Residencies to Refine Your Career Path

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Toronto Star


At 25, Chelsea LaVecchia is working on her first book, an “eco-feminist speculative fiction novel that experiments with form.” But instead of penning her first words alone in a Starbucks, LaVecchia is in an enviable position. Each page of the way, she’s had access to an A-list team of mentors and editors, including award-winning Canadian novelists Helen Humphreys, Miriam Toews and Nino Ricci.

“Hearing about the business side of writing from professionals in the field has been enormously beneficial,” says LaVecchia. “It’s really easy to say, “go sit in a café and write poetry or write your screenplay,’ but it’s not as easy to pinpoint how to make money from what you’re passionate about.”