Webinars

The Writers' Union of Canada presents webinars on a range of craft and business topics for writers. Check out what's coming up next, and scroll down to see past webinars. 

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Member Exclusive

Sell It: A Writer’s Guide to Effective Online Advertising
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
12:00 pm PDT / 1:00 pm MDT, CST / 2:00 pm CDT / 3:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm ADT / 4:30 pm NDT
60 minutes

Closed captioning available

Registration: Free, open to TWUC members only

> This webinar is exclusively for TWUC members. Click here to access registration (member login required).

Your book deserves to sell. But how to get the word out? Online advertising is brash, exciting, expensive, and confusing. This session will outline the various online advertising platforms and point writers in the right advertising direction, including simple-to-follow outlines. The presentation will be especially effective for those who are self-publishing new work or bringing their cherished books back into print (and will include a "how to self-publish your book in twenty minutes” cheat sheet). Arthur Slade has sold over 100,000 books using advertising. Join him as he shares his outrageous failures and his sky-high successes. Hosted by author Kern Carter, this webinar runs 60 minutes and includes 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 Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of twenty-nine novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada. Visit him online at www.arthurslade.com

Photo of Kern Carter

Kern Carter is a writer and author who has written and published two novels — Thoughts of a Fractured Soul and Beauty Scars. Kern is also a ghostwriter with credits in Forbes, the New York Times, Global Citizen, and Fatherly.com, and has also ghostwritten several books. When he's not penning novels or ghostwriting, Kern creates and curates stories through CRY Creative Group, his content creation brand that specializes in written storytelling. His latest novel, Boys and Girls Screaming (DCB/Cormorant Books), will be out next spring.

> Past Webinars

  • Getting Published in Lit Mags with Jessica Johns and Greg Santos, hosted by Sally Ito (June 8, 2021 – public webinar)
    Exclusive for Members: Watch a recording of this webinar on demand until July 8, 2021. Click here to access link to recording (member login required).

     
  • What Do You Need a Poem For? Community Engagement Through Poetry with Ronna Bloom, hosted by Fiona Tinwei Lam (May 18, 2021 - member exclusive)
    Exclusive for Members: Watch a recording of this webinar on demand until June 18, 2021. Click here to access link to recording (member login required).
     
  • Who's Who at a Publishing House with andrea bennett, Scott Fraser, and Karen McMullin, hosted by Neil Aitken (May 11, 2021 – public webinar). 
    Exclusive for Members: Watch a recording of this webinar on demand until June 11, 2021. Click here to access link to recording (member login required).
     
  • Ethical Approaches to Memoir with Jenny Heijun Wills, hosted by Kamal Al-Solaylee (April 27, 2021 - member exclusive)
     
  • Spoken Word on the Page with Dwayne Morgan, hosted by Cobra Collins (April 13, 2021 - public webinar)
     
  • The Trade Book Contract: A Guided Tour with Warren Sheffer, hosted by Nadia L. Hohn (March 23, 2021 – member exclusive)
     
  • "When Am I Done?" with Lauren Carter, hosted by Sharon Bala (March 9, 2021 – public webinar)
     
  • Strategies for Writing Discipline with Natasha Deen, hosted by Anita Daher (February 23, 2021 – member exclusive)
     
  • Picturing the Words with Ruth Ohi, hosted by Anne Shone (February 9, 2021 – public webinar)
     
  • Success in Indie Publishing: A Case Study with Ann Shortell, hosted by Yolanda T. Marshall (January 26, 2021 – member exclusive)
     
  • Get That Grant! with Joanne Gerber and Andrew Steinmetz, hosted by Paul Seesequasis (January 12, 2021 – public webinar)
     
  • The Mentorship Agreement with Danny Ramadan, hosted by Joy Henderson (November 24, 2020 – member exclusive)
     
  • Ins and Outs of Literary Agents with Léonicka Valcius, hosted by Zalika Reid-Benta (November 12, 2020 – public webinar)
     
  • Digital Promotions 2.0: Video Engagement with Trevor Carolan and Rod McLean, hosted by Keeley Walter (October 27, 2020 – member exclusive)
     
  • The World of Book Marketing & Promotions with Lindsay Wong, hosted by John Degen (October 13, 2020 – public webinar)
     
  • What is the Pandemic Doing to the Book Trade? with Kate Edwards, hosted by John Degen (September 22, 2020 – member exclusive)
     
  • What You Need to Know About Your First Book Publication with Waubgeshig Rice, hosted by Nisha Patel (September 15, 2020 – public webinar)
     
  • Thinking About Your Archives? with LAC Literary Archivist Sarah Hillier, hosted by Kevin Chong (August 11, 2020 – member exclusive)
     
  • 7 Quick Emotions-Based Strategies to Help Your Writing with Farzana Doctor, hosted by Tanya Boteju (July 25, 2020 – public webinar)
    > Bonus Material: Check out the article "Feeling Too Blah to Write?" by Farzana Doctor, written to accompany this webinar
     
  • Taxes for Writers with Artbooks' Tova Epp, hosted by Julia Lin (July 8, 2020 – member exclusive)
     
  • Self-Care for Writers with Chelene Knight, hosted by Jen Sookfong Lee (June 27, 2020 – public webinar)
     
  • Go Digital or Go Home: Author Promotion in the Social Media Era with Marty Chan, hosted by Anita Daher (June 9, 2020 – member exclusive)
     
  • Getting Paid Through PLR with John Degen and PLR Program Manager Peter Schneider (May 26, 2020 – public webinar)
     
  • How to Be Your Own Editor with Farzana Doctor, hosted by John Degen (May 9, 2020 – public webinar)