2016 Schedule



2016 Schedule



Thursday, May 5th, 2016


(extra fee of $75.00)

 7:45 – 8:45am         REGISTRATION

8:45 – 9:00am         Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – 10:00am         PANEL #1

Our biggest pet peeves about writers and their submissions

10:00 -10:15am           BREAK

10:15 -12:30             ROUNDTABLE No.1

One agent/editor and/or publisher will lead a table of 8-10 people at these sessions. Each writer presents 500 words and receives critiques from the leaders and their peers. (timer and staff at each table. Presenters must provide copies of their work for every person at the table.) Approximate time per person will be approximately 15-20 minutes per person. Last fifteen minutes will either be a wrap-up by the leaders or they answer questions.

12:30 -1:45pm        LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

                                    Enjoy the city. 


Synopsis: It’s not as difficult as you think.

2:45-4:45pm           ROUNDTABLE #2

4:45-7:00pm           DINNER ON YOUR OWN

3:00-7:00pm     “Wilkommen, Bien Venue –Welcome!

                   Official registration for conference

NB Those who attended the pre-conference roundtables are already registered and do not have to re-register.


Friday, May 6thTH


7:30-8:45am         Late Registration

8:45 – 9:15am Official Introduction and Welcoming the Drum

We started a tradition last year of opening the writers conference with a beautiful Indigenous peoples’ tradition called ‘Welcoming the Drum.” It is said that the drum represents the heartbeat of mother earth and the circle of life, and the beating of the drum is a calling for all peoples to join together in peace and harmony. Some say the beat of the drum has the power to change natural elements, including the weather. It is believed to have the power to heal sickness, and some believe it has the power to send messages both to the animal world and to the spirit world. It stirs the soul and we are so glad we’ll be able to continue this tradition with the Little Creek Singers!

9:15 -10:30am   MORNING SPEAKER : Lev Raphael

                 From the Private Page to the Public Stage: How to do a Reading
(Much more important to know how to do than you can imagine)

Writers are so used to working alone that being asked to do public readings can be very stressful. There’s no magic involved. Veteran Author Lev Raphael will break it down into five teachable skills that anyone can learn, even if you’re shy and haven’t had any public experience.     

10:30-10:45am              BREAK

10:45-12:00        Carol Rehme

Write Up Close And Personal: Penning Personal Essays/Stories/Memoirs  

This award-winning author, editor and ghostwriter has compiled anthologies for a number of publishers and knows the pitfalls of writing memoirs and personal stories and the rewards. She’s going to share her talent and tricks of the trade on how to write a great memoir/essay/story.

12:30-1:45pm             LUNCH

                       SPEAKERS: Nick Cutter and Andrew Pyper

         Oh the Horror of it! Writing suspense, intrigue, and horror. Andrew Pyper is known for his masterful suspense writing skills. Stephen King said of Nick Cutter…”He scared the shit out out of me!”  


Professor Rick Sykes

Writing with honesty, integrity, and above all, accuracy

Rick Sykes, the Director of the School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan spent career 17 years in television news serving in various on-air and management positions in mid-size and top ten markets and is the maven of mavens when it comes to writing a story correctly. One turn of a phrase or a single word can change the meaning of your story. He answers the question: how to tell any story but especially a news story with honesty, integrity and above all ACCURACY.

3:15-3:30pm BREAK


c) Tracy Beckerman:

Branding yourself for the market: taking your work and yourself to the next level:Tracy Beckerman, who writes the syndicated column Lost in Suburbia knows firsthand how branding yourself can help you take your column or blog to the next level. In this session, she will show you how defining and surrounding your brand legally, promotionally, and across multiple social media platforms can help you grow your readership, increase your writing opportunities and make more more money.

6:15pm               DINNER !!!!!!!!CINCO DE MAYO BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Join us for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

We are so thrilled to announce that Mr. Alberto Bernal, Mexican Consul to Canada, has graciously offered to present a wonderful, authentic Mexican meal on Friday, May 6th to commemorate the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

Cinco de Mayo – the fifth of May – commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, this holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas of large populations of Mexican-Americans. Some of the traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. Mexican Consul to our region, Alberto Bernal, will be on hand to discuss this festivity with us.

This celebration is included with your conference fees.

SPEAKER: Tara Beagan

                                   Devising Work for Divisive Issues
There’s a flood of human warmth and compassion in anything Tara Beagan creates. In ‘In Spirit’ [formerly Quilchena], the simple, moving tale of a murdered native girl who relives her last hours on earth, she used expressive imagery to paint a consciousness that moves from innocence to experience. If you want theatre with heart, Beagan’s a sure bet.” Who better to speak about this topic? We couldn’t think of anyone. She is one of this conference’s all time favourite and intelligent people! Immediately following Tara’s talk will be a reading of Article 11’s highly acclaimed  IN SPIRIT

Sera-Lys McArthur (photo by Shirin Tinati) stars

ARTICLE 11’s In Spirit

Beagan’s writing is detailed and lively, McArthur’s performance open and generous, subtly revealing the love that this child knows and shares. Just as important to the show’s success is Andy Moro’s production design: the hard but beaten metal backdrop, projections of imagery from the past and carefully placed sounds, including the bike’s bell. In Spirit, though perfectly straightforward, packs a cumulative emotional wallop”     -Jon Kaplan, NOW magazine

 Article 11:

ARTICLE 11 was conceived in July of 2013, and registered as a not-for-profit organization* in September of 2013. That month we executed our first commission. We, Tara Beagan and Andy Moro, have come together as ARTICLE 11 to channel our mutual desire to pursue the creation of live performance works with a holistic approach and a rigorous attack. We create well-resourced works, with an inclusive model inspired by traditional Indigenous ways of living. Our projects are inter-generational, working to fill the dearth of Indigenous designers, arts managers and directors through paid apprenticeships. Our projects are an investment in the development of the contemporary Indigenous theatrical canon. They challenge us, our peers, veteran and emerging artists as well as non-artist stakeholders of the broader community.

Discussion to follow




9:00-10:30am MORNING SPEAKER: Brian Henry
Query Letters, Query Letters, Query Letters!!!!
Learn how to write query letters that get a yes. Brian has also graciously offered to do a one on one clinic with the first twenty query letters that arrive with registration to the conference.

10:30-10:45am Break

Suzette Martinez Standring:
Make your blog a go-to resource. Compelling content is a mix of vivid storytelling, offering new facts, sharing a novel viewpoint, and evoking emotion from the reader. Learn from the strategies of Pulitzer Prize winning writers and fuel a faithful readership.

12:45-2:00pm LUNCH
Who’s on First by Kelly Fordon
One of the first things to consider when crafting your story or novel is who is this story about? Who is the narrator? Who is the protagonist? Is the narrator also the protagonist? If so, how does one negotiate the distance between them? During this lecture, we’ll discuss points of view and how various authors made the decision to utilize first, second or third person as well as discussing the implications these choices have on your own stories.

Marcia Fine
What about research and Publishing?
Marcia discusses her experiences with publishers and self-publishing: she had three agents and four publishers before she started her own publishing company, Limage Press. When the publisher of PAPER CHILDREN–An Immigrant’s Legacy, went out of business, she decided she didn’t want the uncertainty of the publishing world. Fortunately, she had negotiated to keep the rights. Otherwise, that novel would be gone forever. Besides making the covers of the books cohesive she wanted control over the interior design, printing, publishing dates and marketing.

3:15-3:30pm BREAK


Carol Rehme
Author, Edit Thyself: Hints, tricks and RULES
After writing and editing thousands of stories for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and countless other books, Carol knows her way around editing a story, be it under a thousand words or a full length manuscript.

SPEAKER: Yale Strom

Yale Strom is a brilliant writer/researcher and is the world’s leading ethnographer-artist of Klezmer and Roma music and history. Strom’s klezmer research was instrumental in forming the repertoire of his klezmer band, Hot Pastromi, based in New York and San Diego. Since 1981, he has composed original New Jewish music that combines klezmer with Khasidic melodies, as well as Rom, jazz, classical, Balkan, Arabic and Sephardic motifs. In 2006, he was appointed artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. Prior to this Strom taught at New York University. He will be discussing his experiences as a writer/researcher. A brilliant man! He will also be incorporating some of his music into the discussion.

RECEPTION with a KB Jazz Trio and a new contest!
We are having a fifth contest this year! On the Saturday night at our evening of celebration we are having a ‘liquid’ tasting and desserts galore table. 500 words or less to describe your favourite dessert and/or wine. Prizes! Check out our website to see the other four contests. The winners of those contests get free registration to the 3rd Windsor International Writers conference in 2017. 

11:00pm                     END OF DAY TWO



Sunday, May 8thth — What’s the Bottom Line?

9:00am – 10:15am PANEL DISCUSSION:  How it Works

Author to Editor to Agent to Publisher

10:15 – 10:30am BREAK

10:30am – 11:30pm Hello! I must be going!!

Announcement of Contest winners and Final Thoughts


1:30pm – 4:30pm

Topic: Screenwriting Presentations and Panel

Theodore Bezaire
Theodore has written and directed award winning films that have screened around world and has worked with some of Canada’s most reputable organizations such as CBC, Corus Entertainment, Bravo!FACT and Telefilm Canada. His work has been broadcast on The Movie Network, Movie Central, HBO, Super Channel, IFC, and The Sundance Channel.

Mark Galvin
Mark Galvin

As a Professional Engineer and Lawyer Mark has a ‘day job’ in addition to also being a husband and father; he attempts to follow this passion when everyone has gone to bed and his laptop beckons. Many of his scripts have placed well in competition (Academy Nicholl Competition, Screencraft, Kairos Prize, Zoetrope, Page) and he is actively pursuing that first sale.

Other panelists to be announced.

Session Facilitator
Amanda Gellman, MANAN Strategy / MANAN Media

Amanda sits on the Conference Steering Committee and additionally serves as Chair of the Windsor Centre for Film Digital Media & the Creative Arts and Producer of the Film Camp for Kids & Youth.