We had a wonderful first festival. We sincerely thank the Festival Committee, our guest artists, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for coming together so perfectly. Even the weather was just “what we wanted”, providing those photo opportunities the location deserves.
Read here what our guest authors had to say about their visit to our festival. We thank them for taking the time to let us know what they thought, and really appreciate their glowing compliments!
“I love the Cabot Trail Writers Festival for its warm, cozy and yet intriguing atmosphere. It makes for great interaction between the writer and reader, and left me feeling fulfilled and sad to leave. And that countryside—OMG, I’ll never forget that drive through the Cabot Trail!!”
“Like everything in life, it is a question of quality, not quantity. It is not about the thousand people who turn out for your reading at a festival in a big city. It is about the welcome by the festival organizers and volunteers in a rural setting, asking you if you want an extra pillow for your bed. It is about avid readers turning up to your early morning reading, standing room only, some of whom also serve you your meal at lunch. It is the bookstore created for the weekend event, the opportunity to interact with other artists throughout the weekend, and the opportunity to meet, one-on-one, with folks who have taken the time to read your book, reflect upon it and ask you intelligent questions. And at the end of the weekend, after workshops, readings, and great food, you leave the event more relaxed and fulfilled than when you arrived. This was my experience at the Cabot Trail Writers Festival.”
“A local feel-good event, my Cabot Trail Writers Festival was an intimate affair where I was honoured and fussed over by the organizers and by my own community as a writer, while being privileged to read and work and play with writers as talented and witty as Donna Morrissey and Douglas Arthur Brown. Along with the musical talent of the Poe Trio and Bill Conall, the excellent food, stunning vistas, funky venues, and the interested and interesting and often rapt participants, my Cabot Trail Writers Festival was a five-star experience, one I will always remember.”
Our festival survey, offered to attendees at the door, enjoyed the highest survey response rate we’ve ever seen. We think the reason for that is, in part, the draw prize we offered to all who completed their surveys.
The winner of the survey draw was Ann Thompson of Middle River (thanks for letting us post your name!). We thank her and all respondents for taking the time to help us review our work, and, Ann, we hope you love the pottery as much as we do!
Do mark your calendars for the second annual Cabot Trail Writers’ Festival, scheduled for October 1–3, 2010.