Screen to Page and Back
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Bldg, 144 College St, Toronto, ON M5S 3M2, Canada
Screen to Page and Back: In Conversation with Zoe Whittall and Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30–9:30 pm
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, 144 College Street, Room B150, TORONTO
Co-presented by Editors Toronto, Canadian Authors–Toronto, and the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.
For our first joint program meeting of the 2019–20 season, Editors Toronto, Canadian Authors–Toronto, and the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, will feature a conversation about books and movies with two of the brightest lights in Canadian film, TV, and book publishing. Multiple award-winning writer Zoe Whittall and renowned film editor and director (and now novelist) Wiebke von Carolsfeld will read from their novels, show clips from their film and TV work, and share stories about what it’s like to write, edit, and be edited across different media.
Have you ever wondered how some writers manage to do it all, publishing novels, stories, sometimes poetry, while also writing, directing, and/or editing for film and TV? What kind of versatility, skills, and industry knowledge are required to move fluidly between page and screen, and what can writers, filmmakers, and editors learn from those who thrive on such border crossings? Zoe and Wiebke will address these and other questions in a wide-ranging discussion of their own books, movies, and TV work.
The conversation will be moderated by writer, editor, and arts critic Lee Parpart, whose career has taken her from newspapers to film studies classrooms and her latest incarnation as an editor of fiction and poetry.
Admission is FREE for members of Canadian Authors–Toronto, Editors Toronto, and affiliates of the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students.
More about our speakers:
German-born, Montreal-based Wiebke von Carolsfeld is a film director, editor and writer. Her critically acclaimed debut, Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker and introducing Ellen Page), won numerous awards, including Best First Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and at Cinéfest Sudbury, before playing at festivals around the world. Wiebke also wrote and directed STAY (starring Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn), which opened at TIFF and garnered the Best Director Award from the Emerge Film Festival. Her latest film is The Saver, an adaptation of Edeet Ravel’s novel, introducing Imajyn Cardinal and featuring Pascale Bussiéres. The Saver earned Wiebke nominations for Best Screenplay from the Canadian Screen Awards and the Writer’s Guild of Canada, winning Best Screenplay from the Chlotrudis Awards. Wiebke is also a renowned feature film editor, with credits that include An Audience of Chairs, Fugitive Pieces, Eisenstein, and many others. She has taught classes internationally on screenwriting, filmmaking, and the creative process. Claremont is her first novel.
Zoe Whittall has been described as "the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler...” (The Globe and Mail). Her third novel, The Best Kind of People, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, is being adapted for film by acclaimed director Sarah Polley, and was named Indigo's No. 1 Book of 2016. She won a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best comedy writing with the team from The Baroness von Sketch Show, and has written on Schitt’s Creek and other shows. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a LAMBDA Literary Award, and her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, is now being adapted into a limited series for TV. Whittall's short fiction and arts criticism have appeared in Granta, The Walrus, The Believer, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hazlitt and others. She has also published three volumes of poetry. Her next novel, The Spectacular, is forthcoming with HarperCollins. Find out more here.
Lee Parpart has worked as a journalist, film studies lecturer, and editor. She wrote a weekly film and video column for The Globe and Mail's broadcast magazine, taught film studies courses at York University and the University of Toronto, and now edits poetry and fiction for Toronto hybrid publisher Iguana Books. A former programs chair of Editors Toronto and currently co-president of the Toronto branch of Canadian Authors Association, Lee won an emerging writer prize from Open Book: Ontario in 2016 for her short fiction.
Check out our raffle! We love to raise money for emerging writers by raffling off cool prizes at our events. Enter for a chance to win copies of Zoe Whittall and Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s books, along with other prizes. Full prize details will be released here as they become available. All raffle proceeds will support emerging writers through the Creative Writing Bursary at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.
Raffle tickets are $2 each, $5 for three, or $10 for seven, and can be purchased on the event website and at the venue. Raffle winners must be present at the event or be represented by someone who holds their ticket to claim their prize.
Prizes: Two copies of Zoe Whittall's Holding Still for as Long as Possible; one copy of Zoe Whittall's The Best Kind of People; two copies of Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Claremont; a prize pack of movie-themed books donated by Canadian Authors–Toronto; two books from Porcupine’s Quill Press; and a one-month "Hello Writer" subscription package (with prompts and other inspiration) for Firefly Creative Writing; and a pair of tickets to the closing gala for Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Prize update! This just in: The Creative Writing Program at SCS has generously pulled together two prize packs of books by past and current faculty, admin, and students. Prize Pack #1 includes: Cary Fagan’s The Student, which is on the City of Toronto Book Award shortlist; Ayelet Tsabari’s The Art of Leaving, which is on the Hilary Weston Prize shortlist; and former SCS creative writing program student Zalika Reid-Benta’s Frying Plantain, which is on the Giller Prize Longlist. Prize Pack #2 includes: Ken McGoogan Flight of the Highlanders; Diane Terrana's The World on Either Side; and SCS creative writing program director Lee Gowan's Confession.
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Doors will open at 7:10 pm promptly. Please arrive early to get a good seat.
7:30 pm Introductions
7:40 pm Readings, screenings, and guided Q&A with Zoe Whittall and Wiebke von Carolsfeld
8:50 pm Q&A with the audience
9:15 pm Raffle
9:25 pm Book sales and signings
Room B150 of the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building at UofT is fully accessible. Details about the venue are available here.
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