Welcome to CAA Waterloo-Wellington!

Upcoming event: The World of e-Publishing

March 29, 2014

At the KPL Grand River Branch, 175 Indian Road (map)

This event is a full day of hands-on workshops for authors. Come and learn about the emerging world of e-publishing, and acquire the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started in e-publishing yourself.


Register by filling out our online registration form.


Includes lunch, coffee, e-publishing panel, and two workshop sessions):

$20 for Canadian Authors Association members
$25 for students
$30 for not-yet-Canadian Authors Association members (membership info here!)

To pay by Paypal or E-Transfer, send registration fee to mattbin@gmail.com.

To pay by cheque (must be received by March 22nd to ensure registration), mail to:

Canadian Authors Association
23-500 Fairway Road South, Suite 179
Kitchener, ON N2C 1X3


9:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-11:30 – e-Publishing Panel

11:30-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Workshop Session 1

2:30-4:00 – Workshop Session 2


e-Publishing Panel – A free-ranging panel, featuring views from the publisher’s, editor’s, and author’s point of view about the new world of e-publishing. What problems does this new model create? What new opportunities are arising? Come armed with your questions for the panel to respond to.

Great Beginnings – Freelancer and author, Heather Wright, offers suggestions to help you get your story off to a compelling start. And if you don’t have a story yet, participants in this workshop will find lots to write about using a wide variety of writing prompts in this hands-on workshop.

The Freelance Half-Life – Heather Wright has been juggling freelancing and a part-time teaching job for nearly 10 years. If you’ve considered freelancing, Heather will happily share what she has learned about writing for editors, clients, and agencies and running a blog and website for her publishing life. If you’ve considered a LinkedIn account or are wondering about other social media methods for connecting to potential clients or a potential audience for your books, Heather has been there. You ask the questions, and she will help you find the answers.

The Art of Rewriting – Rewriting — whether of your own writing or someone else’s — can seem daunting, but it really isn’t. In this workshop, Greg Ioannou shows you some things to watch for, teaches some techniques, then has you rewrite a short document.

Publish Your e-Book Today – Maybe you’ve got a book you’re ready to self-publish, or maybe you published a book in print and want to make it available online. Matthew Bin will provide a step-by-step demonstration of how to publish your e-book to the most popular platforms, including tips on formatting and making your book more visible to buyers.


Heather Wright is busy freelancer currently teaching business communication part time at Conestoga College. She has written for local and national publications as well as doing work for agencies and educational publishers. She has had many stories published in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids and is the self-published author of Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens, 201 Writing Prompts and The Dragon’s Pearl. Heather’s book for young readers, Sherlock Holmes and the Orphanage Mystery, was published by Caramel Tree Publishers in 2012. Her websites are http://wrightingwords.wordpress.com and http://wrightwriter.com.

Greg Ioannou is the president at Colborne Communications and he’s been writing and editing since 1977. He’s edited more than 2000 books, and written everything from board games to annual reports. When he’s not busy running the show, he likes to walk around the office in bare feet, sipping coffee and admiring his collection of stuffed mooses. Outside of the office, he captains a team in a weekly trivia league and has been known to frequent local pubs and stamp auctions. He was the very first member of the Editors’ Association of Canada and has been on EAC’s executive for longer than some of the other Colborners have been alive. He’s loquacious [“full of loquats”], pugnacious [“resembling a pug”], and ornery [“Greg-like”].

Matthew Bin is the national president of the Canadian Authors Association and former president of the Waterloo-Wellington branch. He is the author of two books: a novel, L.M.F., and an oral history of Canadian peacekeeping, On Guard For Thee (both available as e-books). He works as an IT consultant, and can be found at MatthewBin.com.

Questions? E-mail Vanessa at: vanessariccithode@yahoo.ca

Ready to register? Fill out our online registration form.