Writers’ Union of Canada: Publishing 2.0 – Tips and Traps

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) will be holding a series of day-long professional development workshops for writers in all phases of their careers, packed with information about the traditional path to publication and the widening and diversifying independent path to publication.

Whether you are an aspiring, emerging, or an established writer, the ever-changing publishing landscape can be daunting. If you want to learn the skills needed to succeed in today’s publishing landscape, the traditional and/or independent route, then this full-day workshop is for you.

Participants will leave the workshop having gained the know-how and confidence to work within the current publishing landscape, and an expanded, inspired sense of what it means to be a writer in today’s world.

TWUC Member Caroline Adderson will be presenting the Traditional Path to Publication:

  • working with an agent (how this relationship may be changing)
  • keys to a successful submission
  • contract terms for print and electronic rights
  • working with an in-house editor
  • involvement in the publishing process
  • working with an in-house publicist

TWUC member Mary W. Walters will speak to the growing practice of Independent Publication:

  • options for funding, including crowdsourcing
  • print on demand and e-book formats
  • being your own editor or hiring an editor
  • managing your digital rights
  • the importance of metadata
  • doing the design work
  • pricing and selling/distribution
  • self-promotion

John Degen, executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada will host the workshop and discuss the current publishing and bookselling landscape, including important issues for writers such as contract terms, royalty rates, and copyright.

The Writers’ Union will be presenting professional development workshops on the topic of “Publishing 2.0 – Tips and Traps” in 9 different Canadian cities. All workshops start at 9:30am and end at 4:30pm. There will be a coffee break and a lunch provided to all participants. A web-based video presentation of this workshop will be prepared and offered for sale at a later date.

The first 5 cities will be:

  • Moncton: Monday, February 3, 2014, Wedgewood Hall, (Curling Beauséjour building), 80 Lockhart Avenue
  • Halifax: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie University Student Union Building, 3rd floor, Room 307, 6136 University Avenue
  • Montreal: Monday, February 17, 2014, Hotel Lord Berri, Senneville Room, 1199 Rue Berri
  • Ottawa: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, University of Ottawa, FSS Building (Social Sciences Building), 120 University, Room 4004
  • Toronto: Friday, February 21, 2014, Ryerson University, International Living Learning Centre, International Room, 240 Jarvis Street
  • Cities and dates for Fall 2014 coming soon!

COST: $95 (discounted rate for TWUC members $80). Click here to register for the workshop.

If you have any questions about registering or the workshops, please contact Valerie Laws at info@writersunion.ca or 416-703-8982 x 224.

These presentations are part of TWUC’s ongoing Professional Development Workshop Series, a program made possible with assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Canada Book Fund. Its purpose is to enhance the careers of book writers, whether unpublished, emerging, or established.