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Carol Shields Festival of Voices

Inaugural Carol Shields Symposium on Women’s Writing:
Festival of Voices

University of Winnipeg,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 8-10, 2009

The Festival of Voices was a great success!  Thank you to those who came out to celebrate in the spirit of Carol Shields.  Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery for pictures from the symposium!


The Symposium has a three-part focus:
  • Activities aimed specifically at Celebrating Carol, her works and her legacy;
  • An Ideas and Issues component featuring writers, educators, publishers and readers participating in panel presentations, roundtable discussions, performances and workshops on topics related to Carol’s works and to contemporary issues in writing and other forms of artistic expression.
  • A Community and Connections component with involvement from established and emerging communities of writers, reading groups and students. This year the featured writing group will be the contributors to the three Dropped Threads anthologies.
Some of the specific events being planned include…
  • A Friday Night event co-sponsored by Random House Canada celebrating Carol and featuring tributes by Eleanor Wachtel and six of Canada’s well-known writers: Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Joan Barfoot, Sandra Birdsell, Lorna Crozier, Andrew Davidson, and Jane Urquhart;
  • A special day (Friday) and evening (Saturday) featuring the Dropped Threads contributors, writing workshops, readings, discussions and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with these established writers;
  • A staging of excerpts from two of Carol’s plays by a U of W theatre group and the Shoestring Players;
  • A ceremony on Sunday at the Carol Shields Labyrinth situated at King's Park here in Winnipeg;
  • Panels and presentations on a wide variety of topics given by national and local writers, by writing teachers, artists, educators, students and representatives from publishing, editing, and book marketing.  Participation from, and relevance for both, men and women.
An Invitation for you…

Come and join the University of Winnipeg, Random House Canada and the Dropped Threads contributors in celebrating a most beloved Canadian writer, Carol Shields, and in shining a light on the diverse wealth of our Canadian writing and artistic communities.

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Contact us at festivalofvoices@uwinnipeg.ca
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Please visit the symposium website frequently for updates.