2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference – What a day!

I was going to blog about the Ontario Writers’ Conference today. I was going to talk about how wonderful a day it was, how amazing it was to be surrounded by writers of all stages and ages…how energetic it was to be among so many talented creative people. There was a buzz in the air and I wanted to write about it.

But I’m an organizer. I was in charge of registration for the event. I don’t want to blow my own horn—even though my part was so small. I don’t want to be a representative of the Ontario Writers’ Conference standing up and shouting, “Weren’t we great!” One, I’m not a braggart. Two, I get a tingle of argh! when I see people patting themselves on the back. Three, the magic of the day was as much about the registrants and the presenters and the speakers and the mentors and the media and the booksellers and the venue staff and the vendors and the student volunteers and the honorary patron and the agents and sponsors and the donors and everyone else as it was about the organizers. As organizers, we had but one goal. Make the day as special as we can make it. And that’s what the nine of us did. We tried our best.

I won’t write about all the things that happened at the conference. As much as I am HUGELY biased by my love of the event and my fellow volunteer organizers, I don’t want to spout on about how fabulous the 2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference was.

Instead, I will supply links from people who were at the conference and chose to write about it. I thank all of them now, not only for coming and making the event the success that it was, but also for writing about it. Thank you all for your kind words of support. We really do try our best to make this an event of creative inspiration for all who attend!







I will add more, if there are more. (-:

I want to thank everybody who had anything to do with the conference this year. Whether you were a registrant, a volunteer, a Blue Pencil mentor, a bookseller, a workshop presenter, a skit writer, an actor, a lecturer, a speaker, a reader, a vendor, a sponsor, or anyone I’m forgetting in this post…THANK YOU. You helped to make the day a special one.

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.


  1. Thanks Kevin.

    The Board and volunteers deserve so much credit and thanks for the success of the conference. The venue couldn’t be better – and the weather cooperated.

  2. I’ve never actually been to a writers conference. My plan is to go to one in England in 2013 as the budget doesn’t allow for that sort of travel outside of Spain for the next couple of years. I’ll have to also consider planning a visit back to Ontario around one of your conferences in upcoming years.

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