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October 15th – October 25th

Megan Beadle

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Megan Beadle

Megan Beadle is the founder of the Beadle Literary Agency, a boutique Toronto agency. With a librarian mother and a diplomat father, Megan fell in love with books and stories at a young age.  After an undergrad at Queens University and a publishing degree from Ryerson, she started working at the Canadian Manda Group selling books to specialty retailers, Amazon, Costco and national accounts for publishers such as the Hachette Book Group, Disney & Hyperion, Abrams Books, Sterling Publishing, the Literary Press Group (a conglomerate of Canadian Publishers), Diamond Book Distributors, Independent Publishers Group, and others. She was learning a lot about the industry and making important publishing contacts, but she knew there was a job out there that would be a better fit. When she lost someone she loved, she realized there was no day like today to follow her dreams.

So she decided to learn how to be a literary agent from some of the best in the world:  she quit her job and trained with the McDermid Agency in Toronto, the Anna Jarota Agency in Paris and the Andrew Leonie Literary Agency in London to discover just what she needed to do to start her own company and sell author’s work to the best publishers. Now she runs the Beadle Literary Agency and represents some amazing authors, among them, the dungeon master extraordinaire, Matthew Mercer, the fashion blogger, Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior, the talented author / illustrator, Adam Snowball, and children’s authors’ Jenny Lee Learn and Judith Henderson. She is inspired by the growing list of talented authors and wonderful publishers she gets to work with every day and can’t wait to see their collaborations in print soon!
What Megan is looking for:

Megan is looking for the magic that happens when a literary agent falls in love with a manuscript or proposal.

Megan is seeking narrative non-fiction, lifestyle or cooking with a strong platform, genre fiction (fantasy and sci-fi especially), upmarket fiction, literary fiction, YA and middle-grade. She’s open to poetry.

Megan is NOT currently looking for:

Children’s books or plays.

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November 4th – Mini-Workshop: Eva Stachniak on Setting in Historical Fiction

Setting In Historical Fiction

Facilitator: Eva Stachniak

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The Mini-Workshop will look at how to create scenes set in the past which are vivid and convincing to the reader. Eva will talk about where to look for relevant historical details which will bring your scenes to life, how not to be bogged down by too much research, and how to transport your reader into the past in ways that intrigue and delight. Drawing from what Eva has learned from her favourite historical fiction writers and from her own writing experience, she’ll share her favourite tips and techniques of creating settings in historical fiction that are accurate, authentic, and alive.

About Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night, two novels about Catherine the Great The Winter Palace was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and made The Washington Post’s most notable fiction list. She holds a PhD in literature from McGill University. The Chosen Maiden, set in the world of Ballets Russes and inspired by the art and voice of Bronislava Nijinska, has been published in Canada, US, Germany and Poland.

Born and raised in Poland, Eva moved to Canada in 1981 and lives in Toronto.

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Edward Greig


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Bio:  I’ve spent the majority of my career in the advertising and communication fields as a creative director, designer and commercial writer. Dominion of the Spirit, my third novel, was inspired by anecdotal stories passed down to me through previous generations of the Greig family. These remembrances form the nucleus for this post-Victorian era, Great War novel.

Craft:  Writer, Commercial Writer

Genre:  Principally historical fiction

Dominion of the Spirit

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Dominion of the Spirit is a story of lives forever altered by the vagaries of fate and the irrepressible growth of a nation. As old-world traditions give way to the reality of a tumultuous new century, the Brighton family is forced to confront the spectre of a lost dynasty and those tragic circumstances endemic of a World War. Caught in the unalterable tidal currents of history, Thomas Brighton, a first generation Canadian, must overcome his personal demons by redefining the substance of his life in a convulsively changing time.

 

September 9th – Mini-Workshop: The Infinite Power and Responsibility of Storytelling

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Writers will explore first person storytelling and poetics, the dangers and excitements. This is a chance to share truth in a personal way – as a form of criticism with poetic veneer. We will dismantle truth, discuss the importance and healing power of telling untold stories, the responsibility of storytelling, and how to be careful not to appropriate.

About Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq)-settler poet, writer and critic. She is the author of Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015) and Who Took My Sister? (BookThug, 2018). She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence 2014, and is a board member. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently is working towards a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her play The Landless Band opens at LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland Spring 2018. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.

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Shannon Webb-Campbell – September 9th RoundTable

Shannon Webb-Campbell at the September 9th RoundTable & Mini-Workshop!

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Shannon Webb-Campbell

RoundTable Discussion: The Power and Hazards of Story, and What it Means to Write What We Know in Our Bones, Bodies and Hearts

Writing is powerful medicine. Stories are a means of passing down knowledge. Stories are sacred witness and ceremony and thus come with a sacred responsibility.

A story isn’t merely a story; it’s a telling and retelling, a living and breathing entity. All stories are acts of ceremony and harbour responsibility. Stories belong to particular cultures, peoples, lands and spirits.

Cultural appropriation is about consent, or the lack thereof.

This past spring, Twitter blew up over the “appropriation prize” debacle, fuelled by Hal Niedzviecki editorial called “Winning the Appropriation Prize” in Write Magazine, a quarterly published by the Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC). As some of the top editors and journalists of Canada’s media outlets lauded the idea of creating a literary prize-celebrating writers who seek to explore people, culture and narratives that are not their own, CanLit exposed its colonial underbelly.

As writers, how can we hope to understand profound experiences from another cultural group if we haven’t even bothered to ask whether it’s appropriate to share their stories in the first place?

In this Roundtable discussion, we will acknowledge the power and hazards of story, and what it means to write what we know in our bones, bodies and hearts. As writers, we carry our ancestors and generations of voices. Stories are transformative. Stories are complex, and at the heart of the problem with appropriating stories and voices are knowledge of location: where a story belongs; and ownership: who it belongs to and who is the rightful teller.

Every storyteller has a responsibility to their stories, where they come from, and whom they belong to. Questions we need to ask ourselves as writers include: Who am I to write this? What are my intentions writing this story? Who is my intended audience? Am I the appropriate teller for this story? What is my responsibility to my writing?

Easy answers are not the end game. Questions are the things – and often what propels writers to commit words to a page. This conversation invites writers to question, reflect, and expand the conversations around cultural appropriation, all the while finding their own voices, and treating the power of story with the respect it deserves.

Mini-Workshop: The Infinite Power and Responsibility of Storytelling

Writers will explore first person storytelling and poetics, the dangers and excitements. This is a chance to share truth in a personal way – as a form of criticism with poetic veneer. We will dismantle truth, discuss the importance and healing power of telling untold stories, the responsibility of storytelling, and how to be careful not to appropriate. Register for the Mini-Workshop when you register for the RoundTable.

About Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq)-settler poet, writer and critic. She is the author of Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015) and Who Took My Sister? (BookThug, 2018). She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence 2014, and is a board member. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently is working towards a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her play The Landless Band opens at LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland Spring 2018. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.

 
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Shannon Webb-Campbell – Decolonial Poetics – September 10, 2017

Decolonial Poetics

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Facilitator: Shannon Webb-Campbell

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Durham College – Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue (just east of Thickson Road)

Room: TBD

Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Overview: Indigenous poetry is inherently decolonial. It disrupts the colonial imagination. Part of Shannon’s objective for an Indigenous Poetics one-day workshop is to decolonize poetics, and overthrow the colonial mindset of Canadian poetry as we honour the land, ancestors, and every line break and stanza inscribed on Turtle Island.

Break new poetic ground through decolonial practices, and fuse Indigenous and non-Indigenous poetic strategies through various exercises, Traditional knowledge and ancestral poetic wisdom.

Poets at all levels are welcome—Indigenous and non-Indigenous who don’t know where to start from, to others who are wrestling with what it means to live and write unceded and unsurrendered Mississauguas of Scugog Island First Nation territory. Given the ongoing effects of colonization, we are at a crossroads on Turtle Island, and it is our responsibility as poets to reconnect with the lands and waters. Our role as poets is to honour the ancestors, and create a poetic footprint for generations to come.

This workshop will give examples and exercises to unpack and dismantle the colonial agenda through poetics. Along with several Indigenous poets like Liz Howard, Jordan Abel, Brian Brett, some examples will come from other Indigenous knowledge systems (e.g. the medicine wheel, healing plants, and philosophy), all poetics will be First Nations thinkers, writers, and idea makers. So bring pen, paper and open heart.

About Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a Mi’kmaq poet, writer, and critic. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015), recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award, is her first collection of poems. She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence 2014, and is a board member. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently is working towards a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Note: Lunch is NOT included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

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Deb Stratas


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Bio: Deb has had a lifelong passion for the British monarchy and is a proud royalist. As a young wife herself, she connected with Princess Diana watching her royal wedding over 30 years ago. She thrilled to watch Diana’s son Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton on the streets of London in 2011. She also attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2014.

Deb’s first novel: Diana, A Spencer in Love is an historically accurate yet fictional view of Princess Diana’s first extraordinary year in royal life. It tells the story from Diana’s point-of-view exploring what she was thinking and feeling during this incredible time in her life.

Watch for the next two books by the Princess Diana Storyteller: Diana, A Spencer in Turmoil and Diana, A Spencer Forever to continue Princess Diana’s journey!

Deb lives in a suburb of Toronto, Canada happily surrounded by her adult children, their spouses and first grand-daughter.

Craft: Writer

Genre: Historical fiction

Available for: Speeches, workshops, etc.

Diana, A Spencer in Love

Book cover - Diana, A Spencer in LoveDiana, A Spencer in Love is a historical fiction published by Indigo Sea Press. It was published in April 2017 and is currently available on amazon.com and amazon.ca.

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TOR/FORGE Books Online Pitch

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September 15 – September 25, 2017

Melissa Ann Singer

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Melissa Ann Singer has worked at Tor/Forge Books for more than 30 years. Before that, she spent several years at the Berkley Publishing Group. She is currently a Senior Editor and Manager of Editorial Operations, which means that in addition to editing, she builds procedures and does other things that keep the editorial department functioning. Primarily an editor of category fiction, she has edited in practically every genre, from western to romantic suspense and from horror to science fiction and fantasy. A native of NYC, she lives in a small apartment with a large cat.

What Melissa is looking for:

Genre fiction makes Melissa happy. As a reader, she’s plot-driven. A book’s story must make sense to her and must play fair with the reader, but she also expects convincing settings and living, breathing, characters. She doesn’t believe all protagonists must be likeable, but they must be compelling.

Send her:
  • Horror fiction, both supernatural and psychological, as well as gaslamp fantasy and dark fantasy. She’s open to anything creepy, frightening, or unsettling, from any tradition.
  • Epic fantasy, especially with a military bent.
  • Disaster stories (man-made or natural): killer avalanches, major wildfires, horrible diseases, plane crashes…preferably with a diverse cast of characters.
  • Thrillers with spies, moles, or whistleblowers or people discovering corporate or government conspiracies.
  • In mystery and suspense, she usually prefers professional sleuths:—cops and private eyes, forensic specialists and scientists. But she also loves romantic suspense and family-in-jeopardy.
  • She’s eager to see characters who represent the full spectrum of people in the real world and works by writers whose voices we have not heard before.
To submit, please go to the Online Pitches Facebook Page.

Paeans and Kudos April 2017

Jackie Brown

Outfox magazine imageJackie entered Outfox, the magazine she co-founded with WCDR member Jaq C. Reed, into the “Best Magazines 2017″ contest through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Outfox is for kids on the autism spectrum and is full of fun, facts, jokes and contests, all wrapped up in the message YOU ARE AWESOME.  This magazine also involves WCDR members Stan Taylor and Jesse Cameron.

Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie won 5th place in the Institute of Children’s LIterature Middle Grade Adventure Contest.

Rich Helms

Rich was invited to present bread baking as Lucy Maud Montgomery did in the early 1900s vs. today, and to talk at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society luncheon series.

Janet Stobie

Kawartha Lakes Stories Winter book imageMy short story, Snowbound Miracle of 1944, has been accepted for an anthology of true local stories by authors living in the Kawartha Lakes.

 

 

 

 

Ruth Walker

Ruth was interviewed twice: this month on Storylines in Muskoka FM and last month on Words on the Hill in Northumberland FM.