Webinars

Our national office coordinates webinars that are available free to members and at cost for non-members. To access them, visit the website of the national Canadian Authors Association.

Topics

How to Land That Literary Agent!

Are you an author with a manuscript you’re using as a doorstop? Or perhaps you have your own company and a wonderful story or idea but no idea what to do with it. Or you’re an artist and illustrator with a picture book thinking… what now?! That’s where Megan Beadle comes in: This workshop will teach you the techniques of writing the perfect query letter.

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The do’s and don’ts of writing a query letter
  • What makes a submission stand out among thousands of others in the slush pile
  • What an editor or agent looks for in a literary novel, a genre book, a non-fiction pitch, or a picture book pitch and does it differ? Psst… YES!
  • What the number one complaint about submissions is according to a survey of thousands of agents and editors in North America
  • What the benefits of getting an agent and publishing traditionally are
  • The number one most important secret when reaching out to agents
  • And last, but not least, how to get that agent and book deal!


Take the Fear Out of Formatting: How to successfully prepare your e-book for publishing

Are you eager to publish an e-book but baffled on where to begin? Successfully publishing an e-book starts with formatting, which is nothing to be afraid of.In this webinar, author and e-book consultant Matthew Bin will provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a manuscript for e-book publication. You will learn how to create a professional-looking and correctly formatted e-book that is compatible with all major e-publishing platforms, using only Microsoft Word and free tools available to everyone.Not a computer whiz? No worries. To get the most out of this practical webinar, participants should simply be comfortable using an Internet browser (such as Microsoft Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari) and be familiar with the basics of Microsoft Word.


Go Global: Taking your self-publishing to the next level with Kobo Writing Life

In this webinar, Kobo Writing Life’s Christine Munroe will share everything you need to know about self-publishing with KWL. Are you just getting started? Already self-publishing but looking for strategies to reach more readers? This will be the perfect learning opportunity for you! Christine will share insights about the benefits of publishing to multiple retailers, how to ensure you’re putting your most professional foot forward with each book, and how KWL can help you reach readers in 190 countries.


Write Better Dialogue

Presenter: Matthew Bin, Past Chair, Canadian Authors and author
Dialogue is a critical component of fiction and nonfiction writing. What people say—and how they say it—can engage your readers or turn them off completely. Join Matthew Bin for a tour of the techniques and mechanics of good dialogue. In this webinar, you’ll learn the mechanics of punctuation and paragraphs, understand the nuances of subtext and voice, and discover the always effective “Law and Order” dialogue technique. Let Matthew, author of three published books and numerous short stories and articles, show you how to make your dialogue natural and compelling.


Social Media for Authors

In this session, Frances Caballo will review the elements of an ideal social media profile. She’ll look at successful examples, review what authors should never do, share examples of poor and correct messaging, and discuss best practices. Whether you’re new to social media or have been using it a while, Frances promises that you’ll learn how to improve your online branding after attending this webinar.

CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
THE CLOTHESLINE SWING, Nightwood Editions
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.