Monday, October 31, 2022

How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Olga Filina, Saturday, Nov 19, in Mississauga

Heartbreak Homes by Jo Treggiari
represented by 5 Otter

How to Get Published

An editor & a literary agent tell all

Saturday, November 19
10 am. – 3:45 /4:30 p.m.
St Stephen’s on the Hill United Church, 998 Indian Rd, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here)

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll focus on the process of submitting to an agent or publisher, and show you exactly how to write a query letter that will get a “yes!” Bring all your questions! Come and get ready to be published!

As this is an in-person workshop, numbers will be strictly limited  so lots of personal attention.

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, three copies could be helpful. Olga and I will publicly critique several of these queries (perhaps half a dozen) so that everyone can see what works and what doesn’t.

And be sure to bring your elevator pitch! Following the end of the formal workshop at about 3:45, Brian Henry will be staying to help interested attendees, rewrite their query letters, while literary agent Olga Filina will be listening to your pitches. Agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.

Guest speaker Olga Filina is a Literary Agent and Partner with 5 Otter Literary.

Olga brings over twenty years of book industry experience to her work as an agent. From bookseller and buyer at national and independent bookstore chains, to director of literary festivals, library board member, publishing consultant, independent editor, book reviewer, and founding member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents, Olga has the specialized knowledge to find the best direction for her clients’ work.

Olga is currently looking for literary and book club fiction, historical fiction, crime, mystery, and suspense novels. She also wants prescriptive nonfiction projects, and memoir with exceptional writing, focusing on underrepresented voices.

In Kid Lit, she is looking for middle grade fiction with memorable characters, contemporary YA, and nonfiction across all categories.

Note: 5 Otter Literary took on a participant from a previous workshop and recently landed him a two-book deal with Tundra (Penguin-Random House's imprint for kid lit). See here.

Workshop leader 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 Windsor to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 

See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance by mail or Interac

Or$46.02 + 13% hst = $52 if you wait to pay at the workshop {put please do reserve your spot in advance regardless}

To reserve a spot now, email:

See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.


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