Writers get chance to be author for a day

Kayona Lewis
Antanas Sileika and Kim Moritsugu, contest creators, encourage students to flex their creative mind muscle and enter the contest. Kayona Lewis.

Kayona Lewis
A&E Reporter

A Humber professor has teamed up with the Harbourfront Centre to bring a brand new contest for aspiring writers to the International Festival of Authors, Oct. 20 – 30.

“It’s a reality check” said Antanas Sileika, the artistic director of the Humber School of Writers’ master class.

Students will present a 600-word fiction, non-fiction or narrative story focusing on the topic of their choice to the Author for a Day Contest.

The winner of the contest will be picked Oct 24.

Winners will get a chance to read their story at Humber School for Writers’ master class event and attend a sit-down literary lunch with event speakers and notable authors Nino Ricci and Kate Cassaday as well as contest creator Kim Moritsugu, a creative writing professor at Humber who also created the contest.

The contest is open to all and  has received many applicants.

The International Festival of Authors is known for bringing attention to authors both big and small.

Bestselling authors such as Jonathan Crantzen, Jeff Lindsey and John Waters will attend.

“It’s 150 good examples of what’s new in the literary world,” said Geoffrey Taylor, director of Harborfront Center.

For the past six years the International Festival of Authors hosted the Humber Writers Circle.

“Six times a year we did a Humber Writers Circle to try and increase awareness of Humber programs,” said Moritsugu.

The focus is still to bring attention to writer’s workshops and to new literary talent coming from Humber College.

For more information go to www.readings.org

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