Class of 2021 Bulletin Board

Winter Term:

  • Winter residency: January 10-15, 2021 (online)

A series of tip sheets for students and alumni, geared to helping create and maintain momentum on your projects. We'll be sending out information related to building your platform, establishing your authority in your subject area, connecting with editors and agents, and more. 

Note from Kim (October 27, 2020)
Hi all: It's wet, rainy and definitely autumnal here in Halifax today. I hope it's warmer and sunnier wherever you are!

I also hope that your Fall term is progressing well. And because it's never too early to look ahead, I'm writing today with an update on plans for the Winter Residency, pitching and your Publishing II course.

Pitching preparation
Pitch Perfect: On Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Eastern, Paragraph NY will be offering a session with MFA residency panelist and presenter Brenda Copeland called Pitch Perfect. We have arranged for you to have free access to Pitch Perfect, and to be able to access the recording of the session afterwards. Brenda is an accomplished New York-based book editor who also presented to us on pitching at the Toronto residency. We will be providing Paragraph with your Dal email addresses in order to register you for access to this event, and they will contact you directly with instructions on how to access the session and the recording. You may also be interested in watching their Pitch Wars sessions, where authors of fiction and nonfiction do one-minute pitches for their books for feedback from editors and agents. (You have free access to Pitch Perfect; it costs $10US to register for Pitch Wars--find out more about at .)

Winter Residency
The Winter Residency takes place from Sunday, January 10 to Friday, January 15. You will be provided with a detailed schedule in December. Announcements with links to the Zoom sessions will be posted on the Online Community Announcements page in Brightspace, as well as emailed to you. The shape of the days will be similar to the June residency: 
  • Optional Coffee Breaks in the late morning to start your day. 
  • Required afternoon lectures, Q&A panels, field trips and mentor group meetings 
  • Optional evening social events, including student and mentor readings 
  • One day set aside for one-to-one pitching. Note that pitch day meetings may take place in the morning and afternoon. 
We have some terrific guests lined up for the residency, including editors George Gibson and Amy Gash and writers Sarah Weinman and Adam Gopnik.

Publishing II
Attached is the syllabus for your Publishing II course. The course includes the residency as well as additional assignments due throughout the term. It will be supported on Brightspace and the Brightspace course section will be available to you beginning in December. You will see that you have an assignment due on January 8, just before the Winter Residency starts. I will also be preparing a short video introduction to the course that goes over the key assignments and course elements, which will also be available on Brightspace. 

Questions? I'm happy to answer them. Please email me directly at, rather than replying to the list-serv, so that people's email in-boxes don't get overloaded.



Everything you need to know… and more, including your…
  • Handy-Dandy Deadline Cheat Sheet
  • Sept 1: Essential Book List                                                                         Pass/Fail
  • Sept 27: Book Report #1                                                                                       15%
  • Oct 15: Op-ed/commentary based on student’s project                                  30%
  • Oct 30: Book Report #2                                                                                       15%
  • Nov 15: End Notes Essay                                                                                      40%
  • Nov 29: Responses to End Notes Essays                                                     Pass/Fail

For your post-residency perusing pleasure