Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival Marketplace

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm


WOTS+ Festival Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Details to be announced |

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Teen Spirit

Featuring genre-based, interactive programming sessions which showcase great young adult books, authors, and artists Canada has to offer, this venue brings a fresh, fun, and youthful perspective to the festival.

Forget the Expected

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
A new perspective or two can complicate and enrich the stories we think we know. Laurel Croza, Susan Glickman, and Lori Weber situate characters outside the limits and conventions of teen drama.

Heartfelt Tales

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
First loves, forbidden loves, and learning to love yourself – teens go through it all and more. Check out stories by Hadley Dyer, Chantel Guertin, Isabelle Laflèche, and Alisha Sevigny that capture the beauty and pain of loving deeply.

In Medias Res

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
V. S. McGrath, Sarah Raughley, and David A. Robertson offer up the next chapters of their successful teen fantasy sagas.

Inspire Teen Reads Competition Finals

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Organized entirely by teenagers themselves, Inspire Teen Reads challenges 13 to 18-year old competitors to convince a panel of authors, publishing professionals, and you, the audience, to pick up the books they will champion through 5-minute prose, poetry, or spoken…

Second Life

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
How can today’s teens navigate grief, mourning, and shame in a difficult period of their lives? Writers Adam Garnet Jones, Regan McDonell, and Star Spider offer young adults heartfelt narratives that explore life, death, and the spaces in-between.

BAM! Youth Slam Team Showcase

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
BAM! Toronto Youth Slam is Toronto’s only monthly youth poetry slam providing a platform for young spoken word poets, rhyme-slingers, and wordsmiths across Toronto and the GTA. From a collection of spoken word poetry workshops in schools, to monthly local…