Past Festivals

We’d like to give a big thank you to all of you who came out and made the 2nd edition of Wordstock Sudbury such a great success! We’ve got more planned, so stay tuned.

Headline Events

Winner of the Youth Writing Contest Announced (Sheridan Auditorium) Make sure to arrive in time to see the next generation of Northern Ontario writers as Wordstock Sudbury announces this years winner of the Youth Writing Contest. Cash prizes will be handed out and the winning writer will get a chance to tell their story. Come out and support young writers! 

An Evening with Terry Fallis and Sandra Shamas – (Sheridan Auditorium) The festival kicks off with a laugh! Multiple Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour award-winner Terry Fallis and Gemini-award winner (and Sudbury native) Sandra Shamas sit down with CBC’s Jason Turnbull to share their unique rise to comedic and writing success. One is from the world of political and government strategizing and the other from improv and performance. Readings, retellings, and revelations punctuate this perfect Friday night out! What more is there to say? 

Dinner and Show with Corin Raymond – (The Motley Kitchen) A very special treat awaits those who snag tickets to this one-time event: much-in-demand spokenword artist and musician Corin Raymond brings his “Bookworm”, a unique mix of poetry, performance, comedy and drama to special Dinner and Show right in downtown Sudbury. 

Cheryl Cecchetto Book Launch – (Sheridan Auditorium) Wordstock Sudbury is hosting the Sudbury launch of the autobiography of world-renowned special events producer and Sudbury native Cheryl Cecchetto! This special event will feature Cecchetto as she shares her story in writing Passion to Create – Your Invitation to Celebrate, as well some behind-the-scenes stories of her time working in Hollywood.


Series Writing for Young Adult Readers – (S.S.S Library) join Evan Munday, author of the two-time Silver Birch-nominated series for young readers The Dead Kid Detective Agency, as he talks writers through the considerations and unique challenges when crafting an ongoing book series for young readers. Thrill to continuity, extended character arcs, and series fatigue as Munday walks readers through his process and (hopefully) provides advice to help you write your next beloved children’s series (ideally in one of those cool boxed sets).

The Business of Book Marketing — (S.S.S Library) join award-winning writer Terry Fallis and author and Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo Mark Leslie Lefebvre as they help you navigate the world of book marketing from their own experience in the business. Learn the ins-and-outs of publishing industry, learn of the the pros and cons of self-publishing, hear how to reach a wider audience through social media and other mediums to get word out on your writing.

Telling Your Story on Your Way to Becoming a Writer — (S.S.S Library) award-winning poet, photographer, professor, journalist, playwright, historian, editor, and publisher of Black Moss Press, Charles Henry “Marty” Gervais is here to relate his vast experience across multiple genres and talk writers through the art and process of storytelling.

The People and Events that Inspire Fiction — (S.S.S Library) winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, founder of Humber College’s distinguished creative writing and comedy programs, and current Dean Joseph Kertes works with you to explore the real life events that gird fiction and good writing. A master of the craft, Kertes helps you transform the important aspects of one’s lived experience through creative writing.


The Influence of Place – (Sheridan Auditorium) Places, landscape, locations affect the way we live, but they also affect the way we write and read. They are implicit in every artwork and centre every text. Explore the hidden and explicit ways in which place infects the written word with Sudbury’s own Darlene Naponse, Klaus Jakelski, and Chris Nash, as they weave through the ways in which Northern Ontario imprints itself on the page.

Boundaries of the Page: Genre Fiction – (Sheridan Auditorium) What do detective, crime, thriller, suspense, horror,  science fiction, fantasy and romance novels all have in common? They’re all what we might call “genre fiction.” But what are its boundaries, what themes make one genre unique, and how can I tell the difference? Join local Northern Ontario writers Sean Costello, Scott Overton, and M.H. Callway as they lead you through the suspense of genre fiction.

Getting to the Truth: The Art of Creative Non-Fiction – (Sheridan Auditorium) Creative non-fiction has exploded in popularity in the last decade, but what does it take to tell the truth? When does something non-fiction become creative? Sudbury writers Laura Young and Mick Lowe guide you to the truth at the heart of every text and explore the art of what it takes to write creative non-fiction.

Not Just Pretty Pictures: The Graphic Novel – (Sheridan Auditorium) Once ignored as childish and crude, comic books and graphic novels have grown to become a revered art form unto itself. With massively popular works like Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, the graphic novel is not to be ignored any longer. Artist and Illustrator Evan Munday and Rob Sacchetto sink into the ink of this one of a kind art form.





7:30 PM

Winner of the Youth Writing Contest Announced

8:00 PM
An Evening with
Terry Fallis and Sandra Shamas
(moderated by Jason Turnbull)


  Workshops Panels

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Series Writing For Young Adult Readers with Evan Munday
The Influence of Place
with Darlene Naponse, Klaus Jakelski, and Chris Nash


1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

The Business of Book Marketing with Terry Fallis and Mark Leslie Genre Fiction with Sean Costello, M.H. Callway, and Scott Overton
2:30 PM– 3:45 PM Telling Your Story on Your Way to Becoming a Writer
with Marty Gervais

Getting to the Truth: The Art of Creative Nonfiction
with Laura Young
& Mick Lowe

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

The People and Events that Inspire Fiction with
Joseph Kertes

The Graphic Novel
with Evan Munday and
Rob Sacchetto  

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Book Signings and Sales

Doors at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM
Show at 8:00 PM

Dinner and Show with Corin Raymond
(at the Motley Kitchen, 70 Young St.)

7:00 PM

Cheryl Cecchetto Book Launch


In addition the invaluable volunteer support of the Sudbury Arts Council, the 2015 Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival would not be possible without the all-volunteer committee that came together and transformed their passion for the literary arts and the written word into a common goal. This years planning committee includes:

Heather Campbell

Laura Stradiotto
Vicki Gilhula
Matthew Heiti
Scott Overton
Tom Leduc
Dinah Laprairie
Mitchell Gauvin
Darlene Naponse