4. The Writer's Workshop: Publishing 101 - The FOLD

4. The Writer’s Workshop: Publishing 101

Virtual Event


Back by popular demand, the Writers’ Workshop is specifically designed for writers navigating the Canadian publishing industry.

Through an in-depth and extensive workshop, writers will hear from agent Brigette Kam about the submission process, followed by a deep-dive into the editing process with editor Aeman Ansari. Wrapping up the workshop, publicist Cynara Geissler will provide helpful tips about what to expect and how to approach the challenges of marketing and publicity.

Before, after and throughout the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and visit vendors and publishing professionals in our exhibit hall.

Representatives from Penguin Random House Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada, Harlequin, HarperCollins Canada, Rising Action Publishing, NeWest Press, Nimbus Publishing, Playwrights Canada and more will be available to answer publishing questions 12-4pm at their virtual booths — as well as publishing programs like Sheridan and SFU Writing and agents like Westwood Creative Agency.

Date: May 1, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


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Guests can choose from three types of passes for FOLD 2022:

  • Virtual Events Only Passes ($35)
  • Virtual Plus In-Person Events Passes ($45)
  • In-Person Only Passes ($15)


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)

Aeman Ansari
A fat white woman in her late 30s stands in front of a full bookshelf. The photo shows her from the waist up; she's wearing a fitted multi-coloured striped dress with a mockneck and long sleeves. She has chin-length curled golden brown hair, wears square light blue glasses, orange lipstick and green pompom earrings.
Cynara Geissler
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Bridgette Kam
Hana El Niwairi

Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari is a Toronto-based freelance editor. Previously, she acquired, commissioned, and edited narrative-driven fiction and non-fiction at HarperCollins Canada. Aeman has a particular interest in projects by BIPOC authors that showcase authentic voices, nuanced narratives, and intersectional identities.

A fat white woman in her late 30s stands in front of a full bookshelf. The photo shows her from the waist up; she's wearing a fitted multi-coloured striped dress with a mockneck and long sleeves. She has chin-length curled golden brown hair, wears square light blue glasses, orange lipstick and green pompom earrings.

Cynara Geissler

Cynara Geissler (she/her) is the director of marketing and publicity at Arsenal Pulp Press, a leading Canadian independent book publisher in Vancouver, BC. Arsenal Pulp Press celebrated its 50th anniversary in fall 2021 and has over 400 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; children’s and young adult literature; regional history; cookbooks; alternative crafts; and books in translation.

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Bridgette Kam

Bridgette Kam is a literary associate at Westwood Creative Artists, where she is proud to co-represent writers of literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, and children’s picture books with WCA’s senior agents. She previously worked in WCA’s rights department and interned at McClelland & Stewart. Before publishing, Bridgette worked in the arts, communications, education and legal industries in Toronto and Hong Kong.


Hana El Niwairi

Hana El Niwairi is a writer, publishing professional, and media enthusiast who handles international rights at a literary agency based in Toronto. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Hana worked in the non-profit, arts, and culture sectors. She is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization BIPOC of Publishing in Canada.

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