The Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival

May 30 – June 2, 2019

The Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival strives to present an inclusive, innovative, and community-minded focus to a multi-day celebration of visual printmaking, literature, publishing, and heritage, including the creation of contemporary works through historical processes. Featured guests range from emerging to established printmakers, publishers and writers, all embracing a spirit of independent creativity while remaining open to collaborative processes.

Workshops and daytime Festival events take place in the rarely-accessed home of the Dawson Daily News, one of Dawson City’s early newspapers (printed from 1899 to 1954). Since the first year of this project, an 1890s Chandler & Price letterpress, formerly used at the Whitehorse Star, has been completely restored for use. Other original artifacts are on display thanks to Parks Canada.

Past projects and events have included exhibitions, readings, printmaking and creative writing workshops, seminars and discussions on writing and publishing, ongoing artist projects, a collaborative publication production with writers and printmakers, hands-on artist demonstrations, performances, live radio broadcasts, writing competitions, collaborative comic-making, artist talks, lectures, and more.


2019 Schedule

Thursday, May 30

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dawson Daily News
Youth T-Shirt Printing

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM multiple locations
TO TALK WITH OTHERS Gallery Hop starting at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, then ODD Gallery and Yukon School of Visual Arts

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM at the Westminster Hotel
Literary Open Mic


Friday, May 31

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dawson Daily News
Dawson Daily News Open House & Behind the Scenes Tours, presented by Parks Canada
Print, Book, and Zine Sale

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM in the KIAC Ballroom
A Writer’s Journey: author Lawrence Hill discusses the influences that led him to writing in his formative years.


Saturday, June 1

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM in the Dawson Daily News
Dawson Daily News Printmaking Open Studios: Join John Steins, Peter Braune, and Ken Anderson on the printing presses!

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM in the Dawson Daily News
Community Zine-Making Project with Cole Pauls and Kim Edgar. Come contribute and collaborate!

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at SOVA
Trans and Queer Writers’ Workshop Pt. 1 w/ Trish Salah. LGBTQ2 writers of all levels are welcome to participate. *more info below

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM at SOVA
Writing Masterclass w/ Lawrence Hill. Hill will discuss a variety of creative writing topics followed by a Q&A. *more info below

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the KIAC Ballroom
Scrabble Tournament hosted by Charles Atlas Sheppard and KIAC Artist-in-Residence Risa Horowitz.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Jack London Museum
Haiku & Other Short Poems: ‘Ginko walk’ participants and Yukon authors will read their work.

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM in the KIAC Ballroom
Readings by author Eden Robinson & Berton House Writer-In-Residence Trish Salah.


Sunday, June 2

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Dawson Daily News
Community Zine-Making Project with Cole Pauls and Kim Edgar. Come contribute and collaborate!

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM at the Dawson Daily News
Dawson Daily News Printmaking Open Studios: Join John Steins, Peter Braune, and Ken Anderson on the printing presses!

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at SOVA
Trans and Queer Writers’ Workshop Pt. 2 w/ Trish Salah. LGBTQ2 writers of all levels are welcome to participate. *more info below

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM at SOVA
Writing Masterclass w/ Eden Robinson: The Novel Process; Fear the First Draft; Or: Why Does My First Draft Suck? *more info below

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Dawson Daily News
Let’s Talk About Artists’ Books with Claire Falkenberg. Book Fairs! Publishing Resources! Etc!

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at SOVA
Industry Brainstorming Session w/ BC & Yukon Book Prizes Executive Director Sean Cranbury.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM at KIAC
LIGHT: An audio performance by Kaitlin Prest. Bedroom Fantasies, Storytelling & More. NOT CHILD FRIENDLY


Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival Facebook Event


Writing Workshops

Registration for Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival writing workshops is now open!

All workshops take place at the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Lecture Room (upstairs). Capacity is limited, so please register in advance at KIAC or over the phone – 993 5005


Trans and Queer Writers’ Workshop (LGBTTIQ2SNB) with Trish Salah, two-part class
Sat June 1 & Sun, June 2, 11:00 – 12:30
FREE


This is a free creative writing workshop for lesbian, gay, non-binary, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two spirit, Intersex, queer, and genderqueer writers hosted by Trish Salah, the current Berton House Writer-in-Residence. In the workshop we will talk about writing and queer/trans experiences, do some writing exercises/writing from prompts, share our work and offer one another constructive/positive feedback. This is an introductory level workshop but writers of all levels are welcome. Genre is open (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, mixed forms, you tell me/us).


Writing masterclass with Lawrence Hill
Sat, June 1, 1:30 – 3:00
$39 Non-member / $35 KIAC member


Lawrence Hill will lead a short master class focusing on the use of point of view to enrich fictional narratives. What are some of the most effective ways to exploit the advantages of perspective in fiction, and what pitfalls can be avoided? The class will allow time for questions and answers.


Writing masterclass with Eden Robinson
The Novel Process: Fear the First Draft
Or: Why does my first draft suck?
Sun, June 2, 1:30 – 3:00
$39 Non-member / $35 KIAC members

Why am I stuck on the first chapters? It worked in my head but one paper none of it is gelling! Writing a novel looks intimidating, but we can break the work down into manageable chunks. The first chunk we need to consider is how you write and what you’re telling yourself about how you write. Then we explore ways to free your muse and set you on the path to tackling your behemoth.


Highlights from the 2018 Festival

Photos by Michael MacLean and Chris Healey