Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to Get Published workshop, Newmarket, Ontario, with guest literary agent Meghan Macdonald, Sat, May 12

"Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover"
by Amanda Leduc, one of Meghan's clients
The Writers' Community of York Region and the Aurora Writers's Group present...

"How to Get Published"
An editor & an agent tell all
Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 2012
Newmarket Community Centre and Lion's Hall, Hall #2, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket (Map here.)

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Guest speaker Meghan Macdonald is an agent with Transatlantic Literary Agency. Established in 1993 as a Toronto agency specializing in children’s literature, TLA has broadened into an international agency with offices in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. In addition to its children’s authors, TLA now has more than seventy critically acclaimed, award-winning authors of fiction and non-fiction for adults.

Four agents at TLA are looking for all sorts of authors, including people writing adult and children’s lit, fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. Meghan's particular interests include urban fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction (that has been impeccably researched but is still a fictional narrative), and topical exposé non-fiction that is persuasive and/or a sustained polemic.

She is also interested in scholarly non-fiction, particularly historical treatments, that are intelligent but accessible without being simplistic (examples are Augustus by John Buchan, Apocalypse by Neil Faulkner, The Sea Kingdoms by Alistair Moffat, and Sailing The Wine-Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill).

Meghan Macdonald
Meghan’s clients include Zander Sherman, Kevin Hardcastle, Amanda Leduc, Suzanne North, and Christine Fischer Guy.

More on Transatlantic Literary Agency here.

Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, 3 copies could be helpful.

Fee: $38.94 plus hst = $44 paid in advance
or $42.48 plus hst = $48 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca  

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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