A Day of (funny) Stories
10a.m. - noon:
Workshop: So how do I get published?
Are you working on a manuscript but don’t know how to take it from paper to published? Do you need an agent? Can you approach publishers directly? What can you expect from a publisher? Big house or small press? What about self-publishing? How do you promote your work?
Two award-winning and funny writers, Rod Carley and Terry Fallis will walk aspiring writers through the ups and downs of the publishing process using their own diverse experiences to bring it to life.
2p.m. - 3:30p.m:
(funny) Stories, A Conversation with Terry Fallis & Rod Carley
In what promises to be an entertaining tag-team, two-hander, award-winning writers Rod Carley and Terry Fallis will read from, and then interview one another about their latest books. You’ll hear how they both approach their writing and about those moments that make the writing life both satisfying and, at times, frustrating.
The session will close with an audience Q&A.
Rod is the author of GRIN REAPING (2022), KINMOUNT (winner of the Silver Medal for
Best Regional Fiction from the 2021 Independent Publishers Book Awards and one of ten books
longlisted for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medallion for Humour), and A Matter of
Will (finalist for the 2018 Northern Lit Award for Fiction). His short stories and creative non-
fiction have appeared in Broadview Magazine, Cloud Lake Literary, Blank Spaces Magazine, the
non-fiction anthology 150 Years Up North and More, the Carter V. Cooper 2022 Short Fiction
Anthology, and HighGrader Magazine. He was short-listed for the 2021 Exile Quarterly’s Carter
V. Cooper Short Fiction Prize. Rod is also an award-winning director, teacher, and actor, having
directed and produced over 135 theatrical productions to date, including 15 adaptations of
Shakespeare. He was the 2009 winner of TVO’s Big Ideas/Best Lecturer competition. He is an
alumnus of the Humber School for Writers and resides in North Bay, ON.
A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestselling novels, including his latest, Albatross, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part CBC-Television miniseries, as well as a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation, was released in May 2014, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015, was a Globe and Mail bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller. His seventh novel, Albatross, was a number one national bestseller a week after it was published and remained on the bestsellers list for months. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year.