Grad Track - The FOLD
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Grad Track

Networking and workshop opportunities for emerging writers and publishing professionals age 18-25.


The Festival of Literary Diversity’s Grad Track is a series of events designed specifically for emerging writers who are transitioning from secondary school to post-secondary or from post-secondary into the work force.

Emerging authors and future publishing professionals will spend the day with authors, peers and publishers, getting to know the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada


The Grad Track will take place on Saturday, May 2 with events at Algoma University’s Brampton campus, right next to the Rose Theatre. We recommend guests park at the Rose Theatre at 1 Theatre Lane. Algoma University is about 50 metres from the Rose Theatre and the entrances and washrooms are accessible to those using mobility devices.

The Grad Track begins at 10:30am with events running throughout the rest of the day. The schedule will be released on March 10 when registration opens.

Passes can be picked up at registration. Once scheduled events are over, passes can be used to get into evening events as well.

How to Register

The Grad Track is $20 per student. Registration opens on March 10.

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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