2022 Festival Programming

Program 2022 Bulletin #1
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Hard Decisions

Due to the current pandemic, we have been forced to either cancel the in-person festival or hold it online. In 2020 we held an experimental online festival that was fairly successful. Last year (2021) we held a full-scope online festival that included our 10th anniversary celebration. Though still fairly successful, we had a number of behind-the-scenes issues that made life more difficult for some of the presenters and audience members. Most of the issues were caused by one thing: ZOOM fatigue. If not for several volunteers who went the extra mile, things would have been much worse. ZOOM fatigue also appears to have reduced attendance, despite the program being available free of charge to a global audience.

Now we come to 2022 and have delayed making a decision regarding next summer's festival for as long as we can. Unfortunately, once again we cannot count on the pandemic allowing for an in-person festival. Therefore, rather than cancel the festival, we will again hold it online. However, recognizing that ZOOM fatigue continues, we are going to reduce the scope of the festival.

The festival organizers have decided to host a single track of programming through the festival weekend: Friday - Sunday. This track will primarily consist of events pertaining to our confirmed festival guests. Limiting our scope will relieve the onus on our volunteers and will allow us to try to up our game on the quality of the events. The big impact, however, is that we cannot accommodate a big lineup of presenters as we have in the past. Therefore, we will not be offering a buffet of programming opportunities this year. For that we apologize.

What we are doing, however, is inviting affiliates who can self-host sessions to propose sessions to be run concurrently with the festival (as we did in 2020). IFWA (The Imaginative Fiction Writers Association) and ARWA (The Alberta Romance Writers Association) have already expressed interest. If you or an organization you belong to would like to submit programming you can self host, we would love to hear from you.

Ultimately, we expect to have a program with 3 or 4 tracks. Like our 2021 online festival, this will be a free online event requiring Eventbrite registration. While everyone has been hoping for a return to an in-person festival, we can only hope that 2023 will be that year. In the meantime, if you have content you would like to be considered for inclusion at this summer's online festival, please let us know at

Note: Like the previous two years, we do intend to include 1-on-1 sessions such as Blue Pencil Café and Pitch Sessions. If you are an agent or editor who would like to offer these services, please let us know.


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Randy McCharles
2021 Festival Program Director
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