From the Horse’s Mouth
~ strategies for getting published ~
Saturday, June 18
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Rogers School of Management, Room 1077
Bay Street, Toronto (At the corner of Dundas Street, one block
west of Yonge Street, Map here).
From the Horse’s Mouth is a
round table discussion with three members of the publishing community, moderated
by writing instructor, writer and editor Brian Henry. Following
the presenters' introductory remarks, discussion will be opened up to the floor
to address the concerns and questions of those aspiring writers present, both
of fiction and nonfiction, interested in improving their chances of getting
published. Questions addressed will include: What are the editors looking
Barbara Berson, Literary Agent with the Helen Heller
Barbara has been
an editor for the past 30 years, first in her native New York, then in Toronto,
where she was most recently a senior editor with Penguin Canada, one
of Canada’s premier general publishers. Barbara has worked with both
established and emerging authors of literary fiction, nonfiction, and young
adult books. Her authors have been the recipients of numerous prizes, including
the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. “I’m looking for literary
and YA fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction,” says Barbara. “I’m keen as well on YA fiction – dark, funny,
energetic, compelling – and narrative non-fiction, too.” (See more on the Helen Heller Agency here.)
Mirolla, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Guernica Editions.
2010 Michale and his partner Connie McParland took
over Guernica Editions from its founder. Guernica was the first press in
Canada to consciously feature a multicultural blend of Canadian and foreign literary
authors in translation. Michael has also created a new imprint, MiroLand, which
is open to how-to books, memoirs, speculative fiction, graphic novels. At Guernica, Michael does a bit of everything from evaluating and assessing
incoming manuscript submissions to dealing with author contracts; from making
decisions on the type and number of manuscripts to be published annually to working
with the publicist for marketing and promotion; from dealing with the
distributors and sales reps to overseeing the grant application process.
Michael has also written a clutch of novels, a
novella, and short story and poetry collections. His most recent poetry
collection, The House on 14th Avenue, won the 2014 Bressani Prize for Poetry. His novel Berlin took the same prize (for fiction)
in 2010. His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected
for The Journey Prize Anthology; and
the short story “The Sand Flea” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Bhavna Chauhan, Editor with Penguin Random House Canada.
Penguin Random House Canada is the Canadian division of Penguin Random
House, the world’s most global trade book publisher, which was formed on
July 1, 2013, by the merger of Penguin and Random House. Worldwide, the
company employs more than 10,000 people, and it’s the biggest publisher in
Canada. It publishes all kinds of books for both adults and children. Bhavna has been involved in the publishing industry since 2008 when she
started as the Assistant to the Publisher at Doubleday Canada. She moved to McClelland
and Stewart in 2011 and then to Penguin Random
House in 2014. As an editor, Bhavna acquires and commissions manuscripts,
both fiction and nonfiction, and works directly with the authors to
develop their books.
Moderator Brian Henry has been a book editor
and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick
Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing
at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo
and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has
helped many of his students get published.
Fee: $115.72 (includes hst)
Register online with Ryerson here.
And on June 18, bring a cheque made out to
Ryerson University for $115.72 (No cash and absolutely no credit cards, please)
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