Student Writing Event in the Eastern Townships (SWEET)

Student Writing Event in the Eastern Townships (SWEET)

SWEET banner

SWEET, the Student Writing Event in the Eastern Townships, is a bi-annual event. This year, the event will be co-hosted by PROs, which focuses on journalism, public relations, advertising, and marketing. This year’s SWEET/PROs event features two panel discussions by professional writers, who will discuss what are essential tools to improve one’s literary endeavours. The panels will give students the opportunity to interact with established professionals in the field.

Download 2015 program brochure

2015 Guest Speakers

SWEET Panel: “The Business of Books”


Sarah Lolley’s personal essays have appeared in ELLE Canada, ELLE South Africa, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, and Canadian Living magazine. Her travel features have appeared in WestJet’s up! magazine, ELLE Canada, Green Living, Reader’s Digest, and Doctor’s Review. Her short fiction has been anthologized and short-listed for various writing competitions, including the CBC Literary Awards, and her first children’s picture book, Emily and the Mighty Om, was published in September of 2014. She is also a cryptic crossword aficionado, and blogs about the intersection of puzzles and life at She has traveled through 37 countries on five continents and currently calls Montreal home.


Elise Moser is the author of the YA novel Lily and Taylor (2013), from Groundwood Books. She has also published a novel for adults, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It (2009), from Cormorant Books, as well as many short stories and book reviews. She was the founding literary editor of Montreal’s online arts and culture magazine, The Rover (, and has collaborated with Leila Marshy to produce Mot/Town, a series of videos on Montreal writers in their neighbourhoods. Through the Quebec Writers’ Federation, she has led writing workshops and mentored emerging writers. She was president of QWF, 2009-2012.


Lori Schubert is the Executive Director of the Quebec Writers’ Federation as well as General Manager of VivaVoce, a professional chamber choir, in which she which also sings. Prior to her work in arts management, Lori was a corporate communications trainer in the New York metropolitan area; she taught written and oral communication at both McGill and Concordia Universities. Lori was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Quebec’s English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) and recently served on the steering committee for the 2011 State of the Arts Conference in Montreal. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Now! Organization, a dedicated team of volunteers across Canada passionate about sustainability and sparking social change through the arts.


Melanie Tutino is an editorial assistant at Doubleday Canada. A former Morris House Reading Series intern, Melanie holds a B.A. in Honours English from Bishop’s University. In 2014, she completed her M.S. in Publishing at New York University, where she was the recipient of the Oscar Dystel Fellowship. Melanie has interned at Random House Children’s Books, Perseus Books, and the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

SWEET Guest Speakers Archives:

For more information on SWEET, please contact Linda M. Morra at or Kristy Bockus at