Northern Ontario authors get spotlight this summer


Timmins, ON. The Silverleaf Writer’s Guild is excited to announce that the first-ever Northern Ontario Book Fair will take place this summer from June 24 to July 1, 2017 at Gillies Lake in Timmins, ON. The event, which coincides with the Stars & Thunder festival, will feature book-length works from Northern Ontario writers. Attendees will be able to purchase products, speak directly with regional authors, and learn about the Silverleaf Writers Guild’s services.

The Silverleaf Writers Guild hopes the timing of the Northern Ontario Book Fair will help push the literary works of Northern Ontario authors out to an international audience. The City of Timmins anticipates 23,000 spectators during the Stars & Thunder festival from across the country and other parts of the world.

Over the next few months, the Silverleaf Writers Guild Board of Directors will be reaching out to communities across Northern Ontario to invite authors to sell their self-published manuscripts at the book fair. Any author currently living in Northern Ontario or born in Northern Ontario will be eligible (certain conditions apply). The Board of Directors will also be seeking corporate sponsorships to help cover some of the costs of running the fair.

The Silverleaf Writers Guild was established in late 2015. The guild provides services in the form of goal-setting, accountability, writing challenges, encouragement, feedback, and various learning opportunities. The group also collaborated to produce a book, Thinking Toque: Writing Prompts for the North, in November 2016, and plans to publish more literary works by Northern Ontario authors in the coming months.

The guild meets Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Timmins Public Library, and connects with writers in other communities via Skype. In time, the Board of Directors hopes to establish in-person groups in other communities as the Silverleaf Writers Guild grows.


Véronique Ginglo-Robert
Chair, Board of Directors
Silverleaf Writers Guild