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

Public Webinar

Managing Your Career Without an Agent
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
12:00 pm PST / 1:00 pm MST / 2:00 pm CST / 3:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm AST / 4:30 pm NST
60 minutes
Closed captioning available

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Believe it or not, it *is* possible to have a successful writing career without a literary agent. But what does that look like and how does it work? Join Nadia L. Hohn as she shares the secrets to managing a successful writing career without an agent, the pros and cons of not having an agent, and tips for negotiating more money. Hosted by Rebecca Diem, 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.

Nadia L. Hohn is an award-winning author, educator, and artivist who advocates for diversity in children and young adult literature. Nadia is the author of the Malaika Series: Malaika’s Surprise (2021), Malaika's Winter Carnival (2017), and the award-winning Malaika's Costume (2016) by Groundwood Books which was selected as the 2021 TD Book Giveaway title. This means that over 550, 000 children across Canada will receive a copy of Malaika's Costume. Nadia is also the author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (HarperKids, 2018), A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice (Owlkids, 2019), and Music and Media in the Sankofa Series (Rubicon Publishing, 2015). Her upcoming work includes a picture book and anthology in 2023 as well as a picture book in 2024. She is working on middle grade and young adult novels and plays.

Nadia holds a degree in honours psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Nadia is completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.  She was an inaugural teacher at Canada's first publicly-funded Africentric school and has been an elementary school teacher for 18 years. She is a professor of writing for children at local post-secondary institutions and a frequent presenter at conferences.

Rebecca Diem writes hopeful speculative fiction and poetry. Her work includes contributions to Tor.com and Write Magazine, as well as the indie steampunk series, Tales of the Captain Duke. Born a small-town girl in Chatsworth, ON, Rebecca now lives in Toronto and works at The Word On The Street literary festival. She is the grateful recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant for her current book-in-progress, Greenlight.


Member Exclusive

Building a Strong Author Brand
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
12:00 pm PST / 1:00 pm MST / 2:00 pm CST / 3:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm AST / 4:30 pm NST
60 minutes
Closed captioning available

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

How do you sustain a writing career in a marketplace that feels oversaturated with content and ruled by tweets and ten-second soundbites? How do you carve out your own piece of creative real estate and ultimately stand out?

Being a writer isn’t simply about selling the latest story you’ve written—it’s about selling the story of you. Finding the right author brand can lead to improved book sales, invitations to speak at conferences, and better online engagement.

Join Lee Edward Födi, self-proclaimed daydreaming expert, as he presents strategies and tips for establishing, maintaining, and projecting an effective author brand, including ways to leverage social media, blogs, personal websites, and other marketing materials. Please bring your notebook, your questions, and your open imagination!

Hosted by Rukhsana Khan, 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.

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Lee Edward Födi is an author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator. His books include Spell Sweeper (HarperCollins), The Secret of Zoone (HarperCollins) and the Kendra Kandlestar series (Simply Read). He is a co-founder of CWC, a not-for-profit program that helps kids write, produce, and publish their own books, and has delivered many workshops in Canada, Korea, and Thailand. He has a degree in English Literature from UBC, and is a member of several organizations dedicated to children’s lit, including being on the executive board for CWILL BC. He lives in Vancouver, where he likes to explore local parks with his wife and son in search of dragon eggs, talking trees, and hidden treasures. www.leefodi.com.

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Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller who was born in Pakistan and immigrated to Canada at the age of three.

As a child, she was ruthlessly bullied and turned to books to cope.

She has thirteen books published (one of which was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 greatest children's books in the last 100 years).

Some of her books have been published internationally.

She’s appeared on television and radio numerous times and has been featured at conferences and festivals around the world.

She lives in Toronto with her husband and family.

> Past Webinars

  • How to Win NaNoWriMo with Karma Brown, hosted by Thea Lim (October 12, 2021 - public webinar)
    Exclusive for Members: Watch a recording of this webinar on demand until November 12, 2021. Click here to access link to recording (member login required).
  • Finding the Fun: Approaching Writing with Playful Experimentation and Compassion with Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, hosted by Doretta Lau (September 28, 2021 - member exclusive)
    Exclusive for Members: Watch a recording of this webinar on demand until October 28, 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)