The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See our line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Lethbridge for 2017....
Give your writing a boost with short on-the-spot critique from an established author or editor! Our volunteers will provide fifteen minutes of critique and advice for one page of writing. Sign up on festival day at the Information Booth, starting at 11:00. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Paul Butler is the author of nine novels, the most recent of which is The Widow’s Fire (2017). His work has appeared on the judges’ lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008, he won the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair on the Arts and Letters committee. He currently lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Barbara Geiger writes science fiction, fantasy, and gay paranormal romance, and moonlights as a freelance writing coach and editor on the side. Her books include The Tempest trilogy, the Middle Hill series, the Past and Present Tense novellas, and assorted other novellas and short stories. Writing as Angela Fiddler, she has written The Master of the Lines series, the Sex Demon 101 series, and several other standalone novels and novellas. When she’s not following the exploits of selkies, sex demons and vampires, she writes epic fantasy and makes the occasional foray into science fiction and short stories.
Barbara has been involved in the Alberta writers’ community and multiple writers’ and critique groups since 1998. She’s been a high school teacher, taught ESL to all ages in Canada and overseas, and done corporate training. She currently teaches adult ESL to new Canadians. She lives with her wife in Lethbridge, Alberta. Find her online at barbarageiger.me.
Robert Runté, PhD, is Senior Editor with Essential Edits (EssentialEdits.ca). He has edited over 35 novels and books for Five Rivers Publishing and various independent authors. Two of the novels by first-time authors he edited were nominated for the Aurora Award, and he contributed the final edit to C.P. Hoff’s A Town Called Forget, which was long-listed for the 2017 Leacock Medal. He has himself authored 15 book chapters, 6 encyclopedia entries, 13 academic journal articles, 12 open source guides, six short stories (two of which were reprinted in “Best of” collections) and countless reviews. He has three Aurora Awards for his speculative fiction criticism and is currently nominated for a fourth Aurora for “Age of Miracles” from the Strangers Among Us anthology. Two of the theses he supervised became published books, and a third won the the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada.
Richard Stevenson was born in Victoria, B.C., in 1952 and has lived in western Canada and Nigeria. A college English teacher by profession, he taught English, Canadian and African literature, Business Communication, Creative and Technical Writing, E.S.L., and humanities courses in high schools and colleges. A former Editor-in-Chief of Prism international, he served in various editorial, jury, and writing/arts group executive capacities. His own reviews and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and journals published in Canada, the United States, and overseas. He performed with the jazz/ poetry group Naked Ear and rock music/YA verse troupe Sasquatch, and occasionally puts other ensembles together for book launches and performances and reviews books.