Canadian Authors – Toronto programs will take on a mix of art and business concerns. We plan to alternate between two main types of events:

1. themed presentations by writers and other publishing professionals dealing with various aspects of the writing life and the craft of writing, and

2. industry-focused events designed to help writers in the GTA meet agents and publishers, understand publishing contracts, master the ‘authorpreneurial’ demands of social media and marketing, and wend our way through the business side of this writing life.

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Canadian Authors Association–Toronto presents:


an online workshop


When: Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: online via Zoom

Registration required.

Please register with this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

FREE and open to all

For more information please email:

 Lee Parpart, Authors–Toronto Co-President: parpart at


About Be Brave Onstage:

Do you have a fear around performance? When someone puts a mic in front of you, do you freeze? Then Zoom in for #CAAEvents’ latest program, an online workshop with theatre director and slam coach, Charlie Petch.

In this online workshop you’ll learn things like: how to adjust your computer mic like a pro, the best way to read off the page, and even how to celebrate embarrassment. As Charlie Petch asks: “What if what we are supposed to be embarrassed about is actually incredible?”

CHARLIE PETCH is an award-winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch has toured their spoken word theatre piece, “Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush,” which got Best of 2017 from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album Odes & Acts. They have a Libretto, “Medusa’s Children,” forthcoming with Opera Q. They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and oratorealis journals. They will be publishing a full-length poetry book with Brick Books in Fall 2021. Petch is the creative director of “Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam,” a multi-city touring poetry slam series. They were also the 2017 Poet of Honour for Spoken Word Canada, winner of the Golden Beret prize for Spoken Word, a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a Youth Mentor with TDSB Creates. 

Click HERE to register:

Other Info

This discussion will be recorded for distribution through various Canadian Authors Association channels. All participants agree to the possibility of appearing on these recordings by virtue of attending or participating in this event. Participants may opt to keep their webcams off.

Comments? Questions?

Email Authors–Toronto co-president Lee Parpart at

Planning ahead

Stay tuned to the Authors–Toronto “Events” web page for regular programming and event updates.

As always, we welcome your feedback on all of our activities. Email co-president Lee Parpart at with comments, questions, or ideas about our programs and events.

We’re working to expand the number of writing circles that we can offer to members. We’re looking for branch members to launch and moderate new Authors–Toronto writing circles outside of the downtown core. Our Annex Writing Circle meets the second Thursday of every month at the CSI Annex and is at capacity, but we are open to working with new members to start another monthly group at the same location. Please email Lee at TOpresident1 at for more details about writing circles.

And if you know any writers who are not already members of Canadian Authors Association, please talk to them about the benefits of joining. To join Canadian Authors Association or renew your membership, click here.

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Thank you for your interest! We look forward to seeing you.