gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers & Writers Festival – April 16-19th, 2015

Don’t miss out on one of Southern Ontario’s un(der)discovered literary gems!

gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers & Writers Festival is entering its second successful decade and is growing every year. The festival attracts audiences from all over the GTA and Golden Horseshoe, with dynamic and interactive readings, discussions and workshops held at the beautiful Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King Street West).

Established in 2004 by Hamilton author Krista Foss, gritLIT has introduced Hamilton’s dynamic book-loving community to writers from across Canada, while at the same time offering local literary stars a chance to showcase their work. Over the years, gritLIT has provided Hamilton readers and writers personal interaction with and mentorship from some of Canada’s most respected national and international-award-winning authors — authors like Rawi Hage, Kathleen Winter, Dennis Lee, Emma Donoghue and local luminary Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes), to name a few.

Each year, the festival creates new opportunities for involvement. gritLIT has hosted blue pencil rooms, writing workshops, and master classes, and has brought writers of children’s and young adults’ books into local schools and libraries. gritLIT runs an annual writing competition (short story and poetry) that attracts entries from established and emerging authors across Canada and overseas. One of this year’s short story winners is from Australia! Workshops and meet-up events also give local writers many opportunities to interact and hone their skills.

As Hamilton’s premier literary festival, gritLIT is poised to entertain and influence budding writers and devoted readers for years to come as its author list continues to expand along with its membership. This year’s festival runs April, 16-19th.

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