Our 2017 festival features an amazing group of writers from Newfoundland, the rest of Canada, and abroad.




Our Hosts


Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers is a broadcast journalist with CBC Radio, and is currently the host of The Next Chapter. She is the author of Canada, published by Key Porter. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and is the winner of the John Drainie Award, Canadian broadcasting's highest honour. In 2010, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for her contributions as a promoter of Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health and literacy”. 

Angela Antle

Angela Antle is a CBC producer and host. She’s currently hosting CBC Radio’s Atlantic Voice and managing CBC NL’s YouTube Channel. As a screenwriter, Angela wrote the documentary “Atlantic”, narrated by Brendan Gleeson, and she co-wrote a feature film adaptation of “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” with Wayne Johnston. That script was nominated for the Canadian Film Fest - Harold Greenburg Screenwriting Competition. Angela is also vice-chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and she sings in Lady Cove with a fierce crowd of Newfoundland women. 



Ron MacLean is host of Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey. Ron's 30 years of hockey commentary and community involvement have made him a household name across the country. We're delighted to welcome him back as a special guest host for the festival.


Heading into its 15th year, Writers at Woody Point is firmly rooted in Newfoundland literature, attracting both writers from abroad and those nurtured here at home. During the festival, writers and musicians can connect with their audience in intimate venues, over dinner and drinks, or on a hike into the pristine hills. And they can soak up the area's own creative talent at exhibits of art and crafts, musical performances and impromptu after-hours celebrations that combine jam sessions, dancing and lots of laughter.


Video by Jim MacDonald from our 2012 Festival

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We acknowledge the support of ArtsNL, which last year invested $2.5 million to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.