October 3-5, 2014

2014 Keynote Presenter

2014 Write on the Sound Keynote: Robert-Sawyer-2Acclaimed Science-Fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer


Award-winning Science-Fiction author Robert J. Sawyer will present his Keynote address, "The Writing Life--Past, Present and Future: Lessons learned from a quarter-century of being a novelist, and a look ahead at how writers will continue to prosper in the next 25 years."

Rob sold his first story in 1980, his first novel in 1990, and has been a full-time writer for 31 years now. Join him as he looks back at lessons learned from decades in publishing and looks ahead to the future of how writers might continue to make livings in the decades to come.

The Keynote address, presented as part of the 29th annual Write on the Sound Writers Conference, is on Saturday, October 4 at 1:00pm in the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Single tickets are available through Edmonds Center for the Arts, 425-275-9595, or go to the ECA Box Office. Tickets: $20/Regular; $12/Students

(If you are registered to attend the conference, a ticket is included with your conference packet).

Sawyer, who is referred to as "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by The Denver Rocky Mountain News, is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field's top honours for best novel of the year. 

These awards are The World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids; The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment; and The John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan.

Rob is also the only writer in history to win the top Science Fiction awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he's won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, as well as 11 Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"). 

Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine says, "By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever," and Barnes and Noble calls him "the leader of Science-Fiction's next-generation pack."

Sawyer's novels are Top-Ten bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean's bestsellers' lists. They've hit #1 on the bestsellers' list published by Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the Science Fiction field. His twenty novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake, and the popular Neanderthal Parallax trilogy: Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids. The ABC-TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name. He is an editor of Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Red Deer Press.

Television appearances include Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera, Canada A.M., Saturday Night at the Movies. Rob is a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio.

Sawyer has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland, and the Banff Centre. He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public Library's Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, and at the Odyssey Workshop. Rob holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University.


IF YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR THE CONFERENCE a ticket is included with your registration 

ADDITIONAL SINGLE TICKETS are available for Mr. Sawyer's Keynote address through Edmonds Center for the Arts,
425-275-9595. $20/Regular; $12/Students.

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Conference Information

Now in its 29th year, this unique and affordable conference offers over thirty sessions on craft, marketing, and specialty writing topics. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and an opportunity to network with fellow writers are only some of the choices presented by the conference. Presenters and participants come from all around the Northwest, U.S. and abroad.

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