A group of editors, writers and publishers will help you with tips and advice on breaking into genre markets, whether it is poetry, short stories, or novels. Not just for the beginner, the panel will also discuss what makes a poem, short story, and novel great, and help those who are already published to improve their craft. There will also be very short readings by the panelists.
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Charlene Challenger is a writer and graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. She has written two novels: the young adult fantasies The Voices in Between (Tightrope Books) and its sequel, The Myth in Distance (Tightrope Books). She lives in Pickering, Ontario with her family and two adorable house-wolves, Omi and Muffin.
David Clink’s latest poetry collection is The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications, 2016). His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song, in 2013. “My Response to Your Mayday Call,” a collaborative poem with Herb Kauderer, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Troy Harkin is a playwright and poet, and his poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals. He currently lives north of Toronto. His novels The Dark Stars of Morning and Red Rover are forthcoming from ChiZine Publications, who will also be publishing Casting Shadows, his first poetry collection.
Sandra Kasturi is the publisher of ChiZine Publications, winner of the World and British Fantasy Awards. She is an award-winning poet and writer, with many credits, including 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin. She recently won the Sunburst Award for her story, "The Beautiful Gears of Dying.”
A Toronto Writer and Artist, Shirley Meier’s latest book is Shadow of a Soul On Fire. She’s a columnist for Amazing Stories Magazine and since 2009 has produced over a million words in the blogosphere. She rides horses and has just taken up horse archery as her latest martial art.
Ira Nayman is a humour writer who has worked in science fiction for over a decade. His sixth novel, Good Intentions, was published on April 1st by Elsewhen Press. His current hobby is editing Amazing Stories magazine. Yes, that Amazing Stories magazine.