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Go Digital or Go Home: Author Promotion in the Social Media Era
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
12 pm PDT / 1 pm MDT, CST / 2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT / 4 pm ADT / 4:30 pm NDT
60 minutes
Free, exclusively available to TWUC members. Registration required.
Closed captioning available.

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How do you win new readers and keep them engaged? In conversation with TWUC’s Chair Anita Daher, join Marty Chan as he shares his approach to connecting with potential new readers in the digital world. Learn the dos and don’ts of promoting yourself online. Webinar runs 60 minutes, including a Q&A period.

TWUC members who are unable to attend will have access to a recording of the webinar for a limited time.

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Marty Chan writes books for kids, plays for adults and tweets for fun. He’s best known in theatre for his hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl. He was a regular contributor to CBC Radio with his Dim Sum Diaries humour commentaries and radio plays. In children’s publishing he wrote the popular Marty Chan Mystery series and the Ehrich Weisz Chronicles. Marty works and lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife Michelle and their cat Buddy. Marty's newest YA novel, Haunted Hospital, will be available online this July. You can learn more about Marty on his website (www.martychan.com), follow his snarky tweets @Marty_Chan, or subscribe to his YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/martychanauthor).

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Anita Daher is an author, community television producer, and actor based in Winnipeg, MB. She has been entrenched in the book publishing industry since 1995 and has fifteen books published in print, audio and e-book format in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Anita is the current Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC). When not word wrangling she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen.

Public Webinar

Self-Care for Writers with Chelene Knight
Saturday, June 27, 2020
12 pm PDT / 1 pm MDT, CST / 2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT / 4 pm ADT / 4:30 pm NDT
60 minutes
Free, registration required.
Closed captioning available.

Registration will open by June 9, 2020.

Learn how to adapt your writing practice during trying times. In conversation with Jen Sookfong Lee, Chelene Knight will share tools and strategies for infusing self-care and mindfulness into your daily artistic practice. The discussion will also explore how to build community within a community. Webinar runs 60 minutes, including a Q&A period.

TWUC members who are unable to attend will have access to a recording of the webinar for a limited time.

Photo of Chelene KnightPhoto: Katherine Holland

Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus Globe and Mail, the Walrus, and Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter. The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” Knight was the previous managing editor at Room (2016- June 2019), and programming director for the Growing Room Festival (2018, 2019), and now CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials and Breathing Space Creative. She often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. Knight is currently working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, forthcoming in 2020. She was selected as a 2019 Writers' Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of EastGentlemen of the Shade, and Chinese New Year. Jen teaches at The Writers’ Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for Wolsak & Wynn, and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit

> Past Webinars

How to Be Your Own Editor with Farzana Doctor

Saturday, May 9, 2020
90 minutes

Closed captioning available

Learn tips and tricks to edit and revise your manuscript, view your work with fresh perspective, and work with feedback from others. Webinar runs 90 minutes, including a Q&A period.

Exclusive for TWUC Members: Access a recording of the full webinar for a limited time. If you are a member, click here to access the recording until June 10, 2020 (member login required).

Photo of Farzana Doctor Farzana Doctor is the Toronto-based author of four novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 Toronto Book Award and was the One Book One Brampton 2017 winner), All Inclusive (a Kobo and National Post Best Book of the Year), and Seven, which will be released later this year. She is also an activist, part-time psychotherapist, and amateur tarot card reader.


Getting Paid Through PLR

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
30 minutes
Closed captioning available

The Public Lending Right (PLR) Program, which compensates creators for the use of their work in libraries, paid out more than $14.7 million to Canadian authors this year. Join TWUC’s Executive Director John Degen to learn more about eligibility for this program and how you can sign up for payments. John will be joined by PLR Program Manager Peter Schneider for a Q&A about how the PLR Program is managing during COVID-19. Webinar runs 30 minutes. 

Exclusive for TWUC Members: Access a recording of the full webinar for a limited time. If you are a member, click here to access the recording until June 26, 2020 (member login required).

All writers are encouraged to visit publiclendingright.ca for more detailed information on the program. Deadline to register your print books, ebooks, and audiobooks with PLR is June 30, 2020.