come Alive: Jodi McIsaac speaks about her fantasy writing process at the 2014 Writers Weekend. (Photo by Erin Torrance/The Press)
Words Come Alive: Jodi McIsaac speaks about her fantasy writing process at the 2014 Writers Weekend. (Photo by Erin Torrance/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Erin Torrance worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.