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Publishing Symposium

Where: Cliff Wright Branch Library, 1635 McKercher Drive (Lakewood Civic Centre), Saskatoon

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE 

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and SaskBooks offer writers and publishers a chance to learn more about publishing your work at this year’s Publishing Symposium. This year’s symposium includes a brief presentation on the basics of publishing and a panel discussion of permissions, libel and defamation.

Presenters include:
Jillian Bell - The Basics of Publishing
Kate Sutherland - A Primer on Canadian Defamation Law for Writers
Kimmy Beach - James Bond in the Classroom: Stealing Poetry to Fill out the Curriculum


The Basics of Publishing

A look at what it takes to be a publisher, and how publishers and writers work together to promote and sell books. Jillian will touch on the different kinds of publishers operating in Saskatchewan, from self publishers to academic and literary presses; best practices in self-publishing; some best practices in using keywords in your metadata; and a crash course in how not to use social media for marketing.


Panel Discussion

A Primer on Canadian Defamation Law for Writers

Kate Sutherland will cover the basics of Canadian defamation law with particular attention to aspects likely to be of relevance to writers in various genres. Can a real person be defamed in fiction? What defences might a biographer or a memoirist wish to acquaint themselves with before publishing a tell-all? Can a book review be defamatory? Come for discussion of these and other questions, and to hear a few anecdotes about defamation suits from the literary world.


James Bond in the Classroom: Stealing Poetry to Fill out the Curriculum

In October of 2015, Kimmy caught wind by accident that a UVic professor was planning to teach The Last Temptation of Bond (her fifth book) in his class called, “Deconstructing 007: James Bond, Beyond the Movies”. He did it without obtaining permission from her press, or paying her for its use. The press and Kimmy were not as delighted as the professor expected them to be. 



Jillian Bell is a writer and freelance editor who has been working with SaskBooks, the provincial creative industry association for book publishers in Saskatchewan, since 2001. Jillian lives in the Qu'Appelle Valley and is an avid gamer, textile artist,

musician, all-around nerd, and sci-fi fan. 


Kate Sutherland is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. She is the author of two books of short stories (Summer Reading and All In Together Girls) and a collection of poems (How to Draw a Rhinoceros). Her poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry and Best American Experimental Writing. She is currently at work on a book about lawsuits involving writers as litigants and literary texts as evidence.


Kimmy Beach’s sixth book, Nuala: A Fable (The University of Alberta Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, and was featured on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. She

lives and writes in Red Deer, Alberta. 



Participation will be limited, so please register in advance. Please remember to mention your affiliations in the registration form next to your name. 

For more information, contact Yolanda Hansen, SWG Program Manager, at 306-791-7743 or programs@skwriter.com. 

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