2018 Event Schedule

WordsThaw 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Words on Ice
7:30 – 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105


  • Julie Paul


    • Frances Backhouse
    • John Barton
    • Morgan Cross
    • Karen Enns
    • Bill Gaston
    • Dan MacIsaac
    • Joan MacLeod
    • Sheila Munro

Saturday, March 17, 2018
University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105

Being Liminal: Writing and Vulnerability (Panel 1)
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Writing is an act of communicating with the self, an act of opening, of witnessing, of being liminal—between spaces and places. This panel will explore how important it is for a writer to be vulnerable in order to write toward honesty and to explore truths both personal and of the world. When and how does the sensitive person turn to writing as a safe place? How can one explore personal experience with a view to eventually sharing that experience? What should readers expect when invited to enter this world of vulnerability and liminality?


Brief Encounters
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Buy your WordsThaw pass by noon on Friday, March 16 and you can sign up for a free Brief Encounter blue pencil session with one of six Victoria authors. Email malahat@uvic.ca with your preferred author and a one- to two-page sample of your writing. Each session is a 15-minute one-on-one critique of your work.


  • Rhonda Ganz (poetry)
  • Jason Jobin (fiction)
  • Cynthia Woodman Kerkham (poetry)
  • Isa Milman (CNF/poetry)
  • Susan Sanford Blades (fiction)
  • Candace Fertile (CNF/fiction)

Writing Victoria (Panel 2)
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For writers, the physical environment in which they work often feeds into their texts, and perhaps into their sense of what it means to write and belong to a community. This panel will look at the act(s) of writing in Victoria – its tradition and history, how and where it’s done now, and how it is celebrated and supported. We’ll discuss individuals and groups around the city working to influence and shape its writing culture, consider how this changes over time, and how a writing culture can be preserved.


Shaped by Islands (Panel 3)
3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

For many writers, islands have been a focus—either as the place where they live and work or as the theme or subject of their writing. “Shaped by Islands” will explore what it is about islands that draws writers and how it influences their writing. Are islands a psychological escape as much as a physical one?  Does an island offer entry into a different mindset, a fantasy world? How do you know you are on an island when you cannot “see” that you are? Three writers whose work involves islands will discuss these and other questions and talk about their particular experiences as “island writers.”


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Master Class with Carla Funk

Victoria Public Library, Oak Bay Branch

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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