March 2017 Guest Speaker – Kerry Clare

Fail Better with Kerry Clare
March 11th RoundTable Speaker

Kerry Clare
Kerry Clare


The best thing that ever happened to me as a writer was having my thesis project (a novel) for my Creative Writing Masters Degree declared, unilaterally (pretty much): boring. They weren’t wrong. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, because failing in my ambitions taught me that failure wasn’t so bad after all. And once I learned that, there was nothing to be afraid of, and it was here where my writing life really began, unfolding in ways that have never ceased to surprise me.

About Kerry Clare: For more than fifteen years, I have been blogging about books, writing, reading, my family, and curious adventures and diversions. I’m a reader, National Magazine Award-nominated writer, an editor, a writing instructor & a world famous would-be pickler.

My debut novel, Mitzi Bytes, “a grown-up Harriet the Spy for the digital age,” will be published by Harpercollins Canada in early 2017.

I read and write in downtown Toronto, where I live in a drafty attic with my husband, Stuart, and our daughters, Harriet and Iris. I have the best part-time job in Canadian literature, editing the fantastic books website 49thShelf, and I also teach The Art of Blogging at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.