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Foment and Write Along RadioAs we step into the season of Writing Festivals, Write Along Radio is thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with Foment and the Ottawa International Writers Festival to bring round table conversations to you straight from the festival itself.
In part one of our special series, we’re talking about the value of community and having a public space as both readers and writers, to come together and exchange ideas freely. It’s about moving from the page, and sparking real person-to-person conversation. We talk with Sean Wilson, co-founder and creative director of the festival itself, and Daniel Bezalel Richardsen, Editor of the literary journal Foment.


During the OIWF’s festival season we’ll be coming out with more of these round-table conversations. The fun thing about this, is you never know what is going to happen next. Conversations are unplanned and unrestricted. Eep!


Show Notes:
Ottawa International Writers Festival

Upcoming events for the festival
Event and Festival book reviews (Foment’s stomping ground)
Foment, 2014 edition
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2 comments on “That Deep Need to Talk About It: Writing Festivals

  1. Yes! The hashtag is back…Loved the shout out, thanks.

    I enjoyed listening to Sean and Daniel discuss how they try to bring differing views to the festivals and creating a safe environment for the people presenting. Perhaps it is because I am newer to the arts that I haven’t seen this much, but from what I have seen and heard from others is that at a liberal event conservative thinkers aren’t allowed (or at least respectfully accepted by others) and vice versa.

    It seemed that they really want to find reconciliation between differing views that will create mutual respect even amongst disagreements.

    Their model should be implemented wherever creative community takes places.

    • Thanks for your comment Chris. I agree, it’s not that we talk past each other so much as that we don’t talk at all in the same vicinity of those with differing viewpoints.

      I also enjoyed your thoughts on how your faith shapes your writing.

      Daniel Bezalel Richardsen

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