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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017.
First impressions are fantastically important in a publishing house. Overworked editors make snap decisions right from the first few words, sentences, and paragraphs they see on page one. So how does the first page or your prose stack up? Would an editor turn to page two having seen page one? This exercise is not for the faint of heart. Anonymously drop off your first page of prose (sorry, no poetry) earlier in the day and write on the top whether it is adult or young adult writing, from a story or a novel. Our host will choose pages at random from the box and read some of the prose aloud. Our panelists will give thumbs up or down and say why. Due to time pressure, not all prose pieces will be chosen.
Jack David, Publisher, of ECW Press, has spent decades in the literary trenches. ECW, publishes books ranging from wrestling guides to novels to poetry. He is a great friend of students, and has always been willing to listen to a pitch or consider any literary project.
Kim Moritsugu is the author of six novels. Her most recent novel is The Oakdale Dinner Club. A longtime writing teacher for The Humber School for Writers, she will comment on prose from the point of view of a writing teacher.