Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Overcoming the Odds: Long Journeys to Publication

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Getting published is quite a struggle for aspiring writers. At this session, learn from three Humber School for Writers alumni who have burst out with a bang. Ann Y K Choi and Mona Awad have both published books for the first time and Shari Lapena has sold her third book in over twenty territories.

Mona Awad

Mona Awad received her MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’sThe WalrusJoylandPost RoadSt. Petersburg Review, and many other journals. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and English literature at the University of Denver.

Ann Y.K. Choi

Originally from Chung-Ju, South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She attended the University of Toronto where she studied English, Sociology, and Education. Ann has also graduated from the Humber School for Writers, the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is completing her MFA in Creative Writing from the National University in San Diego, California. In 2012, she received the Marina Nemat Award.

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena is an alumna of the Humber School for Writers who has published two books of fiction. Her most recent novel, The Couple Next Door, has burst onto the scene as a major international multiple sale.