Join four diverse authors for a discussion about the relationship between writers and their online communities. Topics will include the various platforms these writers have used to build passionate and dedicated fan bases (including Wattpad, Twitter and Instagram), how they interact and maintain relationships with these fans while still finding the time to write, what the benefits and downfalls are to writing within the public eye and how relationships such as these are changing the face of publishing today. Mark Medley hosts.
This event is presented by Wattpad.
It is also part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Emily Lindin is the founder of The UnSlut Project, which counters sexual bullying and slut-shaming in our schools, communities, media and culture by offering support and a space to share stories. Now a Harvard graduate pursuing her PhD in California, Emily started The UnSlut Project by publishing her own middle school diary entries, which document her young experience with slut-shaming, on Wattpad. Emily has been featured sharing her story on ABC with Katie Couric, CNN with Brooke Baldwin, Al Jazeera America and in many magazines and blogs including The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and The Observer.
Mark Medley is The Globe and Mail's books editor. Before that he spent more than seven years with the National Post, where he served as an arts reporter, books editor and managed the paper's books blog, The Afterword. His work has appeared in publications across North America, including The Walrus and Toronto Life. He currently sits on PEN Canada's Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Committee of Humber's School for Writers.
Sina Queyras is the author of the Lambda Literary Award–winning Lemon Hound, Expressway (shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award) and the novel Autobiography of Childhood (shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award). She often writes for the Poetry Foundation and runs the online journal Lemon Hound. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal, where she now resides. Queyras presents her latest work, a devastating, cheeky and allusive poetry collection called MxT, or ‘Memory x Time,’ which is a formula she posits as a way to measure grief.
Anna Todd is the first-time author of the After trilogy. After discovering the social media platform Wattpad, Todd started writing and sharing her trilogy, which would go on to become a global phenomenon. To date, she has over 900 million reads on the three-part series and nearly 1 million followers across her social media networks. Through Wattpad, she signed a publishing deal with Gallery Books and is currently working with UTA on a film adaptation. She lives in Austin, Texas.