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Self-Publishing A Children's Book: An Extensive Workshop

What goes into self-publishing a children's book?
You need a thorough understanding of illustrations, layouts, design, colours, fonts, and most importantly the distribution channels that work best for your book.
All of which you can learn about at our self-publishing workshop offered by Chrissy Hobbs. With several years of experience working in different areas of the self-publishing world, Chrissy is also a successful author of several best-selling children’s books and the owner of Indie Publishing Group.

What can you learn from this workshop?

  • Illustration types for children's books

  • Suitable layouts

  • Preferable designs 

  • Distribution options

  • Self-publishing from start to finish

Who can benefit from this workshop?

  • Authors in the process of publishing or looking to publish a children's book

  • Aspiring children's books writers

About Chrissy Hobbs - Chrissy Hobbs was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and has travelled extensively in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She founded and operates Indie Publishing Group, a company that specializes in helping indie authors self-publish books across multiple online platforms. Chrissy is the head formatter at IPG, while also publishing her own children’s books under the pen name Sam Lawrence. She started her publishing career as a project manager before transitioning into the role of formatting specialist. Her years of experience in the publishing industry, along with years in law enforcement, have given her the skills necessary to assist many indie authors on their road to publication.

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
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Judy

Oscar winner Renée Zellweger delivers a note-perfect performance as Judy Garland during the last year of her life, in Rupert Goold’s (True Story) moving adaptation of the stage play End of the Rainbow.

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Stratford City Hall, Stratford
Cost: $12/Non-Members, $10/Members
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Little Shop of Horrors

IT’S FUNNY HOW LOVE CAN GROW

Skid Row florist’s clerk Seymour Krelborn is too shy to declare his love for his co-worker Audrey – until a mysterious exotic plant brings him unexpected fame and fortune. There’s just one problem: the plant has ambitions of its own, and it thrives on only one food – human blood.

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
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Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://stratfordfestival.ca



Stratford Chefs School 36th Season Opener

Please join us as we celebrate the start of a new school year!

Meet the students and faculty, learn about our exciting upcoming events and dinner series, and explore our outstanding facilities. An opportunity to meet and mingle in a casual and festive atmosphere. Complimentary canapés. Wine and beer will be available.

Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP as space is limited.

RSVP

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: 519-271-1414
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Private Lives

YOU CAN’T FIGHT LOVE – BUT IT’S FUN TO TRY

Divorced for five years, Elyot and Amanda are reunited by chance – while honeymooning with their new spouses. Succumbing to raging ex appeal, they run off together to Paris, only to discover all over again – hilariously – that there’s more than one way to drive each other crazy.

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
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Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://stratfordfestival.ca



Private Author Photo Sessions

Authors, say cheese! Photographer Scott Wishart is bringing his studio to the festival. Grab your chance for a private 15-minute portrait session. There are only 6 sessions available, so reserve your spot today!

What can you expect from this event?
 

  • A digital file of your portrait, emailed to you the week following your session.

  • A 15-minute private session with a professional photographer. 

  • A chance to find out you actually CAN pose for photos.

About Scott Wishart - A photographer for the daily Stratford Beacon Herald for 35 years, Scott Wishart's specialty is now event coverage, portraits and workshops. His work has also appeared in the Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom book and will be appearing in the upcoming Stratford For All Seasons book series. Check out his work on his website:  wishartstudio.com

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: $45/Per person
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
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Ghosts are Inn

A walking tour of Stratford's haunted Inns.
For those who prefer, there will be a virtual tour with guide presented simultaneously at the hotel.
Learn where our local historical ghosts inhabit.
Special guest speaker: Author John Goddard - The Man with the Black Valise.

Hosted by the Stratford & District Historical Society 2019.

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Queen's Inn, Stratford
Cost: $20/A
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Stratford Chocolate Trail

EXPLORING THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL BURNS CALORIES.
GOOD THING.

The Chocolate Trail is a self-guided tour that introduces you to our world-famous confectioners and bakers.  You’ll get to sample our decadent treats and meet the makers who craft these indulgences year round.  

Purchase your Chocolate Trail Pass in person at the Stratford Tourism office, which includes vouchers that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour.  The Chocolate Trail is offered year-round and is valid for 1 week from date of purchase. You can also give a gift certificate that the recipient can redeem for a Stratford Chocolate Trail Pass — those can be purchased online or in person. 

Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Apr. 2nd to Dec. 22nd, 2019
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST
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Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
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Stratford Bacon and Ale Trail

Bacon and Ale - two of life's greatest creations!  You'll gain a whole new appreciation for your favourite obsessions.  This self-guided walking trail includes vouchers that you can use at 5 stops.  Each voucher will entitle you to a "tasting" of a unique bacon and ale inspired treat and the chance to speak to Stratford and area's culinary stars while visiting our unique restaurants and retail locations.  This trail is offered year round and is valid for one week (7 days) from the date of purchase.  Bacon and Ale Trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts, which can be redeemable at a later date. 

Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.
 

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Apr. 2nd to Dec. 22nd, 2019
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST
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Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
visitstratford.ca/bacontrail



FREE Author Photo Workshop

Writers, the face behind your story matters to your readers. Your author photo is an important part of your marketing strategy, especially in the age of social media. If you don't have the budget for hiring a professional, you're in luck. Photographer Scott Wishart is bringing a FREE workshop to the Stratford Writers Festival this year. Learn how to take a self-portrait of your liking while saving costs!

What can you expect from this workshop?
 

  • Learning why a good author photo matters

  • Basics of operating a camera

  • Lighting techniques and composition

  • Finding a portrait style that suits you

  • A new-found love for taking portraits


About Scott Wishart - A photographer for the daily Stratford Beacon Herald for 35 years, Scott Wishart's specialty is now event coverage, portraits and workshops. His work has also appeared in the Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom book and will be appearing in the upcoming Stratford For All Seasons book series. You can check out his work here:   wishartstudio.com

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
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2019 Boar's Head Entertainment

David Cavan Frasier -- Known for “The Petrolia Song”, David’s performance is a mix of musical moments, up-beat sing-along and touching heart-breakers always seasoned by David's comedic personality. 

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Boar's Head Pub, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: 519-271-1400
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Because of You Book Launch - Newfie Style

When a Newfoundlander launches her book, it has to be done in the warm Newfie style! Join Terri-Lynn Penney as she launches her debut memoir – Because of You, featuring stories and a playlist of memories. Come on b’y drink a Newfie screech cocktail with Terri-Lynn as she shares a yarn, a few laughs, and maybe some tears at Revival House, ya know dat little bar on da corner over yonder.

What can you expect from the event?

  • A short reading of Because of You

  • Stories from Terri-Lynn and a walk down her memory lane

  • Screech cocktails

  • Lots of laughter and a few tears

  • That warm, friendly and fun atmosphere that Newfoundland is known for

About the Book - Tragedy comes at us all in different ways and some more than others. Terri-Lynn’s worst tragedy’s see-saw was between a mother who never wanted her and the the loss of the one parent that did. She could often see a glimmer of light through her mother’s darkness and when she couldn’t the gentle gestures of kind people showed her where to look, keeping her from being swallowed up by her mother’s darkness.  Because of You is the story of her mother who didn’t love nor want her but also of five others who did. 
About the Author - Born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Terri-Lynn Penney decided to leave the rock at 29 to pursue her career in the health and wellness field and for the last 8 years has built a solid and fulfilling business.  Her true love however is people, their strength and the vulnerability in their stories.  When she isn’t gabbing away with a coffee in hand she is deep into her own writing. The memoir, Because of You, is Terri-Lynn’s first book. She currently resides in Stratford, ON with her husband and son spreading the Newfie love wherever she goes. 

When:  Friday Oct. 18th, 2019
Where: Revival House, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per person
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Contact: DigiWriting Stratford Writers Festival
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