Writers helping writers since 1921 is more than our motto.

Canadian Authors – Toronto is a branch of the national Canadian Authors Association (CAA).

Our Mission

CAA is an organization dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada and encouraging works of literary and artistic merit. We do this by:

•  providing opportunities for professional development
•  promoting the fair and equitable treatment of writers
•  increasing public awareness of Canada’s writing and publishing environment

The Canadian Authors – Toronto is one part of the CAA, to learn more about the national organization, visit their main website here.

Toronto Branch Social Media Accounts

For the latest updates about Canadian Authors – Toronto news and general writing discussions, please visit our social media accounts.

       Toronto Branch Executives

The Canadian Authors Association’s Toronto Branch is managed by a voluntary executive committee which collaborates with a voluntary advisory board.

Executive Committee

Co-President Lee Parpart has been writing since she was a kid, and began publishing poetry in 2015 with a little Los Angeles indie outfit called Silver Birch Press. Lee has published short fiction in The Nancy Drew Anthology and in Open Book: Ontario’s 2016 What’s Your Story Contest anthology, after her short story won an emerging writer prize. Her columns on visual art and cinema have appeared in The Globe and Mail’s Broadcast Week magazine and in The Kingston Whig-Standard, C Magazine, POV magazine, and elsewhere. A former film studies lecturer at York University and the University of Toronto, Lee’s scholarly essays on Canadian, U.S. and Irish cinema and television have appeared in nine books and journals. She works full-time as an editor and marketing specialist for Iguana Books in Toronto, and serves as programs chair of Editors Toronto.

Co-President & Treasurer JF Garrard is the founder of Dark Helix Press, Senior Editor for Ricepaper Magazine and an Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories magazine. She is an editor and writer of speculative fiction (Trump Utopia or Dystopia Anthology, The Undead Sorceress) and non-fiction. Her contributions to business, diversity and health subjects have been published in Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Moneyish, Monster.com, Women’s Health and Cosmopolitan, among others. Her latest stories include The Curse in the Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gales and Gizmos anthology, The Metamorphosis of Nova in the Blood Is Thicker anthology by Iguana Books and The Perfect Husband in the We Shall Be Monsters Frankenstein anthology by Renaissance Press.

Vice-President Jennifer D. Foster is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor, and her company is Planet Word. Her clients are from the marketing and communications, magazine, and book and custom publishing fields and include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Children’s Book News, Firefly Books, House of Anansi Press, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Quill & QuireThe Globe and Mail, and Writer’s Digest Books. Jennifer is a long-time mentor to novice editors via Editors Canada and to novice writers via the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She’s administrative director of Rowers Reading Series and former co-chair of Editors Toronto. Jennifer’s working on her first book, a YA novel.

Membership Coordinator Brandi A. Tanner is a freelance writer and photographer based in Toronto, ON. Originally from Riverport, Nova Scotia, she’s also the Sales Coordinator for Comairco Equipment, a position she’s held for the last nine years. She looks forward to applying her multitasking and administrative skills from that job to the role of Membership Coordinator with the newly revamped Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Brandi is working on her first novel, in science fiction, along with a multitude of short stories and poems.

Secretary Stephanie Wyeld made her writing debut in eighth grade when the teacher read her story about the Titanic aloud to the class with the lights off for effect. Since then, she has written countless ergonomic and clinical reports as well as a hundred things that have never been published anywhere. Nothing was as exciting, however, as when she finished writing her first novel. She looks forward to taking accurate meeting notes and working with the amazing CAA-Toronto Executive while she pens her next book.

Member-at-Large Ed Seaward completed his first novel in 2011. Since then, he has written short stories and screenplays, including Mother Daughter Happiness, which was a finalist at the 2019 Pasadena International Film Festival. His second novel, Fair, follows a young homeless man who sheds his innocence in the violent world of Los Angeles. Fair will be published by the Porcupine’s Quill in 2020. Ed is now polishing his third novel, Of Murder and Merry-Go-Rounds, a slice-of-life literary fiction exploring sex and violence through the eyes of a Toronto homicide detective. After thirty years in the corporate world with a natural gas company, Ed now spends his time cashing pension cheques and writing. He lives in Georgetown, Ontario. 

Communications Coordinator Anne Walk comes from a visual arts background. She’s always written secretly, in journals, short stories, artist’s books, and performance pieces that incorporate story telling and the written word. She’s interested in literary fiction and hybrid genre fiction. She’s terrible at small talk.

Advisory Board

Photograph by
Richard Picton

Gavin Barrett is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Toronto advertising agency Barrett and Welsh. He has also been employed as a door-to-door market researcher, poet, pharmaceutical sales manager (not a euphemism) and musical production manager.

Gavin’s poetry has been published in Reasons For Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, Penguin India (ed. Ranjit Hoskote), The Toronto South Asian Review, the Pen India journal, Folio – the literary monthly of The Hindu, The Independent, and Poeisis – the journal of the Bombay Poetry Circle.

He co-curates The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, which promotes minority voices in Canadian literature, especially visible minority and indigenous writers.
His work has appeared in 35 countries, provoked the the ire of the lawyers for Dolly the cloned sheep, drawn angry crowds in Lagos and attracted criticism from a fictional character in a John Irving novel.

He has been trained by several notable feminists including his mother, his wife and his two daughters. If asked they will confirm that his education, at this time, is incomplete.


Hana Kim is the director of the East Asian Library at the University of Toronto. She is the author of multiple book chapters and journal articles in library and information science. Her research interests include Asian Canadian heritage and various areas in East Asian libraries. In her time away from work, she enjoys translating poetry. She won the Sunshik Min Prize of the Min Chapbook Competition. She is also a recipient of the Korea Times’ Modern Korean Literature Translation Awards (Poetry). Apart from translating Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers (Seoul Selection), she has also contributed translations and original poems to various publications including Variety Crossing and Han Kŭt: Critical Art and Writing by Korean Canadian Women (Inanna Publications).