Leading authors will share their experiences at the Burlington Literary Festival


Published October 2, 2023 at 12:39 pm

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Guest BurlLITFest authors Jennifer Robson, Perdita Felicien, and R.H. Thomson.

Canadian actor R. H. Thomson in conversation with author and journalist Ian Brown highlights a number of discussions and workshops that will take place during the Burlington Literary Festival.

Thomson, who has appeared in films and theatre across Canada in his five-decade career, will use his book By the Ghost Light to explore stories that shape who we are and how the past can influence future generations.

Brown, an award-winning writer, is a regular contributor to the The Globe and Mail and regularly hosts programs on TVO and the CBC.

The month-long festival, presented by the Burlington Public Library, begins in November and is a celebration of the written word and has grown in stature each year.

Welcoming a diverse array of authors, the event is meant to inspire and enlighten participants and encourage those who have a story to tell.

As well as Thomson and Brown, other author sessions include Women of Crime featuring crime fiction authors sharing their love of the genre, historical fiction writing with Jennifer Robson, and Olympic athlete Perdita Felicien discussing her life and career.

Registration for the event begins on October 18 and more detailed information about all activities can be found at BurlLITFest.

Here is the complete event lineup:

Author Talks

  • Women of Crime with Melodie Campbell, Vicki Delany, Jennifer Hillier & Hannah Mary McKinnon, Nov. 8
  • R.H. Thomson with Ian Brown, Nov. 9
  • Historical Fiction with Jennifer Robson, Nov. 13
  • Climate Justice in So-Called Canada, Nov. 14
  • Cozy Mystery Queen, Melodie Campbell, Nov. 15
  • Why Representation Matters in Writing with Sarah Raughley, Nov. 16
  • In Conversation with Alicia Elliott, Nov. 20
  • Art of Screenwriting with Chandler Levack, Nov. 22
  • The Truth About Migrant Work with Gabriel Allahdua, Nov. 23
  • Author & Athlete Perdita Felicien, Nov. 26
  • Is AI the End of Real Authors? with Navneet Alang, Nov. 27

Writing Workshops for Adults

  • The Writers Room with Brian Henry, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Writing a Memoir with Impact with Samra Zafar, Nov. 7
  • Journaling for Creativity & Wellness with Lynda Monk, Nov. 21
  • The Aspiring Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing with Karl Mamer, Nov. 26
  • BurlLITFest Open Mic, November 30

Writing Workshops for Kids

  • From Idea to Story with Sylvia McNicoll, Nov. 4
  • Draw with Feeling! with Jennifer Faria, Nov. 11
  • Prescription for Descriptions with Jennifer Maruno, Nov. 18
  • Writing in Rhyme with Lana Button, Nov. 25
  • Finish Strong! How to Write Endings with Jennifer Mook-Sang, Nov. 26


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