Words in 3D logoEdmonton’s Words in 3D conference runs from May 22 to 24 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. It’s the second edition of the unique conference that connects writers, editors, publishers, and agents from across Canada. This year’s theme is Intersections and focuses on how each profession’s work with words intersects with other disciplines. Professional development and networking provide valuable perspectives on topics of interest relevant to the literary community in Edmonton and elsewhere.


Pre-Conference Workshops

The event starts with pre-conference workshops on Friday, May 22. The morning topics include stoking creativity, writing and editing diverse characters, and travel writing. The afternoon features workshops on screenwriting, substantive editing, and inventive marketing.  Workshop presenters are experts in their field and ready to share their knowledge and experience with participants who want to improve their skills.

Exciting Keynotes

Each of the three keynotes showcases a different aspect of the literary field. At the Friday evening opening reception, celebrated author Andrew Pyper will share his stories about the writing life and the ups and downs of working in an unpredictable industry. He will also discuss the importance of the writer in the writer-editor-publisher relationship.

On Saturday morning, Canadian publishing and editing icon Douglas Gibson will regale the audience with tales of working with Canada’s greatest writers and most influential publishers. Focusing on the evolution of editors and their roles, he will offer insights into where the publishing industry has been and where it will go next.

On Sunday morning, Cory Beatty, Marketing Director for HarperCollins Canada, will share his views on the intersections between writers, editors, publishers, booksellers, and readers and how they are all crucial for the continued success of the publishing industry.

These three keynote speakers will also be session panelists during the conference:

 Andrew Pyper Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of six bestselling novels. His most recent publication
is The Damned (February, S&S) and prior to that The Demonologist, which was a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the International Thriller Writers Award. Andrew’s other books include Lost Girls (Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel), The Killing Circle (a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year), and The Guardians (a Globe and Mail Best 100 pick). He lives in Toronto.
 doug-gibson Douglas Gibson started as an editor in 1968, became the Managing Editor at Doubleday Canada, then Editorial Director of Macmillan of Canada. Despite taking the role of publisher in 1979, he defiantly continued to work as an editor—a practise he has continued since. He founded Douglas Gibson Books in 1986, and became the Publisher of McClelland & Stewart in 1988, until retiring in 2008. He continues to edit authors like Alice Munro, while developing his  own writing career. Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and  Others (ECW Press) was published in 2011.
 Cory-Beatty  Cory Beatty is marketing director at HarperCollins Canada. As a publishing professional with over 10 years of experience, Cory has worked with hundreds of  high-profile authors, including Lawrence Hill, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Emma Donoghue, and Margaret Trudeau; and on four Canadian Marketing Association Award-winning campaigns. Under Cory’s management, HarperCollins Canada has built the largest Twitter following of any publisher in Canada. (@corybeatty)

Something for Everyone

Sessions throughout the weekend are organized into streams: one each for writing, editing and publishing. Participants can attend sessions in one or all of these streams.  A fourth stream brings participants the lighter side of the literary world with sessions on story slamming, industry bloopers, and even meditation for creativity.

One-on-One Opportunities

Although many group events are scheduled, the conference also offers opportunities for one-on-one sessions through two popular features that are returning this year: Blue Pencil Café and Pitch Camp.

Blue Pencil Café facilitates one-on-one mentoring where an experienced writer/editor/publisher (the mentor) meets with a conference participant (the mentee) who may ask for general or specific feedback on a short piece of writing or may choose to chat with the mentor about a pertinent or perplexing aspect of the business.

Pitch Camp facilitates business intersections between writers and editors or publishers. An editor or publisher (the catcher) who represents a magazine or publishing house meets a conference participant (the pitcher) who presents a project pitch to the catcher to consider. All catchers are actively open to submissions, so this is a valuable opportunity for participants to find a publishing home for their project.

 Words in 3D 2015: Intersections is an exciting literary event that offers something for everyone in the publishing industry. It’s really three conferences in one.

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