From Screen to Page and Back: In Conversation with Zoe Whittall and Wiebke von Carolsfeld

2019-09-24 program promoTuesday, September 24, 7:30–9:30 pm

Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, 144 College St., 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 (UofT).

Our first joint program meeting of the 2019–20 season 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, 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, and sometimes poetry, while also writing, directing, or editing for film and TV? What kind of versatility, skills, and industry knowledge are required to move fluidly between page and screen? 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 moderated by writer, editor, and arts critic Lee Parpart, whose career has taken her from newspapers to film studies classrooms and hybrid publishing.

Admission is FREE for members of Canadian Authors–Toronto, members of Editors Toronto, and students and affiliates of the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. General admission is $10 ($5 for 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 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 Bussières. The Saver earned Wiebke nominations for Best Screenplay from the Canadian Screen Awards and the Writers Guild of Canada, and won 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’s 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 Best Book of 2016. Zoe won a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best comedy writing with the team from The Baroness von Sketch Show and has written for Schitt’s Creek, among 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. Her 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.

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 Canadian Authors–Toronto, 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. 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 HERE in advance or 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; a one-month “Hello Writer” subscription package (with prompts and other inspiration) from Firefly Creative Writing; and a pair of tickets to the closing gala for Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

Ticket information:

All tickets for this event (free or paid) must be booked through our event website. Click HERE and follow the prompts.

This event is FREE for members of Editors Canada; members of Canadian Authors Association; and students and affiliates in the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

$10 for non-members, and $5 for students in programs other than the creative writing program.

Please be sure to check in and present your print or digital ticket to a greeter at the event. This will help us keep track of attendance.

Problems booking? Contact Canadian Authors–Toronto co-president Lee Parpart at [email protected] or Editors Toronto programs chair Jessica de Bruyn at [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter at @EditorsToronto for updates and pre-event news.

Program details

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 Audience Q&A

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.

Anyone with specific questions about the accessibility features of this venue is invited to email the Editors Toronto programs chair at [email protected].

Privacy and media coverage

Portions of this program will be videotaped. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let one of the greeters know upon entry and they will direct you to appropriate seating.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to seeing you.

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