Programme of Events

Venue: Khyber Centre for the Arts

The second floor features all-day coffee & snacks and access to Room 1 (The Library) and Room 2 (Friesens Forum). Room 3 (Booknet Ballroom) is on the third floor.

9:30-10:00 – Coffee, tea, general mingling

10:00 – Official Welcome

10:15–11:00 → Grant Writing for Arts Organizations

Room 1 – The Library

An interactive session on writing grants for arts organizations led by Elizabeth Eve, who has been a bookseller, publisher, editor, and advocate for independent publishing in Canada for four decades. She was founding publisher at Nimbus Publishing, established Atlantic Books Today, and recently spent seven years in the Writing and Publishing Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. She is relieved to have found her way back home to Halifax.

10:15–11:00 → What Editors Do & Why You Need One

Room 2 – Friesens Forum

Hear from some red-pen-carrying editors on why every writer should have one in his or her back pocket.


Laura Bast completed her Master of English at Dalhousie University in 2011 and now lives in Sydney, where she has been the assistant editor at Cape Breton University Press for the past year, but she’s been editing things (to the occasional vexation of family and friends) for much longer than that. Visit her online at  Honest Book Reviews.

Penelope Jackson recently became managing editor of the brand-new Propriometrics Press after ten years as an editor at Nimbus Publishing, where she also managed acquisitions for its children’s programme. Parent by day, editor by night, and musician bi-weekly, Penelope lives in the North End of Halifax. Visit her online at Penelope Jackson, Editor.

Valerie Mansour is senior editor of The Writing and was co-chair of the National Conference of the Editors’ Association of Canada in Halifax last June. As well as editing, she reviews cookbooks, writes food articles, and does documentary film research. Visit her online at The Writing Resource.

Veronica Simmonds is an independent writer, editor, and audio producer based in Halifax. Her pieces have aired on CKDU, CBC, and NPR and she’s been printed in Macleans, Spacing, and The Coast. She is currently an editor and promoter for Invisible Publishing. Visit her online at

10:15–11:00 → Putting the “Media” in Social Media

Room 3 (upstairs) – Booknet Ballroom

The city’s most social-media-savvy journalists talk about how online presence drives content, traffic, and engagement on a human level.


Trevor J. Adams is editor of  Halifax Magazine and senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing. Last fall he published his first solo book: Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams That Played For the Stanley Cup. Visit him online at Halifax Magazine.

Hilary Beaumont is a freelance journalist from Halifax. She’s into Twitter and cycling but tries not to do them at the same time. Visit her online at

Jacob Boon is a freelance reporter in Halifax. His writing has appeared in The Chronicle Herald, Metro, Halifax Magazine, and Local Connections. He is a regular contributor to and film critic for The Coast.

Kim Pittaway is a journalist, educator and consultant. She is the former editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine, an eight-time National Magazine Award finalist and in-demand seminar leader. She teaches a six-week magazine and online workshop in the journalism program at King’s College, and is at work on a book about forgiveness.

11:10–12:00 → Acquisitions Editors Panel: What Publishers are Looking For

Room 1 – The Library

Whitney Moran is an editor with Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press in Halifax and writes freelance for The Coast, Atlantic Books Today, Halifax Magazine, and Line Magazine. Visit her online at

Colleen McKie is a publishing label executive at Fierce Ink Press. Before starting Fierce Ink with her business partner Kimberly Walsh, Colleen was a book blogger for four years. When not working on books or reading books or thinking about books, she’s busy taking care of the zillions of animals that own her. Visit her online at Fierce Ink Press.

Meghan Collins is an acquisitions editor at Formac Lorimer Books. She has worked there for ten years and has worn many hats, from art director to editor. She also blogs for and helps run HRM Parent, a popular local parenting website.

11:10–12:00 → How to Make Headlines: Writing for Magazines and Newspapers

Room 2 – Friesens Forum

Trevor J. Adams is editor of  Halifax Magazine and senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing. Last fall he published his first solo book: Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams That Played For the Stanley Cup. Visit him online at Halifax Magazine.

Chris Benjamin is a freelance writer and editor and the award-winning author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada and the novel Drive-by Saviours. He is currently writing an institutional biography of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School – a work-in-progress that won the 2013 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award. Visit him online at Chris Benjamin, Freelance Writer.

Stephanie Johns is the arts editor at The Coast and co-organizer of the Rebel Girl Halifax Rock Camp. She is in danger of being crushed by a towering pile of punk records while she sleeps.

Amanda Kincaid is the publisher of Line fashion magazine and an experienced television host and producer. She has attended SMU, Dal, and most recently NSCC for Radio and Television Broadcast Journalism. Visit her online at Line Magazine.

11:10–12:00 → Self & Traditional Publishing 101

Room 3 – Booknet Ballroom

Authors, publishers, and printers with experience in both self- and traditional publishing offer their expertise on the subject.


Alison Delory is a freelance journalist, editor, and part-time writing instructor at Mount Saint Vincent University. She enjoys all forms of creative and nonfiction writing. Her children’s novel, Lunar Lifter, was published in 2012. Visit her online at

Patti Larsen is an award-winning young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives on beautiful Prince Edward Island with her very patient husband and six massive cats. Visit her online at Patti Larsen, Purely Paranormal.

Steve Vernon is a storyteller. He has published several books, including Maritime Murder and Sinking Deeper, which was nominated for the Hackmatack Award. Visit him online at Yours in Storytelling

Ron Such is the Atlantic Canadian Book Representative for Friesens Printing, and deals with publishers, self-publishers and authors in NS, NB, PEI, and NL. Ron has been in the printing business for thrity years and previously owned a youth leadership company in Kitchener.

12:00–1:00 – Lunch

BookCamp participants will receive a ten percent discount at the following restaurants when they show their Eventbrite ticket: Pipa Restaurant and Bar, Economy Shoe Shop Café and Bar, Mugs etc. Coffee House, Star Anise Vietnamese Noodles Restaurant, and The Carleton Bar and Grill.

1:00–1:50 → Open slot

Room 1 – The Library

Want to start a session? Here’s your chance. Just let us know what topic you’d like to discuss. You never know what conversations might develop.

1:00–1:50 → Crowdfunding: How to Build a Brand From/Make Some Scratch

Room 2 – Friesens Forum

Colleen McKie is a publishing label executive at Fierce Ink Press. Before starting Fierce Ink with her business partner Kimberly Walsh, Colleen was a book blogger for four years. When not working on books or reading books or thinking about books she’s busy taking care of the zillions of animals that own her.

Bill McEwen is the publisher of Mixtape Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing the best in new Canadian music. After nine years in the Canadian Navy, he attended the journalism program at King’s and worked as a freelance journalist, marketer, and web developer until Mixtape came along. Visit him online at Mixtape Magazine.

1:00–1:50 → Creative Non-Fiction

Room 3 – Booknet Ballroom

Award-winning non-fiction writer Stephen Laffoley leads a session on the mysterious beast that is creative non-fiction.

Steven Laffoley is the author of six books. His work has been shortlisted for the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award, the Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Nonfiction. He recently won the 2013 Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction for his book Shadowboxing: the Rise and Fall of George Dixon.

2:00–2:50 → The Graphic Art: Making & Publishing Comics

Room 1 – The Library

Learn about the comic publishing industry from an academic and professional perspective.


Jane Affleck has taught courses on writing and the graphic novel at NSCAD University. Her day job involves writing web content, but she still much prefers good old paper books.

Joel Duggan is the cartoonist behind the online comic Starcrossed, host and producer of The Citadel Cafe podcast, and co-host and producer on Comics Coast to Coast on the FrogPants podcast network. In 2012, he self-published his first book, Starcrossed: Volume One. Joel works out of his home studio in Dartmouth.

Paul Hammond is a Halifax-based artist, illustrator, and printmaker. He has been working with artistic partner Seth Smith over the last ten years under the name Yorodeo, creating collaborative illustrations, gigposters, art prints, and ephemera. He also writes and draws a comic strip called Hey You Guys, published weekly in The Coast and online at

2:00–2:50 → Library Services for Authors

Room 2 – Friesens Forum

Two literature-loving librarians teach writers how to research their projects at the library, how to (and how not to) get your book into the library to save yourself time and money, and how to use the library as a promotional venue.

Maureen Collier and Kristina Parlee are librarians with Halifax Public Libraries. Maureen is a reference librarian and Kristina is a collections development librarian: both are members of the library’s Reader’s Services Team.

2:00–2:50 → How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

Room 3 – Booknet Ballroom

Award-winning novelist Stephanie Domet teaches us the art of, well, writing a novel in thirty days.

Stephanie Domet’s award-winning debut novel Homing was written during NaNoWriMo in 2003. Her second book, Fallsy Downsies, written at a more leisurely pace, was just released by Invisible Publishing.

3:00-3:50 → Writing Poetry in Halifax

Room 1 – The Library

Pick the brains of some of Halifax’s most exciting and engaging poets.


Jaime Forsythe’s first book of poetry, Sympathy Loophole, was published by Mansfield Press in 2012. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as Geist, This Magazine, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, and The Puritan.

Sue Goyette has published four books of poems and a novel. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.

Andrew Patterson wrote his first poem in 1998 at the age of thirteen. It sounded like a bad punk song and looked slanted on the page. Now, his work tends to resemble tiny conversations with big people. He lives in Halifax.

3:00-3:50 →  Keynote: Sean Cranbury – “Responsibilities of Individual Creators in the Digital Age”

Room 2 – Friesens Forum

Sean Cranbury is the creator and host of Books on the Radio and the Books on the Radio Projects. He comes from twenty years of experience as an independent bookseller, indie publisher, editor, and writer. In 2009, Sean started Books on the Radio as a weekly radio show about books on Simon Fraser University’s CJSF.

3:00-3:50 → Book Promotion

Room 3: Booknet Ballroom

Professionals in the business of promoting books through marketing, events, and social media tell you how it’s done.


Anne Verge is a digital strategist, designer, and renaissance girl. Formerly the digital marketing coordinator at Nimbus Publishing, she has created over two-hundred ebooks, and owns more physical books than is probably healthy. Visit her online at

Corey Redekop is a publicist for Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton and author of Husk, published last year by ECW. Visit him online at

Nikki Jabour is the author of The Year-Round Gardener, which has sold over 50,000 copies.

3:50-4:00 – Thank-yous, speeches, etc. The Author Shoppe opens

Second Floor

4:00-6:00 – Social (cash bar)

Second Floor