Nov 6-8th, 2020 – Memorial Park Library

Once upon a time (okay, 1976), a champion tennis player became critically injured in a skydiving accident. Top cybernetic scientists rebuilt her, using bionic parts to make her exceptionally strong and fast, with super-heightened senses. Jaimie Sommers was now the Six Million Dollar Woman, a high-school teacher who worked undercover as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence.

Seizing the opportunity to create Wordfest’s first writers conference, we couldn’t think of a better (or more unexpected) role model. The Bionic Women Writers Experience is the weekend getaway we all deserve to rebuild ourselves stronger, faster and with ’70s hair.

We’ve assembled an exclusive roster of fearless Canadians to help you break through your barriers: Gwen Benaway (Governor General’s Literary Award), Claire Cameron (longlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust and Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction), Kate Harris (RBC Taylor Prize) and Jenny Heijun Wills (Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize).

Are you an aspiring writer or an avid reader? An established author or an adventurous soul? An extroverted introvert or an introverted extrovert? This is the creative gathering for anyone who is curious about exploring and expressing their innate bionic powers.

Of course, you don’t have to identify as a woman or even have hair to be welcome. Bionic power is for everyone!

Unlearn with the best

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$180 gets you 460+ minutes of inspiration over 3 days with 6 Power House Writers

Sign up now to indulge in inspiring insights, uncensored conversations, priceless workshops and one-on-one mentorship with four of Canada’s fiercest writers. The Friday afternoon to Sunday morning conference package also includes a special feminist edition of Dick Lit’s Trivia Night and a bonus showcase featuring two of Spring 2020’s most-talked-about female authors, Tessa McWatt and Maria Reva.

Friday Night Showcase

We’ve assembled an exclusive roster of fearless Canadians to help you break through your barriers, whether you are an aspiring writer or an avid reader. Don’t miss this incredible night of inspiring insights and uncensored conversations with Gwen Benaway (Governor General’s Literary Award), Claire Cameron (longlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust and Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction), Kate Harris (RBC Taylor Prize) and Jenny Heijun Wills (Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize).

Work it Girl Workshops

With the conference pass, you can get exclusive access to not one, but two 90-minute workshops on Saturday, focused on your choices of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoir. The earlier you sign up, the best chance you’ll have of getting your first picks. (Of course, getting out of your comfort zone is a big part of being Bionic, so checking out new genres might lead to great rewards.)

Mentor Speed Dates

Writing is a solo art, but that doesn’t mean that we have to go it completely alone. Our extra goal is to connect you with like-minded, equally talented humans, not just for one weekend, but for the long run. Private registration link will be included with your pass order confirmation.

Dick Lit’s Trivia Night

We’ve brought back the world’s most engaging trivia competition for a special Bionic Women Edition, hosted by Canada’s most delightful literary Dick, Richard Kelly Kemick. You don’t have to memorize anything in advance, but our four Bionic authors from the Saturday sessions will will be on-hand throughout the evening to help kick your answers into the fourth dimension.

Saturday Night Party

Stay for the after-party immediately following Dick Lit’s Trivia Night! Writing is a solo art, but that doesn’t mean that we have to go it completely alone. Our extra goal is to connect you with like-minded, equally talented humans, not just for one weekend, but for the long run.

Sunday Morning Showcase

What better way to wrap up The Bionic Women Writers Experience than by raising the bionic inspiration bar. Don’t miss our bonus showcase featuring two of spring 2020’s most talked-about female authors.  

Critically acclaimed novelist Tessa McWatt turns her eye on herself, her body, and the world in a powerful new work of non-fiction, Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging. 

Maria Reva brings the dark absurdity of early Gary Shteyngart, the empathy of Miriam Toews, and the sly interconnectedness of Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno to a sparkling work of fiction inspired by her family’s own experiences in Ukraine in her book, Good Citizens Need Not Fear.

Friday, November 6

*Included in Conference Pass
2:30 PM
Mentor Speed Date: Friday Afternoon
Nov 06 @ 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Memorial Park Library, Basement Meeting Room

1221 2 St SW
7 PM
Bionic Women Writers Experience Friday Showcase
Nov 06 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
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Saturday, November 7

*Conference Pass Only
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9:30 AM
Non-Fiction Workshop with Kate Harris
Nov 07 @ 9:30 AM - 11 AM

Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon

1221 2 St SW
9:30 AM
Fiction Workshop with Claire Cameron
Nov 07 @ 9:30 AM - 11 AM

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
1 PM
Workshop with Gwen Benaway
Nov 07 @ 1 PM - 2:30 PM

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
1 PM
Memoir Workshop with Jenny Heijun Wills
Nov 07 @ 1 PM - 2:30 PM

Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon

1221 2 St SW
3 PM
Mentor Speed Date: Saturday Afternoon
Nov 07 @ 3 PM - 4:30 PM

Memorial Park Library, Basement Meeting Room

1221 2 St SW
6:30 PM
Dick Lit's Trivia: Bionic Women Edition
Nov 07 @ 6:30 PM - 9 PM

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW

Sunday, November 8

*Included in Conference Pass
10 AM
Bionic Women Writers Experience: Sunday Showcase
Nov 08 @ 10 AM - 11:15 AM

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
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