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Special Event with Partner Organizations

New Directions in Self-Publishing
Tue, March 27,  7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Room 610, Health Sciences Building,155 College St, Toronto, ON M5T, Canada
(Enter through front doors, take elevator to sixth floor, and turn left).

pexels-photo-76942Self-publishing has come a long way since print-on-demand services first surfaced in the late 1990s. Driven by technological change, shifting reading habits, and proliferating formats, self-publishing is a constantly evolving space where success can be elusive, but where the odds improve with detailed knowledge of the industry, investments in professional editing and design, and a willingness to adapt to changing conditions.

Join Editors Toronto and the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Toronto chapter (PWAC) on March 27 for a panel discussion about the current state of the industry. Led by four seasoned professionals whose work has involved them in all areas of self-publishing, from POD, hybrids, and ebooks to crowdfunding, audiobooks, and online reading and writing communities, this event is sponsored and hosted by the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, and is geared to writers, editors, other publishing industry professionals, and students. Register online.


Stephanie Fysh
Stephanie Fysh

Stephanie Fysh is a Toronto-based freelance editor of fiction and nonfiction for publishers and independent authors. Alongside freelancing, Fysh taught editing at Ryerson University for over a decade, was co-coordinator of the Publishing certificate for many of those years. She will speak about her 20 years as a freelance editor and especially about her work with independent authors of fiction, specializing in fantasy, science fiction, YA, romance, and erotica. Fysh, who has also worked with hybrid publishers on projects that range from harrowing memoirs to comedy and who still edits the occasional textbook, will discuss what it takes to bring a project from development to layout-ready manuscript.

Nina Munteanu
Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu is an award-winning Canadian ecologist and internationally published author of eight novels, including Darwin’s Paradox and The Splintered Universe Trilogy, award-winning short stories, essays, and nonfiction books. As an editor, Munteanu has worked extensively for traditional publishers and self-published authors. A frequent contributor to Amazing Stories and other science fiction publications, Munteanu teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Her latest book is Water Is…The Meaning of Water, a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist, which was featured in The New York Times in 2016. Munteanu will speak about rising professional standards in self-publishing, and shifting opportunities and responsibilities facing editors.

Meghan Behse
Meghan Behse

Meghan Behse has been working in alternative publishing for nearly eight years. She began her career as an editor for Colborne Communications – editing everything from financial reports to board games – and soon became the company’s vice president. In 2011, Meghan was intimately involved in bringing the hybrid publishing model to Canada through her work launching and later operating Iguana Books. As publisher, she steered Iguana through a new world of digital and print-on-demand publishing while experimenting with unique royalty arrangements and funding models, including crowdfunding for book projects. Meghan is currently the president of PubLaunch Inc., an online marketplace and crowdfunding platform where writers, readers, and publishing professionals join forces to publish books. She’ll focus on strategies for using emerging technologies to overcome obstacles faced by writers within the alternative publishing industry, particularly in Canada.

Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre is an author of fiction and non-fiction, a professional speaker, a digital publishing advocate and a bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling. He self-published his first book in 2004, was an early adopter of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, and he created Kobo Writing Life, a self-publishing tool that now represents 1 in every 5 book sales in Kobo’s global catalog. With more than a dozen traditionally published and self-published books to his name, (including Haunted HospitalsMacabre Montreal, and A Canadian Werewolf in New York) Mark remains optimistic about the growing possibilities for writers and publishers in this exciting new digital age. He’ll explain what prompted him to self-publish his first book, “ten years before any self-respecting writer would admit to such a foul thing,” and discuss why it’s important to understand the publishing business before deciding which solutions in a hybrid publishing world work best. Lefebvre will also tackle the big-picture question: “What is currently wrong with self-publishing and how can we work together to fix that?”

ABOUT THIS EVENT: This professional development program is jointly presented by PWAC-Toronto and Editors Toronto, and sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Everyone is welcome.

TICKETS: FREE for members of PWAC and Editors Toronto. FREE for affiliates of the University of Toronto’s Creative Writing Program. $5 for all full-time students in other programs (please bring your valid student card to the event). Non-members: $10 with online pre-registration or $15 at the door. For the ACCESS CODE needed to reserve your FREE ticket, please contact your association or department. An email including the access code will be sent to Editors Toronto and PWAC members, and to faculty and students in the Creative Writing Program at CSC.

RAFFLE: Remember to pocket a toonie! Enter our raffle to win valuable prizes and support the University of Toronto’s Creative Writing Bursary for emerging writers.

Cost: $2/ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.

Raffle Prizes: a FREE one-hour consultation with award-winning author and self-publishing expert Mark Leslie Lefebvre, valued at $197 USD; two books by Mark Leslie Lefebvre; one $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre; three copies of Toronto author Georgie Binks’ self-published novel, A Crack in the Sidewalk, donated by Ms. Binks; more books, with titles TBD, edited by Stephanie Fysh and written by Nina Munteanu; and one coffee table book donated by Vancouver’s Greystone Books.

Thank you to Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Stephanie Fysh, Nina Munteanu, Georgie Binks, the Oxford Properties Group, the Scarborough Town Centre, and Greystone Books for generously supporting this event.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Cheers With Peers
After regular seminars, Cheers With Peers networking is held at the East of Brunswick Pub and Kitchen at 720 Spadina Avenue, starting at 9 p.m.




Past Events 


Advanced Interviewing Skills for Writersdigitalrecorder
Monday, January 29, 2018, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre,750 Spadina Avenue, Rm 218
Whether you’re a journalist, a corporate writer or a ghostwriter, you need to know how to ask tough questions and get good answerspreferably without alienating your interview subject. Writers share this need with other professionals, such as lawyers and psychologists. At this panel presentation, you’ll get practical tips from writers and other professionals who are experts at getting people to open up and share information. 


Special Event
Ho-Ho-Holiday party
Monday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
Christmas balls with ribbon on snowPWAC Toronto Chapter members and friends are invited to join us for nibbles and great conversation at Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen (777 Bay Street, downtown Toronto; entrance is on College Street just west of Yonge). Catch up with fellow writers and celebrate the season at our highly anticipated annual holiday party! There is no fee to attend; pay for your own drinks and additional menu items. Please RSVP to Carolyn Camilleri, VP Special Events and Networking, at [email protected].

Special Event
Ask The Expert with Dorothea Helms (PWAC Members Only) POSTPONED
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6 p.m.
dorothea250Up to eight PWAC Toronto Chapter members can join The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, for wine, snacks and an intimate conversation. This is your chance to learn the secrets of building a well-paying writing career, from a long-time freelancer who is generous with her advice.  This exclusive event will be hosted by former PWAC Toronto Chapter president Virginia Heffernan. Tickets are $25 each, for members only, and sold on a first-booked, first-served basis. Buy your tickets online now. (Address and directions will be emailed to attendees.)

How to Break Into B2B Copywriting
Monday, November 20, 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre,750 Spadina Avenue, Rm 218
Woman writing and planning business strategyBusiness-to-business (B2B) copywriting is a lucrative market for freelancers. Our speakers will discuss how to get started in B2B copywriting, examples of B2B marketing materials you can write (such as case studies and white papers) and how to find clients. Register now.

Freelance Writing 101: Starting Out Right
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre,750 Spadina Avenue, Rm 301
Thinking of launching a freelance writing business? Don’t miss this panel presentation. Sue Bowness, freelance writing instructor and PWAC Toronto Chapter blog editor, will share an overview of how freelance writers earn a living, including different types of content you can write and their pay rates. Get tips from accountant Sunny Widerman about money management for freelancers. Karen Luttrell, marketing strategist and PWAC Toronto Chapter president, will walk you through the basics of developing a marketing plan for your new freelance writing business.

Creating Client Relationships that Rock
Monday, March 27, 7 to 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

If you earn your living as a freelancer, it’s essential to have great client relationships. This event will help you take good care of those all-important relationships and yourself too. Topics include building rapport with new clients and securing repeat work, the elements of a good contract, how to get paid when they’re not paying, and how to fire a bad client.

The Healthy Freelancer: Self-Care for the Self-Employed
Monday, January 9, 7 to 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

Dealing with deadlines doesn’t have to be stressful. Learn self-care strategies and wellness tips that can fit into your busy schedule. Trade your tension for healthy mind and body strategies that will help you feel better and boost your productivity. Speakers include experts in ergonomics, fitness, and nutrition.

Oh, the places you’ll go: A bookstore crawl
Saturday, November 19, 1 - 6 pm

Editors Toronto and the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada held their inaugural bookstore crawl.

Going Global: How to Find & Work with International Clients
Thursday, November 24, 7 - 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

We’re called the Professional Writers Association of Canada, but our international markets are expanding as English becomes the default language of business and academia in more and more countries. In this panel discussion, you’ll learn how to find, pitch to, and nurture clients outside of domestic markets. We’ll also cover the practicalities of working internationally, such as getting paid, tax implications, and required paperwork (such as the W-8BEN form for American clients).

Build Your Buzz: Self-Promotion for Writers
Monday, October 17, 7 to 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

What are the best tools and techniques for writers to promote themselves and attract new clients? Our experts discuss a wide range of marketing tools. Key topics include self-promotion for introverted writers, adopting new vs. traditional self-promotion tactics, creating your own website/blog vs. hiring a professional, and more.

So You Want to Be a Creative Freelancer?
Presented at Culture Days
Saturday, October 1, 2 to 3:45 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 218

Do you work as a writer, editor, or graphic designer? Are you thinking about launching your own business? Learn about the perks and pitfalls of freelancing from long-time members and volunteers with the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Toronto Chapter, Editors Toronto, and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Topics include how to find clients, working with other creative professionals, and more practical information for freelancers. The presentation includes a Q&A session.

Download speaker details: So You Want to Be a Creative Freelancer-2016-pdf