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Muse or tyrant? Midwife or surgeon? How do writers see their editors? This seminar will look at this crucial relationship from the first encounter through to publication and beyond. It will include strategies on how to ensure a good working relationship and how to encourage writers to do their best work. In addition, author Martha Baillie will discuss the experience of being edited and offer a view from the other side of the desk, virtual or otherwise.

Jennifer Glossop has worked as an in-house and a freelance editor for the past thirty-five years. She has worked with the authors of non-fiction books, including Peter Edwards, Peter Gzowski, Anne Kingston, Peter Mellen, David Suzuki, and Kim Vicente. Among the fiction authors she has edited are Margaret Atwood, Gail Bowen, Marian Engel, Sylvia Fraser, Maureen Jennings, Larissa Lai, Shani Mootoo, Susan Musgrave, Fred Stenson, and Tim Wynne-Jones. She has also taught editing and written a number of children’s books.

Martha Baillie is the author of The Incident Report, which was nominated for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; The Shape I Gave You; and  Madame Balashovskaya’s Apartment. Her non-fiction has appeared in Brick magazine, and she has written and spoken about contemporary visual art for the AGO and the Koffler Gallery. Her forthcoming novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, will be published in September 2014 by Pedlar Press in Canada and Tin House Books in the United States.

Friday, June 6
9 AM to 12 PM
Registration – $115 members, $140 non-members (HST extra)
Early Registration (to May 30) – $100 members, $120 non-members (HST extra)
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Room 241
209 Victoria Street
(Registrations may be made here.)