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TOK Ottawa Symposium

Nov 30-Dec 1, 2018

 

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Join us for TOK Ottawa, a two-day symposium for writers and readers taking place November 30-December 1, 2018. TOK, the digital magazine of Diaspora Dialogues, publishes fiercely honest, freshly original writing from our cities, and from around the world.

Day One includes workshops for emerging authors about publishing and promotion and four on-stage interviews with best-selling Canadian and American authors whose books are loved by hundreds of thousands of Canadian teenagers and young adults. These sessions will be taped for later podcasts. The end of the day includes a networking reception for authors, publishing pros and speakers. All events are free but registration is required.

Day two includes two panel conversations, Writing in the Age of Netflix and Writing the Future: Kid Lit and Young Adult, and one more on-stage author interview. These are free and open to the public but registration is required. More information: Helen Walsh, helen@diasporadialogues.com

Media enquiries, Rosemarie Enslin, enslin@enslinpr.com, 403-630-8421 or Nina Gimore, nina@diasporadialogues.com, 647-479-8962 ext 240.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Pitching an Agent or Publisher

Nov 30, 2018; 12:00 –1:15pm
The Bronson Centre, Room 110
211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

You’ve written a captivating manuscript? Great, now you have to sell it. Publishing is a business, and convincing a publisher to take a chance on your first or second book can be challenging, especially in an industry that has seen many cutbacks and consolidation. Join this workshop to hear tips from one of the top literary agencies in Canada, as well as publishers; talk to them about your project and ask the questions one-on-one necessary to help your manuscript avoid the dreaded slush pile.

With literary agent Carolyn Forde (Westwood Creative Artists) and others.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Carolyn Forde has at been at Westwood Creative Artists  since 2005, and been a shareholder in the agency since 2010. She holds a B.A. Hons in English Literature and History from Trent University (year abroad at Liverpool Hope University), earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing Sciences from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and completed the Simon Fraser University Publishing Intensive course in Vancouver. She’s lived and worked in Japan, Mexico and the Czech Republic and is a dual citizen of Canada and the UK.

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Promoting Yourself and Your Book

Nov 30, 2018, 1:30 –2:45pm
The Bronson Centre, Room 110
211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

You’ve spent years writing and revising your manuscript, and have a publishing contract in hand. Congratulations! Or, you’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and enter the world of self-publishing. Either way, now the promotional work begins. Thousands of books are published each year in Canada; making sure yours ends up on bookshelves and in the hands of readers, is your responsibility as much as the publisher’s. Join our experts to learn tips and strategies for marketing your book and yourself. You’ve invested a lot of time and creative energy in writing your book, invest as least as much in getting it the attention it deserves.

With Rosemarie Enslin (Enslin PR Group) and others.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Rosemarie Enslin owns her own public relations agency (enslinpr.com). She has decades of experience publicizing and promoting events, people, places, causes, arts organizations, foundations, governments and organizations all over Canada. She’s a committed volunteer and is a champion of young leaders and young entrepreneurs. @RosemariePRyycT

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IN CONVERSATION WITH SHYAM SELVADURAI  

Nov 30, 2018, 2-2:45pm
The Bronson Centre, Mac Hall
211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with one of Canada’s best selling authors who has thousands of teenage fans across the country: Shyam Selvadurai author of Funny Boy. Shyam’s first novel, was published to acclaim in 1994 and won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and, in the US, the Lambda Literary Award. It was also named a Notable Book by the American Library Association, and was translated into 8 languages. Funny Boy is currently being adapted for television by Selvadurai and Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta.

Shyam’s second novel, Cinnamon Gardens, was published in Canada, the UK, the US and translated into 9 languages. It was shortlisted for Canada’s Trillium Award, as well as the Aloa Literary Award in Denmark and the Premio Internazionale Riccardo Bacchelli in Italy.

Shyam is the editor of an anthology, Story-Wallah: A Celebration of South Asian Fiction, published in Canada and the US. His novel for young adults, Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and is the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in the US, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and Silver Winner in the Young Adult Category of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award.

His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Toronto Life, Walrus Magazine, enRoute Magazine, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He served as Festival Curator for the Galle Literary Festival for 2 years. His fourth novel, The Hungry Ghosts, was published in 2013 in Canada, India and Sri Lanka; it was short-listed for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award for Fiction and long-listed for the DSC South Asia Literature Prize. His latest work is a comprehensive anthology of Sri Lankan literature, Many Roads Through Paradise.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH L.L MCKINNEY

Nov 30, 2018, 3-3:45pm
The Bronson Centre, Mac Hall
211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney. Elle is a poet and active member of the kidlit community, an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests.

Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside from rockin’ the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her free time plagued by her cat – Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short – or defending the realm from the enemies of Azeroth. FOR THE HORDE!

A BLADE SO BLACK is her debut novel.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH ZORAIDA CORDOVA

Nov 30, 2018, 4-4:45pm
The Bronson Centre, Mac Hall
211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with one of New York’s bestselling authors: Zoraida Córdova, born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY. She is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is currently working on her next novel.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH TOCHI ONYEBUCHI

Nov 30, 2018, 5-5:45pm
The Bronson Centre, Mac Hall
211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with Tochi Onyebuchi whose fiction has appeared Asimov’s, Obsidian, and Omenana and is forthcoming from Tor.com, Harper Collins, and Razorbill. His non-fiction has appeared in Nowhere Magazine, the Oxford University Press blog, Tor.com, and the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, among other places. His Nommo Award-nominated debut young adult novel, Beasts Made of Night, was published by Razorbill in Oct. 2017. Its sequel, Crown of Thunder, was released in Oct. 2018.

Tochi Onyebuchi holds a B.A. from Yale, an MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch, a Masters degree in Global Economic Law from L’institut d’études politiques, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Symposium Meet and Greet

Nov 30, 2018, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Writing a book can be a long, lonely haul, and getting published is as about who you know as much as how brilliantly you can write. So, step away from the computer and come have a drink and some nibblies with fellow writers as well as industry folks such as publishers, agents, book-sellers and media.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite  preferred but not required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

 

Writing in the Age of Netflix

Dec 1, 2018, 10am-11:30am
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, Auditorium
120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa

There it is, sitting on your bedroom side table, in all its imposing bulk: the latest 1,000 plus page tome, daring you to crack its cover, its sheer size intimidating you into ignoring it until you put it  away. “After all,” you say to yourself, “someday they’re bound to make a movie of that!”

Harry Potter, A Suitable Boy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Funny Boy: How do writers adapt these complex plots and rosters of characters, reducing and distilling to fit the parameters of the screen, be it 2.5 hour movie or a serialized drama for television? How do authors reconcile themselves to their very personal works becoming someone else’s vision and property? How do our choices as consumers and the platforms we choose to view on influence the creation of adaptations to screen? And can the movie ever be as good as the book?

Join us with writers Iain Reid, Shyam Selvadurai, and others to hear the conversation that surrounds these questions, and what motivates writers to tackle these often immense projects.

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film based on the novel, which Reid will co-produce. His second novel, Foe, was an instant bestseller and feature film rights have been acquired by Anonymous Content, with Reid set to executive produce. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.

Shyam Selvadurai is the award-winning author of four novels, one of which, Funny Boy, he is currently adapting for television with Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Toronto Life, Walrus Magazine, enRoute Magazine, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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In Conversation with Iain Reid

Dec 1, 2018, 12pm-1pm
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, Auditorium
120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with Iain Reid, the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film based on the novel, which Reid will co-produce. His second novel, Foe, was an instant bestseller and feature film rights have been acquired by Anonymous Content, with Reid set to executive produce. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Writing the Future: KidLit and Young Adult

Dec 1, 2018, 2pm-3:30pm
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, Auditorium
120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa

As a society, instilling a love of reading and literature in children and young adults is deemed important. But too often, young readers can’t find characters that look like them, or storylines they can relate to.

Publishing a diverse range of appealing KidLit and TeenLit is good for everyone – good for young readers whose minds are rapidly opening up to the world around them, good for writers looking to access the fastest growing market sector in publishing, and good for publishers building successful businesses. So, what are the structural challenges that inhibit progress being made for black, Indigenous and writers of colour? How is it different or similar on both sides of our border? A mix of authors from the United States and Canada compare and contrast the differences and similarities in trends, industry and experiences and open up a spotlight on the future.

Speakers include writers L.L. McKinney, Tochi Onyebuchi, Nadia Hohn and Zoraida Córdova; literary agent Carolyn Forde (Westwood Creative Artists) and more.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. A BLADE SO BLACK is her debut novel.

Tochi Onyebuchi’s fiction has appeared Asimov’s, Obsidian, and Omenana and is forthcoming from Tor.com, Harper Collins, and Razorbill. His non-fiction has appeared in Nowhere Magazine, the Oxford University Press blog, Tor.com, and the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, among other places. His Nommo Award-nominated debut young adult novel, Beasts Made of Night, was published by Razorbill in Oct. 2017. Its sequel, Crown of Thunder, was released in Oct. 2018.

Nadia L Hohn From the age of six years old, Nadia began writing stories, drawing, and making books. Her first two books, Music and Media in the Sankofa Series were published by Rubicon Publishing in 2015.  Her award-winning first picture book, Malaika’s Costume was published in 2016 and its sequel Malaika’s Winter Carnival 2017 by Groundwood Books. Nadia was one of six Black Canadian Writers to Watch in 2018 and the first SCBWI Canada East Rising Kite Diversity Scholarship recipient in 2018. Nadia is an elementary school teacher in Toronto and has taught early years music in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A nonfiction picture book about the Jamaican poet, performer, playwright, author, and Jamaican cultural ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley otherwise known as Miss Lou, will be published in 2019 (Owlkids). Nadia is currently working on a young adult novel, a play, and her third Malaika… book. 

Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY. She is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is currently working on her next novel.

Carolyn Forde has been at Westwood Creative Artists since 2005, and been a shareholder in the agency since 2010. She holds a B.A. Hons in English Literature and History from Trent University (year abroad at Liverpool Hope University), earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing Sciences from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and completed the Simon Fraser University Publishing Intensive course in Vancouver. She’s lived and worked in Japan, Mexico and the Czech Republic and is a dual citizen of Canada and the UK.


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