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Writer's Market 2024

Writer’s Market

Saturday June 1, 2024 | 11-4pm

Words have the power to delight, inspire, provoke, comfort, and unite—as do the authors, journalists and poets who wield them. In honour of Phoebe Watson, an artist and creative writer, the Gallery will be hosting a Writer’s Market Saturday June 1, 2024. Whether it is an edge-of-your-seat adventure, a fascinating memoir, or a tale of true love, stories are what bring us together and shape our understanding of our world. Join fellow writers and readers for a day of literary creativity that celebrates and inspires through written and spoken word. 

Vendors

Homer Watson House & Gallery will consider all creative writing vendor submissions. Non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, memoir, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, poetry. All writers are welcome to participate as vendors. The Gallery does not take commission on any sales. 

Artist/Vendor fee: $50/vendor | Space: 10x10ft 

Vendor Information

Lots

  • This year we will only have outdoor spots available.
  • If you are selected to showcase and sell your work, you will be allotted one 10×10 lot on the HWHG lawn (which will be marked).
  • If you wish, you can have a double slot by purchase 2 slots and indicating you wish them to be side-by-side.
  • All spots are first come first served. No reserved spot locations.

Pricing

  • Outdoor booths are $50 per spot (limit 30 spots). Payment is due with confirmation of entry. Payment is non-refundable unless cancelled by HWHG.

Cancellation due to poor weather

  • Cancellation due to poor weather will be determined by HWHG management. Refunds for lots will only be issued if the scheduled date is cancelled by HWHG.

Products

  • Non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, memoir, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, poetry, etc.

Set Up and Take Down

  • The exhibitor is asked to arrive between 9:30 – 10:30am for setup.
  • The exhibitor is required to bring any display items needed (including tent/sunshade, display racks, signage, etc.)
  • The exhibitor commits to the full length of the advertised time from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Early take down will result in being banned from future markets at HWHG. In the event of an emergency, please notify a HWHG representative.

Payments

  • The exhibitor is responsible for their own payment processing (square, cash, etc) and HWHG does NOT take any commission from your sales. (note – our wifi does NOT extend into the yard)

Booth Operation

  • The exhibitor is responsible for their property, and booths must be manned at all times.

Insurance and Liability

  • The exhibitor understands that liability insurance is not required, but strongly recommended, and no such coverage is implied or provided by HWHG, or the City of Kitchener.
  • The exhibitor understands that Homer Watson House & Gallery, or the City of Kitchener, will not be held liable or responsible for any losses, injuries, or damages during the event hours, set up and take down times.

Writers Market 2024 Vendor Application

Name(Required)
Address (for our records only - will not be posted online)(Required)
Would you like your name, website, and social media info on our website?(Required)
Reserve my spot (You will be sent a payment link if you are accepted)(Required)
Max. file size: 600 MB.
I acknowledge that I will supply my own tent, table, chair, and any display items that I need(Required)
I give HWHG permission to take and use photography for promotional purposes for the Gallery and this event(Required)
I have thoroughly read and agree to the required conditions above with no questions or concerns(Required)

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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