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Author Afternoons 2020


City of Waterloo is inviting authors, publishers, graphic novelists, and writers to participate in a summer-long program, Author Afternoons. Author Afternoons will take place weekly from June to September on Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  at the Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre, located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive.  

The goal of this program is to provide a no-cost venue to authors, collectives, artist associations, publishers, writers, and graphic novelists to engage with the public through workshops, author talks, readings, book signings, or other related activities.

Applications will be reviewed for best fit and spots/date are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications will be reviewed and accepted until March 27 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and date beginning April 17. Applications will still be accepted to fill vacancies after the deadline.

The Visitor and Heritage Information Centre is a space that is open to the public. For this reason, ticketed or fee for service programs are prohibited as part of Author Afternoons. 


Program goals include:

  • Provide space for literary artists to engage with their audiences and promote their work and achievements
  • Create vibrant spaces and opportunities for connections between artists and the greater community
  • Provide resources to support and advance the arts and culture sector, specifically those working in the literary arts
  • Develop opportunities for collaborations between emerging and established literary artists
  • Support the work of organizations advancing the goals of literary artists in Waterloo
  • Share the successes of literary artists living and working in our region
  • Animate spaces through storytelling and resource sharing


Resources offered by the City of Waterloo:

  • Complimentary program space at the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre
  • Free 2-hour parking in the Museum Lot at the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre (spots may be limited)
  • Staffed program space from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays from May through September
  • Tables, chairs, and room set-up according to request of artist
  • Provide a promotional graphic for the on-going Artist Afternoons program
  • Promotional support of the Author Afternoon program through social media and free media listings


Artist responsibilities:

  • Promote their own event that takes place as part of the Author Afternoon program 
  • Design and deliver a program as per your application 
  • Provide information to City of Waterloo staff about space and set-up needs
  • Manage any sales that take place at the event 
  • Provide contact information following the event for staff to distribute and display throughout the season
  • All artists must comply with the City of Waterloo policies and procedures including the Respectful Behaviour Policy
  • Agree to the terms and conditions listed in the application



Applications to the waitlist will be taken throughout the summer. The application requirements will be the same for late applications. There is no guarantee that artists being considered for the waitlist will receive an invitation to participate, or how much notice will be given, as it is only to help fill a spot in the event of a cancellation.


All questions can be sent to Sonya Poweska, Culture Program Specialist, at or 519.747.8769.