WordsThaw Panels: Saturday, March 17

Being Liminal
(10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Yvonne BlomerRobin StevensonMadeline SonikMichael Kenyon


Yvonne Blomer


Robin Stevenson, Madeline Sonik, and Michael Kenyon

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?

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

Micaela MafteiHeather Dean - Author PhotoJill MargoCarl Cavanagh


Micaela Maftei


Heather Dean, Jill Margo, Carl Cavanagh

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
(3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.)

Carol MatthewsJudyLeblanc_026-2jStreetlyAuthorPicBowering, Marilyn


Carol Matthews


Judy LeBlanc, Joanna Streetly, Marilyn Bowering

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.”

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