WordStock – also known as “The Time Between WordPlay and Read by the Sea MainStage”

To maintain the literary momentum, Read by the Sea offers events on Thursday and Friday to whet your reading and writing appetites.

A Writing Workshop

Watch this space for more information about the writing workshop.

A Heritage Story Walk

Walk through River John to celebrate the village’s storied history. Dress for walking and the weather.

An evening Family Story-Telling Campfire

Bring your lawn chairs, your stories, and your listening ears. For all ages.

Pictou County Writers’ Group

“Schmooze with Other Authors”

Open Mic

Read or recite your work before an encouraging audience

Pitch the Publisher

Three minutes to stand at a microphone and pitch your manuscripts to a panel of publishers

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 stand at a microphone and pitch their manuscripts to a panel of publishers, in front of an audience. Publishers have five minutes to respond with feedback.

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

Polish your manuscript to eye-shattering brilliance. Distill the story into a nutshell description (genre, title, plot, why it needs to be written) that will keep publishers awake at night thinking about YOUR story.

To the nutshell, add a statement about why this story will be a runaway best seller, who will read it (the target audience), why you are the best person in the world to write it (writing experience, knowledge of the topic, literary awards, et cetera). The nutshell and this statement will be the basis for your pitch.

Practice delivering your pitch to a mirror, a trusted friend or family member.

Submit YourPitch

Submit your pitch (not the manuscript) to Pitch the Publisher at Read by the Sea, c/o River John Library, Box 104, River John, NS B0K1N0, or to [email protected].

Deadline: June 5, 2020

A jury will select the pitches that are most likely to attract the participating publishers, who are yet to be determined. The writer will be notified and given a time slot for pitching.

If selected, be there at least 15 minutes before your pitch-time in order to register – and in case you can go on early.  It is wise to bring an envelope for each of the publishers, with your name and contact information marked clearly on the front, and a copy of your pitch and pertinent information inside. Upon your arrival, give the envelopes to the registrar to pass along to the publishers afterwards.

Writers who do not make the selection are welcome to attend, and may be invited to pitch if time permits.

Everyone – pitchers included – is invited to join the audience.

Pitch the Publisher ends just in time for the start of Main Stage readings, outdoors in the Legion garden.

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]