In classic Atlantic Canadian style, the FogLit Festival was a party! Free food and drink for the attendees, lots of laughs and such great company. I read at the Novel Tea event in the Stone Church on Friday, September 29, with Bridget Canning, Jan Wong and Grace O'Connell. What an honour! Jan read from her book Apron Strings about her travels with her son through France, Italy and China to learn about the cuisine and culture of each nation. Bridget read from her debut novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, about an accidental heroine in St. John's, and Grace read from her second novel, Be Ready for the Lightning, which takes a frightening situation, the hijacking of a bus, to show that even in extreme circumstances we can still offer compassion.
On Saturday, I presented a workshop on writing short fiction. Thanks to the participants for showing up ready and eager to put into practice some of the tips I shared about the craft of writing a short story. I was impressed by the diversity of the participants, both in terms of demographics (from a tween to retirees) and writing styles (horror, literary fiction as well as elaborate shopping lists!).
I want to send a huge thank you to Andrea, Laura, Carole, John, Kathryn and the countless others who worked so hard to make the festival a success. I cannot praise them enough for their dedication and kindness. Saint John residents are so lucky to have a festival like FogLit, and I encourage writers from across the region to check it out next year.
I'm sharing a few photos of the city to whet the appetite. First, a view of a cruise ship sailing out of the harbour. Then, the Saint John Free Public Library, where the workshop was held. The title screen from my deck for the workshop and a picture of the reversing rapids just outside the city.
A writer's journey