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Words West of the 5th

Music Performance Poetry & spoken word Writing & literature
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Empress Theatre Coffee Shop, Beatty Heritage House, Hawk Tail Brewery

Rimbey, AB



Offered in English.

Two venues are handicapped accessible. The Beatty House is not.


Words West of the 5th is a one(+) day festival to celebrate the art, the craft and the work of writing, held in Rimbey AB on Saturday, Sept. 28th, 2019.

Whether writing poetry, young adult prose, a romance novel, or a non-fiction textbook, an author’s path to his or her finished work is rarely a straight one. From the moment of inspiration to the infatuation of exploring an idea to the editorial “cutting floor” - even the anxiety of reading reviews post-production - the writers invited to this event will read from their own works and offer insights on how to successfully navigate one’s writing dream through the choppy seas of reality! Check out these sessions as the authors discuss the Art, the Craft, and the Work of writing.

Join us at any or all of our events: Saturday's events include a Poetry Café at the Empress Theatre Cafe (12:30) and two Writers in Sessions at the Beatty Heritage House (one for fiction and one for non-fiction authors, 2:00). Then to wind up the day’s events, come out to a Homegrown Open Mic free-for-all at the local fun and funky Hawk Tail Brewery (7:30).

Featured authors include Kate Boorman, Jocelyn Brown, Joan Crate, Fran Kimmel, Judy Larmour, Sid Marty, Myrna Pearman, Patrick Rurka, Linda Siebanga, & Bruce Strand.

All Saturday events are free and open to all.

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Beatty Heritage House Society

The Beatty Heritage House Society is a non-profit group dedicated to the care and protection of the Beatty House, constructed in 1925 and now a Designated Provincial Historic Resource. The Society encourages ongoing use of the house as a cultural hub and event venue located at the heart of Rimbey, Alberta.


Teri Ormberg