WordsStock – also known as “The Time Between WordPlay and Read by the Sea Main Stage”

In a normal year (does anyone remember what normal looked like?), Wordstock would happen on the days in-between WordPlay and Main Stage. This year, Wordstock events will take place between July 2nd and 9th simultaneously with WordPlay and Main Stage (we can do crazy things like that because it’s mostly virtual!). We’re still working out the details, but here is a taste of what you can expect this year.

A Writing Workshop

Learn how to write a captivating action/thriller story from award-winning author and journalist Stephen Maher. Watch this space for more details.

A Heritage Story Walk

Walk through River John to celebrate the village’s storied history – virtually, or in-personally.

Family Campfire Stories

Virtual or in-person, to be determined. Start thinking of your favourite stories to share! For all ages.

Open Mic

Read or recite your work before an encouraging virtual audience. Hosted by the Pictou County Writers’ Group.

Pitch the Publisher

Three minutes to pitch your manuscripts to a virtual panel of publishers. Full details below.

Pitch the Publisher

Do you have a manuscript burning a hole in your sock drawer? Aching to be published? This might be your chance. At Pitch the Publisher, selected writers each have three minutes to pitch their manuscripts to a panel of publishers. To keep everyone safe in these crazy times, this year Pitch the Publisher will be done a bit differently.

This is how you can be one of the selected writers:

Prepare a proposal: Describe your book in two sentences or less; then say why you are the most qualified person to write it, why people will want to read it, the genre, and the intended audience – all in a way to grab the publishers’ attention and keep them awake at night thinking about your manuscript. Send your proposal to Pitch the Publisher before May 5, 2021, using the Contact Us form on this website or mail it to Read by the Sea, c/o River John Library, PO Box 104, River John, NS B0K 1N0. Include your contact information.

A jury will select 7-8 entries that are the most likely to succeed at pitching to the publishers. Selected entrants must prepare a three-minute video presentation that will be viewed by the publishers’ panel, and also shared the festival’s website and YouTube channel for a limited length of time. The publishers’ will send entrants their feedback (which will be summarized on the website/YouTube channel).

There is no admission fee. There is no copyright on ideas, so if you are concerned that someone will steal your book idea, it’s best to not participate. There is no guarantee of any outcome of your presentation.  You are allowed to tweak your video as often as you like before submission. Practice makes perfect.

Page Turners

The festival holds two sets of books by MainStage authors, to be loaned to area book clubs. To borrow these books, and find out more, please contact us at [email protected]