Canadian Writers’ Summit 2016

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I spent much of the last few months helping to plan the inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. We were gifted with a stunning sunshine-saturated weekend and throngs of enthusiastic participants.

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L-R Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Carrie Snyder, Maria Meindl and Heidi Reimer (and that’s me at the mic). Photo Credit Katrina Afonso.

 

I served as moderator on a panel discussion called Achieving Your Creative Dream: The Shadow Side, organized by my friend Heidi Reimer. You can read about the session here, on Heidi’s website.

L-R: Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Carrie Snyder, Maria Meindl, Heidi Reimer, Sarah Henstra. Photo credit: Melanie Martilla
L-R: Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Carrie Snyder, Maria Meindl, Heidi Reimer, Sarah Henstra. Photo credit: Melanie Martilla

I also facilitated a fun event called First Page Challenge: YA/Children’s Edition, in which Summit attendees submitted the first page of their manuscripts to be live-critiqued by a panel of publishing experts: literary agents Barbara Berson and Monica Pacheco and editor Suzanne Sutherland. Thanks to all the brave souls who participated! I learned a lot about the importance of first impressions when it comes to hooking potential readers (and publishers!) into your story.

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L-R Lana Pesch, me, Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Heidi Reimer, Carrie Snyder Maria Meindl Photo: Katrina Afonso

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