NorthWords Writers Festival to be held online

The NorthWords Writers Festival will be hosting the annual event online this year.

In a notice on its website, organizers wrote this year’s event would be a scaled-down version — although it will include the usual workshops, panel discussions and readings by authors.

Valerie Gamache, executive director of NorthWords NWT, said the decision to host the event online allowed for the organization to support writers.

“NorthWords festival was created as a stepping stone for Northern writers to get a reach out of the Northwest Territories,” she said. “They gain some experience and they can connect with other authors.”

The festival, scheduled for June 19 to 28, will announce the line-up on the NorthWords NWT website this week.

Gamache said the event will host themed activities for National Indigenous People’s day on June 21.

The NorthWords Writers Festival started in 2006 in Yellowknife as a way to promote northern and Aboriginal writers.

The event has grown over the years, hosting events in Hay River, Fort Smith and Yellowknife.

Gamache said those looking for reading material during their quarantine should check out the NorthWords Facebook page.

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