Taking Care of Business: A Professional Development Series

Like writers everywhere, our members are at many different levels of experience. We’re offering this four-session professional development series at one very low price, allowing you to focus on the areas where you need the most help. Simply register for one session, and you can drop in on any — or all — of them!

All sessions will be held via Zoom Webinar, and you must pre-register before the first session you wish to attend. You do not need a Zoom account to attend. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom and would like a preliminary introduction, here’s an overview of the platform.

Each session will start at 7:00pm (Atlantic Time) and will run for 1 to 1½ hours. Time will be set aside for participants to ask questions of the presenters.

Sign on the Dotted Line: Agents and Contracts

(Took place on Feb. 9)
What can you expect from an agent? How can you evaluate a publishing agreement? Join award-winning writer Vicki Grant and senior agent Fiona Kenshole (Transatlantic) as they discuss their author-agent relationship. Then stick around as lawyer Jillian Kean (McInnes Cooper) examines the fine print in publishing contracts.

Grant Writing

(Took place on Feb. 16)
Maybe you’d like some dedicated time to write. Or maybe you need to travel to do research. Maybe you’d like to do a writer’s residency and could use some support. Join us as writer Kate Inglis gives her tips for successful grant writing. Providing additional details on programs available to writers will be Enrique Ferreol (Program Officer, Arts Nova Scotia) and Andrew Steinmetz (Program Officer, Canada Council for the Arts).

Super Fans: Building an Engaged Social Media Community

(Took place on Feb. 23)
When you’ve spent two years with your head in a manuscript, jumping into social media doesn’t always feel like a natural transition. Yet with traditional book coverage at an all-time low, that’s exactly what prospective publishers expect you to do. In this PD session, author and communications specialist Sarah Sawler will give you the tools you need to build an engaged and supportive social community.

The Name of the Game: Finding a Publisher for your Book

(Took place on March 2)
Prolific author and publisher Lesley Choyce will unravel the mysteries around finding a publisher for your book manuscript. Because publishing is an ever-changing business — and it is just that, a business — creativity is not enough. For first time authors and for those with a publishing record, Lesley will illuminate the dark corners, give you a map through this maze, and discuss the process from both sides — that of a writer and that of a publisher.

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