Saturday October 29: 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

1:30 P.M. Top Tips on Editing Your Work from the Experts

with Carrie Snyder, Heather O'Neill, and Tasneem Jamal.

BSIA Room #143


You’ve written a draft of your novel. Now what?

Join award winning authors Heather O’Neill and Carrie Snyder as they share their approaches to editing their own work. They will discuss how editing shapes the structure, develops the characters, and sets the style for the final draft. Moderated by Tasneem Jamal.

  • CARRIE SNYDER is the author of four books of fiction, including Girl Runner, which was translated into a dozen languages and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Prize, and The Juliet Stories, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her new novel, Francie’s Got a Gun, is published by Knopf Canada (summer, 2022). She is a consulting editor for The New Quarterly magazine, and teaches creative writing at the University of Waterloo.

    Photo credit: Hilary Gauld

  • TASNEEM JAMAL was born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. The author of the novel Where the Air Is Sweet (HarperCollins 2014), she serves as a nonfiction editor atThe New Quarterly and is at work on her second novel. When not writing, Tasneem serves as Communications Officer at Project Ploughshares, a Waterloo-based peace research institute. She lives in Kitchener.

  • HEATHER O’NEILL is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Her bestselling novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and CBC’s Canada Reads. Her previous work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize two years in a row. She has won CBC’s Canada Reads and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there with her daughter.

    Photo credit: Julie Artacho