24. LIFE AS AN EMERGING WRITER
Three emerging writers from Audible’s Indigenous Writers Circle discuss their plans and pursuits in a conversation about the real life challenges of navigating the publishing industry as an emerging writer. Moderated by January Rogers.
Date: May 3, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
The 2023 festival will run from April 30 – May 7. Dedicated virtual programming on our innovative, online platform will run April 30 – May 3, while in-person events — many of which will also be live-streamed and available on-demand for virtual audiences — will run May 4-7.
A Virtual Festival Pass gives guests access to more than 20 virtual events which can be viewed from the website or through our festival app designed for mobile devices. In addition to festival events, virtual passes provide users with direct access to more than a dozen vendors in our festival exhibitor hall. Guests who purchase a virtual pass can also participate in trivia times, roundtable discussions and our new festival after-parties, which will follow all of our evening events.
An In-Person Festival Pass gives users access to all of our virtual events as well as our standard in-person events in Brampton, Ontario on Saturday, May 6.
This year, the festival includes three in-person Specialty Events – the Dine N’ Draw on May 4, the Literary Cabaret on May 5 and our Historical Fiction High Tea on May 7. Tickets for these events are not covered with our passes and are only available until April 30.
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Jessie Conrad is an emerging Author enrolled in an MA degree in community engagement. She was part of the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle 2022, a 2008 CBC Non Fiction Reader for CBC Books and published her first story, “Where They Belong“, in 2012. Currently she’s writing a speculative fiction novella, Fish Bait. Born in Windsor, Ontario she has also lived in Yellowknife, Vancouver and Edmonton. Being part of the communities she lives in is instrumental to her writing practice, as is receiving mentorship from established authors and peers.
Julian Martin is a Two-Spirited Indigenous Man. Julian has always been passionate about writing and storytelling from a very young age. Julian describes himself as an aspiring Author who strides to share the unheard voices of Indigenous people. His goals is to share knowledge and awareness of the Indigenous people of Turtle Island (Best known as North America) His stride is to encourage the younger generation to be open and proud to call themselves Indigenous. By sharing stories from the young age point of view and from the modern world.
January Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora poet, media producer, performance and sound art-ist. She lives on her home territory of Six Nations of the Grand River where she operates Ojistoh Publishing and Productions.
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