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Things to know so that you have the most enjoyable experience:

  • Sessions will run for approximately 1 hour each. On occasion, Q&A may push us over, but if time restraints prevent you from staying, no one will be offended if you have to duck out before we are done.
  • The Zoom room will open approximately 5 minutes before each session.
  • We typically allow for 2-3 minutes at the start of each session so that anyone experiencing technical challenges can still join us without missing anything.
  • We recommend you open zoom a bit early for the first session as there have been some software updates from zoom recently that can take a few minutes to configure. (This is most important for people who have not used zoom in a while)
  • All sessions except discussion events will be recorded.
  • Links to the recordings will be sent out approximately 2 days after the last session of the Writing Intensive (November 27th)
  • Recordings will be available to you for 1 month.
  • Each session is independent from the other sessions, so if you miss one, you will not be left behind.
  • The presenters have prepared handouts that will be sent out over the week. We do this to avoid people feeling like they need to ask for slides.
  • We want everyone to enjoy themselves and to leave each session feeling inspired.


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We are excited to present this next Writing Intensive focusing on one of our most commonly received questions: First Draft Done - Now What?

We're offering six days of presentations to give you the tools to advance your craft and practice. This Writing Intensive will feature daily workshops from award-winning authors and publishers on topics such as:

  • Beta & Sensitivity Readers
  • Working with Editors
  • Pre-Publication Visibility
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • The Art of Pitching
  • Presenting Like a Pro
  • and more

The sessions will be accompanied by suggested exercises, with opportunities to connect and discuss your learnings and experiences with fellow participants over the week.

This event is open to writers of all skill levels from anywhere around the world. While we operate from beautiful British Columbia, we are excited to welcome any participants who are interested in learning more about this important phase in any writing project.

Most sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for a month after the event.

All sessions will occur either at 11AM or 1PM over Zoom and will be approximately an hour in length. The full schedule is coming soon!

Oh, and did we mention the door prize? One lucky participant will receive a special prize from our friends at the Writers Studio at Simon Frasier University. Register before October 31st to qualify. Full details available soon.


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    SHEDULE AND SESSION DETAILS (schedule and titles subject to change)

    MONDAY NOV 20, 11AM: What Comes Next - A Roadmap For After the First Draft ? with Christina Myers


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    So you've written the book. Congratulations! But what now? A lot happens after that first draft and before publication, but a lot of it can feel mysterious and invisible. Explore some of the steps of the writing journey, after the writing has happened, from editing to working with agents and publishers.

    PRESENTER BIO

    Christina Myers is a writer, editor and former journalist. Her novel The List of Last Chances (2021) was longlisted for the Leacock Medal. She was the editor of the award-winning anthology, BIG (202). Her next book, Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife, a collection of essays, is forthcoming from House of Anansi. She is the 2023 Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers.

    MONDAY NOV 20, 1PM: What You Need On an Author Website, Even if You Aren't Published Yet with Steve Bennett


    EVENT DESCRIPTION

    Are you seeking representation for your manuscript? Going the self-publishing route? Either way, you’ll need an effective website that conveys your unique brand. Agents need it to sell your work to a publisher. And as a self-published author, the world expects a professional web presence. In this session, we’ll discuss website options and demystify the common jargon. We’ll also provide do’s and don'ts and recommend best practices that can make your author website shine, whether it’s a one page starter or a multi-page presentation of your work.

    PRESENTER BIOS

    Steve Bennett launched AuthorBytes in 2001. A former full-time author and business/tech journalist, Steve serves as the company’s creative director and manager of business relations.

    Laura Spinella has been a project manager with AuthorBytes since 2011, the same year her first novel was published by Penguin. As the author of eight published novels, Laura brings a unique perspective to her position with AuthorBytes.



    TUESDAY NOV 21, 11AM: Live Editing Session with Editors BC


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    Kyle and Tara live-edit a piece of fiction to show not only a behind-the-scenes look at how editors approach their work, but also the ways in which opinions can vary from editor to editor.

    Tara Avery and Kyle Hawke are Vancouver-based writers and editors. They co-chair communications for Editors BC. They're also co-chairing Editors Canada's 2024 conference in Vancouver, BC. They enjoy extolling the merits of various literary devices and types of punctuation.

    PRESENTER BIO

    Kyle Hawke is a poet, voice artist, and editor. Through his various interactions with words, he knows how they can change the world and wants to give them the platform to do so. whispers of humanity, Kyle’s first collection of poetry in book form, juxtaposed with the art of Wade Edwards, was launched at the start of the pandemic. He claims no causal relationship. He lives in Vancouver, BC. 

    Tara Avery is a Canadian editor, writer, and writing coach currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a BFA in Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing from UBC, and is a member of Editors Canada, the Delta Literary Society, and the CIEP. Tara believes words have the power to unite, entertain, and teach us. Mostly, she's just thrilled she's achieved her childhood dream of working with them for a living.

    TUESDAY NOV 21, 1PM: The Art of Pitching with Wanda Taylor


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    As a former Acquisitions Editor, Wanda has heard hundreds of pitches. As a writer, she has probably pitched just as many times. Her presentation gives writers some vital insight into the art of pitching, including the do's and don'ts.

    PRESENTER BIO

    Wanda Taylor is a journalist, screenwriter, college professor and author of fiction and nonfiction across youth and adult markets. She is an editor and sensitivity reader, and serves as VP for the Creative Non-Fiction Collective. Her magazine features and essays can be found in publications across Canada, the US, and the UK. Wanda's recently released MG novel, The Grover School Pledge, was selected as one of the Best Books in Children's Literature by Kobo Books.

    WEDNESDAY NOV 22, 11AM: Imposter Syndrome & Finding Your Place with Harrison Mooney


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    Why is my story worth telling? Many new and emerging writers find themselves stuck on this question, but the answer is simple: no one else can, and we need it.

    PRESENTER BIO

    HARRISON MOONEY is a best-selling author and journalist who was recently awarded the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for his debut memoir, Invisible Boy. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun, National Post, the Guardian, Yahoo and Maclean's. He lives in East Vancouver with his family.

    WEDNESDAY NOV 22, 1PM: Breakout Rooms Discussion with Meaghan Hackinen


    SESSION DESCRIPTION

    Join us for a discussion on our learnings and takeaways from our sessions so far.  We will use breakout rooms for more nuanced chats.


    HOST BIO

    Meaghan Hackinen is a writer, ultra-endurance cyclist, and Programming Associate at the FBCW. Meaghan's two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along Europe’s highest paved roads. Her debut travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was a finalist for two Canadian book awards. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People in Kelowna, BC. Find Meaghan online at meaghanhackinen.com and @meaghanhackinen on Instagram.


    THURSDAY NOV 23, 11AM: Hiring the Right Editor: Avoid the Biggest Mistake Indie Authors Make with Jen Landels from Pulp Literature


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    You want your work to shine, and you’ve set aside the money for hiring a professional editor… but wait! There are many stages to editing and many choices for hiring an editor. But hiring a ‘proofreader’ is often the biggest mistake most indie authors make. Find out the better options which will make your book a success.

    PRESENTER BIO

    Jennifer Landels (she/they) is the Managing Editor of Pulp Literature Press. She is a frequent lecturer at writing events, and has travelled to France, Germany, the UK, and the US to teach at conferences. As JM Landels she writes fantasy and historical fiction, including the bestselling Allaigna's Song trilogy. In addition to her literary activities she also teaches swordplay from horseback with Academie Cavallo at Cornwall Ridge Farm in Langley BC.


    THURSDAY NOV 23, 1PM: Beta and Sensitivity Readers with Erin Olds from Salt & Sage


    EVENT DESCRIPTION

    Unlock the secrets of successful storytelling with Salt and Sage Books in our dynamic presentation on "Beta Readers and Sensitivity Readers." Delve into the world of these vital literary allies, learn why they're indispensable for your writing journey, and explore how they differ from conventional editing. Join us for an engaging hour of discovery, followed by a Q&A session, and empower your storytelling skills with valuable takeaways.


    PRESENTER BIO

    Erin Olds loves to travel, read, and drink boba tea! She currently lives in Seattle, where she homeschools her two excellent children. Erin is the CEO of and editor at Salt & Sage Books, an editing company dedicated to kindness. With a degree in English and French, Erin has worked with authors of all ages her whole adult life. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in various journals and magazines. She is a hybrid published author, with several indie books out under a pen name and her first traditionally published book (still a secret!) in progress.


    FRIDAY NOV 24 11AM: Establishing an Author Platform and Credibility Pre-Publication with Ariel Hudnall from Zg Stories


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    Establishing an online presence ahead of the publication of your work can significantly ease the burden of marketing a book, but what is the best way to go about it? How do you decide which channels to prioritize, what to put on your website, and where are the best places to build credibility? Ariel Hudnall, the Managing Director of Zg Stories, a full-service book marketing agency, shares essential tips and tactics for authors heading toward their debut.


    PRESENTOR BIO

    Ariel Hudnall is a writer, book marketing specialist, and an avid tea drinker. She is the Managing Director of Zg Stories, a marketing agency specializing in book publicity, author platform development, and storytelling stratagem. She has worked (or volunteered) as a developmental and acquisitions editor, book designer, digital advertiser, publicist, marketing consultant and strategist, as well as workshop facilitator. When she is not working, Ariel pursues creative writing, gardening, and baking.

    FRIDAY NOV 24 1PM: Breakout Rooms Discussion with Bryan Mortensen


    EVENT DESCRIPTION

    Join us for a discussion on our learnings and takeaways from our sessions so far. We will use breakout rooms for more nuanced chats.

    HOST BIO

    Bryan Mortensen is a writer, traveller, and administrator who calls the Comox Valley home. He is has a degree in English from the University of Alberta with a minor in Philosophy. At his core, Bryan believes in advocating for and with people who have been traditionally marginalized. Nine out of ten of Bryan's friends describe him as fun and or exhausting

    SATURDAY NOV 25 11AM: Presenting Like A Pro with Janice Lore

    FRIDAY NOV 24 1PM: Presenting Like A Pro with Janice Lore


    EVENT DESCRIPTION

    After the labour of crafting a story or poem, there is nothing more important than the effective public presentation of your work, to make sure it connects with its audience. This workshop offers a few helpful exercises and useful tips, so you can begin to discover how to bring out the best in your writing and effectively present it to your audience.


    PRESENTOR BIO

    Janice Lore’s writing has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines, and on CBC radio. She is inspired by working with other artists, collaborating on multi-disciplinary performances and performance poetry shows. Janice enjoys the challenge of creating effective presentations of her work.

    Her poetry chapbook, Ipsissima Verba, was scripted and performed, and her poem “Requiem for the Fridge” appeared on the door of a dead refrigerator. She also makes handmade books.


    SATURDAY NOV 25 1PM: Recap and Social with Meaghan Hackinen


    PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

    Join us for a recap discussion on our learnings and takeaways covering the full week. We will start the session in a large group chat and will split off into breakout rooms for more nuanced chats.


    HOST BIO

    Meaghan Hackinen is a writer, ultra-endurance cyclist, and Programming Associate at the FBCW. Meaghan's two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along Europe’s highest paved roads. Her debut travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was a finalist for two Canadian book awards. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People in Kelowna, BC. Find Meaghan online at meaghanhackinen.com and @meaghanhackinen on Instagram.



    Thank you to our Writing Intensive Sponsors









    AuthorBytes is the leader in website design and managed WordPress hosting for authors. They build highly effective web marketing tools for authors and the fastest managed WordPress hosting platform in the industry. Learn more about how AuthorBytes next generation sites can be tailored to your unique brand and increase your visibility!

    Every writer needs the right tools, techniques and support to develop their work. The Writer’s Studio part-time creative writing program is designed for writers who are ready to immerse themselves in a manuscript. You’ll join a supportive community as you master your craft and establish a sustainable writing practice.





    Pulp Literature Press publishes genre-busting fresh fiction, poetry, and comics. Good books for the price of a beer!


    Zg Stories, one of the largest book marketing agencies in North America, is an award-winning creative agency amplifying stories that matter. We support publishers, authors, and literary organizations in marketing books and so much more.


    We are the British Columbia branch of Editors Canada, a professional organization of more than 1,300 members coast to coast and more than 200 in British Columbia.

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