The Pragmatics of Your Writing Career
During this intensive one-day Professional Development workshop, you’ll take part in four sessions designed to inform, prepare and re-energize your career as a writer.
Sunday July 9, 2017
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver Campus, University of British Columbia
Price: $179 + GST (includes coffee, refreshments and lunch)
Building is handicapped accessible
Schedule & Presenters
9:00-9:30 Registration with coffee and refreshments
9:30-10:45 – Agent Alert
“How do I get an agent?” is probably the most common question from an early career writer. Hear from Sally Harding, Cooke Agency co-owner and representative of some of North America’s best known writers, on the state of various genres in the publishing world, how to secure representation, preparing your manuscript for submission, and everything in between.
11:00-12:15 – The Writer/Editor Relationship
Ask any writer what the value of a great editor is and you’ll learn it’s a mix of luck, mutual respect and a resolute pursuit to get it right. This session, with Nita Pronovost, VP, Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Mine, will offer writers pro tips on how to work with editors, regardless of genre.
12:30 – 1:30 – Catered Lunch
1:30 – 3:15 – Media Training
Wondering how you might deal with various media requests upon the publication of your book or the launch of your Youtube series? This interactive session with Zoe Grams, Principal of ZG Communications, offers the opportunity to ask questions of a publicist and public relations expert, perform mock interviews, and generally understand how to deal with all media requests with professional confidence and panache.
3:30 – 4:30 pm – From Drawer to Desktop
Unsure of what to do with those long-forgotten projects in the drawer? Recreate, re-energize, re-purpose them in this hands-on session with podcaster Jen Moss, YA Author (and UBC faculty member) Emily Pohl-Weary, and journalist and memoirist Carol Shaben, author of the bestseller Into the Abyss and co-writer of The Marriott Cell with Mohammed Fahmy.