Events

From my PhD days (and from coaching circus to pay my way through undergrad!), I have a teaching background, and I love to collaborate and share what I know. Below are some events I have participated in over the course of my time in publishing so far!

One Foot in Each World

On February 10, 2021, the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto hosted a virtual roundtable on creative writing and scholarship via Zoom. The event featured Alexandra Jocic, Dr. Katya Pechenkina, and Dr. Emmy Nordstrom Higdon. It was moderated by Professor Janet Poole.

Agent Fit on Writing the Wrong Way

Over the years, Jonathan has been asked many questions about agents, and so on this episode, he welcomes Emmy Nordstrom Higdon, a literary agent with Westwood Creative Artists. They talk about what Nordstrom Higdon looks for in new clients/submissions, the current state of the publishing industry, and Higdon’s completely rational fear of zombies.

Query Critiques on TSNOTYAW

On the Books with Hooks segment, Emmy Nordstrom Higdon joined author and podcast host Bianca Marais to provide query critiques. In the first episode, Bianca and Emmy discuss authorial voice; jumping right into where the action is; how using appropriate comps can help cut down on a query’s word count; including sample pages for more than one POV; and carefully choosing your story’s timeline/setting. In the second episode, Emmy unpacks starting with action to get a good sense of voice and character; how the story needs to be front and center with opening pages before digging into issues; starting with something dramatic and compelling; showing the MC out of their depth with internal and external conflict; and dramatizing epistolary parts of a novel.

Supply Chain on Writers Drinking Coffee

 Emmy Nordstrom Higdon joins us to talk about the publishing biz, especially challenges of the current global supply chain. If you ever wondered what Dostoevsky and Charmin have in common, Emmy happily explains the connection between wood pulp, garbage, shipping, and trans-oceanic trade. No country is an island of self-sufficiency, so come learn interconnectedness of all things required to get a new book into your hands or eReader.

Finding the Right Agent for You on the Brockton Writers Series

The Brockton Writers Series (BWS) is a bi-monthly literary reading series founded in the west-end Toronto neighbourhood of Brockton in November 2009. The vision for the series is to host writers who reflect Canadian literature and Canadian diversity. This event features Grace Lau, Brad Fraser, Rebecca Salazar, James Lee Lord Parker and guest speaker emmy who gave us pointers on Finding the Right Literary Agent for You.