3. The Writers' Hub - The FOLD

3. The Writers’ Hub

Virtual Fair


Drop by the booths of more than twenty industry vendors featuring representatives from multinational publishers, independent presses, publishing programs, booksellers and book distributors, and community organizations. Book chats with editors or pop-in for a quick Q and A in a unique opportunity to chat about an upcoming project, future pursuits, or industry misconceptions.Date: May 1, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

This event is designed in conjunction with The Writer’s Workshop: Publishing 101 which runs from 2:00-4:00pm ET.


How does it work?

All of the Writers’ Hub exhibitors have been asked to participate in the Writer’s Hub. However, each exhibitor (see list below) will set up their booth according to their preferences. Some will have a representative, or a number of representatives available to live chat and answer questions on-demand throughout the Writers’ Hub. Some will have a “Reserve a Chat” feature that will be available as soon as the platform opens on May 1. Some may offer both options. If you do not see a Reserve Chat option, it is likely the vendor is doing live, on-demand chat only.

At the Hub, writers may choose to ask generic questions to publishers about submitting a manuscript OR they may choose to request to make a pitch or discuss how they might go about making a specific pitch on a manuscript with the representative(s) at the booth. They might ask academic institutions about training and development opportunities. Job seekers might choose to ask about job opportunities or career path based questions.

Key Benefits

  • Meet with numerous publishers at a time
  • Get contact information for next steps — job opportunities, pitch process, academic programs, etc.
  • Learn from small, medium and large presses what’s expected
  • Gather up-to-date info on submission policies
  • Generate a list of key contacts
  • Learn about the Canadian publishing process

How to Register

Attending the Writers’ Hub requires access to the virtual festival. Guests can choose from two types of passes for this year’s hub:

  • Virtual Events Only Passes ($35)
  • Virtual Plus In-Person Events Passes ($45)


Secondary school educators can choose a special Educator pass (with the same virtual and in-person options), which allow them to create a Student Access Login which their students can use to log on to individual devices.

Bundle passes are available for groups of five educators who wish to reduce the price of their pass by buying in bulk.

School discounts and board discounts are available by request until early April.


On a Budget? Check out our Patron Pass program.

Featured Speaker(s)

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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