Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Writers: A Weekend with Author Charlie Wilkins



THUNDER BAY – Events – The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop, with the generous support of the Sleeping Giant Writers Festival, is proud to present Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Writers: A Weekend with Author Charlie Wilkins, featuring a workshop and brunch with the award-winning author, on January 12–13, 2013.

The weekend will begin with a workshop with Charlie Wilkins for writers on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Mary J.L. Black Library. The workshop, entitled THUNDER BAY – Feeding the Writer Within, is suitable for writers of all levels. A light lunch will be provided by cash donation. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. Please email or call 708-5652 to register.

On Sunday, January 13, both writers and readers will want to attend Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Writers: Brunch with Author Charlie Wilkins at 11 am at the Valhalla Inn, where guests will be treated to a presentation by the author while enjoying the Valhalla’s elegant brunch buffet. Tickets for the brunch are $35, and are available at Calico, Northern Woman’s Bookstore, and online at Early bird prizes will be awarded to the first 20 ticket purchasers. For more information, call 708-5652. 

Award-winning journalist and author Charles Wilkins has written fifteen books, including The Circus at the Edge of the Earth (about his travels with the Great Wallenda Circus), Walk to New York (about his 2002 walk from Thunder Bay to New York City), and In the Land of Long Fingernails (a memoir about a summer he spent working in a large Toronto cemetery). He has been a finalist for the Rogers Non-Fiction Prize, the Trillium Literary Award, the Stephen Leacock Award and the Toronto Book Award, and was recently named a recipient of the New York City Public Library’s Writers for the New Age Award. Wilkins has three children and divides his time between Thunder Bay, on the north shore of Lake Superior, and his cabin in Muskoka, Ontario. His book Little Ship of Fools, about rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 2011, will be published in the new year. 

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) is a group of writers—both seasoned and new—who provide inspiration and support through readings, workshops, and their thrice-yearly publication, NOWW Magazine.

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