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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> Upcoming Webinars

Member Exclusive

Finding the Fun: Approaching Writing with Playful Experimentation and Compassion
Tuesday, September 28, 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

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

What you do when your writing feels stalled or blah can make the difference between an incomplete draft and a published, or even bestselling, one. There’s a secret to success that’s NOT about grinding it out in a harsh and arduous way to meet your writing goals. What if you could make it fun and write (and rewrite) with a sense of ease instead? If you’ve been what The New York Times describes as “languishing” creatively during the pandemic, facing a second-book curse, or feeling stuck in the messy middle of a manuscript, this workshop is for you. Join author and creative writing instructor Suzanne Alyssa Andrew for an exploration of imaginative and compassionate approaches to reinvigorating your writing practice. Hosted by award-winning author Doretta Lau, this webinar runs 60 minutes including a Q&A session. Please bring a notebook, pen, and curiosity.

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

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is the author of the novel Circle of Stones (Dundurn Press) and two books-in-progress. She’s also a contributing editor for beloved Canadian literary magazine Taddle Creek. A former arts journalist and story director for award-winning digital TV and film co-productions and narrative games, she now teaches the art and craft of telling a good story. She’s taught creative writing courses at UofT and workshops at UBC, Guelph, and Ryerson. She also teaches and coaches writers independently. Find out more at suzanneandrew.com.

Photo of Doretta Lau
Photo: Ming Kai Leung

Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? and the poetry chapbook Cause and Effect. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is writing a comedic novel about an inept company struggling to open a theme park about death. Visit her website at www.dorettalau.com or follow @dorettalau on Twitter and Instagram.

Public Webinar

How to Win NaNoWriMo
Tuesday, October 12, 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

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming! Are you ready? Join Karma Brown as she provides tips and tricks for kickstarting your writing, staying on track, and finishing your novel. Hosted by author Thea Lim, this webinar runs 60 minutes including a Q&A session.

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

Karma Brown is the author of five novels: the #1 international bestseller Recipe for a Perfect WifeCome Away with Me (a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2015), Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestsellers The Choices We MakeIn This Moment, and The Life Lucy Knew. She is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller The 4% Fix: How One Hour Can Change Your Life. An award-winning journalist, Karma has been published in SELFRedbook, and Today's Parent, among others. She lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and a Labradoodle named Fred.

Thea Lim is the author of An Ocean of Minutes, which has been translated into three languages, optioned for television, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and ALA Reading List for Science Fiction, and longlisted for Canada Reads. Her writing has been published in Granta, The Nation, The Paris ReviewBest Canadian StoriesThe Globe and MailGuernica, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston. She’s always honoured to be entrusted with the words of other writers, whether as an editor at Gulf Coast, as a book critic, as creative writing faculty at many schools including Sheridan College, the University of Toronto, and the Flying Books School of Reading and Writing, as a mentor at Diaspora Dialogues, the Writers Union of Canada, and the University of Guelph, or as an arts council jury member. She grew up in Singapore and now lives with her family in Toronto.

> Past Webinars

  • All About Graphic Novels with Stephanie Cooke, hosted by J. Torres (September 14, 2021 - public webinar)
    Exclusive for Members: Watch a recording of this webinar on demand until October 14, 2021. Click here to access link to recording (member login required).

     
  • Secrets to Successful School Visits with Vikki VanSickle, hosted by Tanya Boteju (August 17, 2021 - member exclusive)
     
  • Children's Book Classifications Explained with Emma Sakamoto, hosted by Tim Wynne-Jones (July 13, 2021 – public webinar)
     
  • Sell It: A Writer’s Guide to Effective Online Advertising with Arthur Slade, hosted by Kern Carter (June 22, 2021 – member exclusive)
     
  • Getting Published in Lit Mags with Jessica Johns and Greg Santos, hosted by Sally Ito (June 8, 2021 – public webinar)
     
  • What Do You Need a Poem For? Community Engagement Through Poetry with Ronna Bloom, hosted by Fiona Tinwei Lam (May 18, 2021 - member exclusive)
     
  • Who's Who at a Publishing House with andrea bennett, Scott Fraser, and Karen McMullin, hosted by Neil Aitken (May 11, 2021 – public webinar)
     
  • 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)