This weekend, May 24-26 was loaded with talented writers, editors and publishers all convening at the Robins Health Learning Centre at McEwan University in Edmonton. Saturday’s keynote address by Rosemary Shipton got to the heart of the three dimensions and how they all work together to create the books and ebooks everyone loves. To summarize Rosemary Shipton’s said: without authors, we wouldn’t have writers and publishers, they are the foundation of the three-dimensional structure.
With the advances in the Internet as a platform for publishing, there are more opportunities for writers who can now play with the standard format of the narrative and create something new. Editors needs to keep on top of technology and become skilled in programs such as InDesign and XHTML, and publishers have to navigate their way and develop new business models for e-publishing.
The weekend included several sessions on topics related to one, two or all three dimensions and there were some major players from the industry including, Canadian author—Alistair MacLeod, editor and writer at Writer’s Digest—Chuck Sambuchino, and associate publisher at Greystone Books—Nancy Flight.
The conference also included the well-received: Pitch Camp, where writers got one-on-one time with editors and publishers from multiple magazines and presses; Blue Pencil Café where participants could ask authors and editors questions about writing or the profession; and the Writers’ Circus where participants could observe or perform poetry, prose, memoir, and opinion with humor. The Alberta Book Awards Gala and dinner also took place on Saturday evening where authors and publishers were honored with the Alberta Literary Awards, Alberta Book Publishing Awards and the Alberta Reader’s Choice Award.
It was a packed weekend that left participants buzzing with excitement on the future of the three dimensions in the context of the digital age. See www.wordsin3d.com for more info.
by Nicole Basaraba: Writer, Traveller, Communicator for mediamag.ca