Barrie Workshop: How to Get Published: 18 May

Barrie’s Culture Department is hosting a free workshop on how to get published on 18 May 2016. Topics range from placing pieces in magazines and journals, all the way to landing an agent and book contract, with some self-publishing, zine and micro press publishing thrown in. Though free, registration is required. 

Join Alana Wilcox of Coach House Books, Bruce Meyer and me on 18 May!

How to Get Published

When writers start their careers, most do so by publishing in literary magazines and work their way up to small presses. Literary magazines, despite financial pressures of the time, are still proliferating in Canada and they are constantly seeking new work from new writers. The initial segment of this informative workshop will feature Dr. Bruce Meyer, Barrie’s former Poet Laureate and author of 47 books, as he explains how authors can start up and after a few magazine publications produce their own chapbook to sell at open mic readings – in the manner that Margaret Atwood began her career.

If you’ve already spent months, or years, sweating and swearing over a book and now you’re ready to draw the interest of agents and/or publishing houses, then you will enjoy listening to Alana Wilcox, Editorial Director of Coach House Books, as she simplifies the process for you. Alana will speak to what the publishing landscape currently looks like and what publishers are looking for. Alana will address considerations such as, how do you approach a publisher and more importantly how do you win them over. Damian Lopes, Barrie’s current Poet Laureate will be adding his expertise to the evening, so don’t miss the opportunity to connect with three dynamic professionals.

You won’t be told it’s impossible to get published, or that it’s easy. You will, however, gain a realistic understanding of how the process works and how you can maximize your chances for success.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday May 18, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm in the Sir Robert Barrie Room, located on the second floor of City Hall. There is no charge to register for this workshop however you must contact us at [email protected] or call 705-739-4299 in order to reserve your spot.

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