Information and Library Technologies Students Host Authors' Panel

Written by Geoff Tucker

John Abbott College Information and Library Technologies Dept.

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, November 7.

As part of their Public Relations course, several students in John Abbott College's Information and Library Technologies organized and hosted a panel of authors from within the college, titled "You Too Can Be Published!"

The students- Zaf Koty, Deborah Otter, Dora Zanni and Geoff Tucker- gathered three authors: JAC English teacher and young-adult novelist Lori Weber, student and poet James Borenstein-Laurie, and student and novelist Sydnie Beaupré. Each answered a series of questions about their work and the writing process, with a particular emphasis on the publishing process.

Weber spoke about the publication of her first picture book, My Grandma Loves Hockey, the difficulties of publishing illustrated books, and dealing with literary agents. Borenstein-Laurie spoke about winning the Polar Expressions Award, writing his first novel and National Novel Writing Month, and the difficulties of juggling writing and studies. Beaupré spoke about her novella and anthology and the self-publishing process. All three offered advice for aspiring writers, and discussed how they started writing and what they saw as a lack of opportunities for students to take creative writing courses.

The event attracted an audience of teachers and students from within the ILT program. Student Emily Barrington described the panel as "very good", adding "I liked the range of authors. It was very interesting."

The Public Relations class, taught by Barbara Houghton, aims to prepare students to organize and perform promotional activities for libraries, archives and records centres.


Photo taken by: Alexandra Brullo

Seated from left to right: Lori Weber, James Borenstein-Laurie and Sydnie Beaupre

Standing from left to right: Dora Zanni, Deborah Otter, Zaf Koty, and Geoff Tucker.