WordBridge 2021 Conference

Feb. 12 – 13, 2021

On Zoom

*Our Online Bookstore features Speakers & Panelists who presented at our conference.

Keynote Speakers

Paul Butler

Paul Butler is the author of ten novels. His most recent novel, Mina’s Child, was published in 2020 by Inanna Publications (Toronto). Previous works have appeared on the judges’ lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008 he won in the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair of the Arts and Letters committee. A professional screenwriting graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, he has lived in the UK, Greece and Canada and presently works as a writing coach and editor in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Katie-Jo Rabbit/


Katie-Jo Rabbit/Naatowaapistoaakii; is a proud member of the Blood Tribe, a free-lance writer, and a sporadic spoken word artist. As an aspiring author and part of a small group of authentic Blackfoot writers, Katie-Jo is currently working on her first novel that strives to put into perspective the female Blackfoot experience and dismantle the typical stereotypes of Indigenous womyn. Katie-Jo finds herself writing in Lethbridge, Alberta, where she strives to increase the voice of the modern Blackfoot womyn through art and writing, as there are many stories and truths left to tell.



Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

  2:00 PM 

Opening Message

Jenna Greene

3:00 PM

Podcast Panel

Joshua Pantalleresco, Miranda Oh, Jenna Greene

  4:00 PM 

Writing for Youth

Danika Stone, Caryn Lix, Emily Victoria

   5:00 PM 

Realism in a Crime Novel

Dwayne Clayden, Danika Stone

  6:00 PM 

Panel: Romantics at heart

Mandy Michelle, Sarah Graham, Mandy Eve Barnett, Melinda Curtis

  7:00 PM 

Panel: Dealing with critics and criticism

Hali Lilliburn, Suzy Vadori, Kevin Weir, Josh Pantalleresco, Danika Stone

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

  9:00 AM 

“Publishers and writers”

Adrienne Kerr, Clare C. Marshall, Robert Bose

10:00 AM


Joshua Pantalleresco

  11:00 AM 

“Working with a publicist”

Mickey Mikkelson, Miranda Oh, Anne Gordon, Jenna Greene, Ann Charles

   12:00 PM 

“Self-publishing tips, tricks, advice”

D’arcy Kavanagh

  1:00 PM 

World building panel

Adam Dreece, Jim Jackson, Kevin Weirs, Jenna Greene

  2:00 PM 

Presentation “The Many Shades of Show, Don’t Tell”

Suzy Vadori

3:00 PM 

“Elemental Tales: Using Myth and folklore to improve your writing”

Jim Jackson

  4:00 PM 

“Finding Your Voice in Writing”

Adam Dreece

5:00 PM 

“Why Manuscripts Get Rejected”

Naomi Davis

6:00 PM 

Preparing for publication

Linda Pedley, Mandy Eve Barnett

7:00 PM 

Wine & Cheese Online Social with Keynote Speakers with Paul Butler & Katie-Jo Rabbit/ Naatowaapistoaakii