Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2019 Toronto Writing Workshop.


Screen Shot 2018-12-17 at 12.59.28 PM.pngRati Mehrotra is a published author of speculative fiction (sci-fi and fantasy.)

At the 2019 Toronto workshop, Rati will be teaching on writing awesome science fiction & fantasy world-building, and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on for attendees.

Rati is represented by Mary. C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates and published by Harper Voyager US. Her first book Markswoman was published in January 2018 and the sequel is scheduled for March 2019. She also enjoys reading and writing short stories.

A few of her favorite writers are Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Sofia Samatar, N. K. Jemisin, Jack Vance, Neil Gaimam, Gene Wolfe, Patricia A. McKillip, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling (who can’t love Harry Potter?) and – yes – Jane Austen.


Screen Shot 2019-01-11 at 10.31.55 AM.pngAmanda Sun is a published YA author and proud Nerdfighter.

At the 2019 Toronto workshop, Amanda is teaching on worldbuilding, and doing critiques for attendees.

Amanda is the author of the Paper Gods series, a YA Fantasy set in Japan about dangerous drawings coming to life. She also wrote HEIR TO THE SKY, which was nominated for the Aurora Award for Best YA Novel of 2016. She has contributed to several award-winning anthologies, including the Asian SF/F anthology WHERE THE STARS RISE, STRANGERS AMONG US, THE SUM OF US, TESSERACTS FIFTEEN, and SHADES WITHIN US.

Many of her novels and short fiction have been Aurora Award nominees and Junior Library Guild selections, as well as Indigo Top Teen Picks and USA Today features. When not reading or writing, Sun is an avid cosplayer and crafter. She has a degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and will happily write your name for you in Egyptian hieroglyphs if you ask.


Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 8.16.11 PMChuck Sambuchino (@chucksambuchino) is a freelance editor, best-selling book author, and former longtime staffer for Writer’s Digest Books. For many years he edited the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS and the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET.

At the 2019 Toronto conference, he is teaching many courses on getting published, and critiquing attendee query letters.

His Guide to Literary Agents Blog was one of the largest blogs in publishing, and he wrote the platform guidebook CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM. His humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, was optioned by Sony Pictures. Chuck’s books have been mentioned in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss, New York magazine, and many more media outlets. He is a successful freelance editor of queries, synopses, and manuscripts—seeing dozens of clients get agents or book deals following his consultations/edits. He loves meeting new writers.


Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.12.28 PMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

She is critiquing chapter book and middle grade submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.