The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets are pleased to host their mentorship conference this fall. BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community is an opportunity for Black, Indigenous, and racialized writers to connect with industry professionals and established authors. Writers who have had a minimum of one published piece of writing (e.g. an article or short story in an online newspaper, school paper, or magazine), and who currently have a work-in-progress (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) are invited to submit an application for manuscript evaluation before Friday, July 8 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.
Join me and my fellow panelists on Sunday May 1, 2022 at 11:30 AM (ET) for a discussion on writing contemporary stories! Head to https://www.mtlyafest.com/lineup-2022 to register and for full information on the other amazing sessions!
Thank you to everyone who joined me for the “Fuuny You Should Say That!” Presentation. Here is the PDF.
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Whenever I attend conferences/workshops, I often hear panelists talk about paving a path to writing success. Those tips center on the tried, true, and tested: Write consistently, attend classes/workshops on the craft, follow agents/agencies/publishers for submission call outs, create an online presence…sometimes, though not as often, they’ll mention joining writing groups as a way to learn about opportunities in the industry and build your skills as a writer/proofreader.
All of this is valid and solid advice, but the part that panelists sometimes miss out on—with the writing groups—is that they are a source of inspiration and comfort. Your writing siblings can be your biggest cheerleaders, gut checkers, lifter-uppers…this industry has a 1% chance of success (whereby a writer breaks in and gets a contract and/or agent).
For many of us, it’s a long, rough, uphill road, Hydrate, bring snacks, and bring along the people who will offer the shade when the sun is hot, water with the well is dry, and laughter when the days are tough.
Delighted to announce that my Running Press YA novel, THE SIGNS AND WONDERS OF TUNA RASHAD, is a Junior Library Guild Best Book Selection! Tuna’s story publishes June 7, 2022. Pre-order your copy through Amazon, Indigo, B &N, or your local bookstore.
Delighted to see @RP_Kids THE SIGNS AND WONDERS OF TUNA RASHAD on CBC Books “14 Canadian YA Books to Watch For in Spring 2022.” bit.ly/36rwjE2