On Friday March 11, we welcomed Award winning author, Zoe Whittall to Algonquin College, for her reading and Q&A session. We were delighted to see so many people in attendance, coming from different areas of the college.
Zoe Whittall read three passages from her book, Holding Still for as long as possible and then answered questions from the audience. And there were a lot of questions! One student was amazed, and perhaps discouraged, that Ms Whittall’s novel had gone through around 25 drafts! Sobering words, that we can’t all become award winning authors over night. It is always interesting to learn about the writing process, when you love to read books. How do these authors come up with these ideas? How do they make sure they get the words right? It was interesting to learn about the mechanics of writing too. Ms Whittall described the process in great detail, about going through her manuscript many times taking out certain parts, adding certain parts, giving her book to others to read it over to see if the voices sounds credible. It was a great and informative event and we hope to host more authors in the future.
Thanks to the Algonquin Reads team for making it happen, especially Joanne McDonald, Catrina McBride, Cecelia Taylor, Marni Squire, and Joan Callaghan. Thanks also to the Professional Writing professors, Nathan Greenfield and Ian Roy for bringing their classes to this event.