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.

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 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 Quill & Quire, Art Gallery of Ontario, House of Anansi Press, Canadian Children’s Book News, Writer’s Digest Books, Sunnybrook Research Institute, and The Globe and Mail. 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 also chair of Editors Toronto and administrative director of Rowers Reading Series. Jennifer’s working on her first book, a YA novel, and is excited to be an executive member of the Canadian Authors Association’s Toronto branch.

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 Eng 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.