Collected Fictions Meetup

The Collected Fictions Meetup is a small monthly gathering of editors and writers in Montreal, working in independent publishing, content marketing, journalism and everything in between.

Founded by Rebecca West in 2016, the meetup aims to create a space for dialogue, knowledge sharing and inspiration in a rapidly changing field. What started as informal gatherings over coffee has evolved into slightly more structured events, with monthly themes and select readings for discussion.


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Members

Rebecca West
Rebecca West is a freelance Copywriter and Editor based in Montreal, with a focus on projects at the intersection of tech, design and creativity. Her early obsession with reading led to an undergraduate degree in English literature from Concordia, followed by graduate studies at HEC in Communications and Marketing. In 2012, she started freelancing under the moniker Collected Fictions and has since built up a diverse network of clients amongst Montreal’s talented artists and innovators, such as Element AI, Moment Factory, e180, Dynamo, and EyeSteelFilm.

Simon Hudson
Connecting ideas, people, and media, Simon Hudson specializes in researching emerging topics and bringing them to a wider audience across all relevant media platforms. Formerly Managing Editor of Cloud & Co., Simon is currently Managing Editor at Montreal's hottest AI startup - Element AI.

Patrick Tanguay
Obsessively curious. A Thought Partner who assembles ideas for select clients as well as for E-180 and The Alpine Review. With E-180, Patrick is Editor-in-Chief of We Seek, their online magazine, of a fledgling print version and of a newsletter on the Evolution of Learning. Patrick was co-initiator and editor of The Alpine Review (now on hiatus), an award winning and critically acclaimed print publication - a compendium of ideas for a world in transition. He co-founded the first coworking space in Montréal, Station C, which was also one of the first in Canada. Over the years he has helped start a number of groups bringing people and ideas together: The Awesome Foundation Montréal, Webcamp, Creative Mornings Montréal, and Hacks/Hackers Montréal. Finally, he was also on the steering committee of OSMO / Notman house.

Catherine Métayer
Catherine Métayer has recently relocated to Montreal after living for the past 7 years between Beijing, New York, London and Montreal. Her professional experience ranges from editing and writing to project management and curatorial work. She is the Cofounder of Collectif Blanc, a Montreal-based curatorial platform promoting design and publishing in print and will launch Palaver in 2015, a publishing initiative combining audiobooks with limited print editions. Catherine holds an honorific MA in Publishing from the University of the Arts London, with a specialization in print publishing and new entrepreneurship. The various symbols and transformations of the print medium, as well as new forms of curation and publishing are amongst her most favorite subjects.

Mark Mann
Mark Mann is a freelance writer who specializes in longform narrative journalism. He has written feature stories for Toronto Life, The Walrus, Report on Business, Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, The Dance Current, Torontoist, and Maisonneuve, as well as essays about art and culture for Momus and Blouin ARTINFO. His science and tech writing have appeared in Motherboard at Vice. His essay “Lucky Strikes” won a National Magazine Award and was published in The Best Canadian Essays of 2011 by Tightrope Books. He has told stories on CBC Radio, Lipstick Studios podcast, and at Raconteurs events in Toronto. As a member of the art collective CCC, he creates scripts for historically-researched site-specific audio walks. He has participated in artist residencies with Fogo Island Arts and the Banff Centre. He is the editor of GE Reports Canada.

Jory Mackay
Jory Mackay is an award-winning writer and editor based out of Montreal, Canada, currently writing for some of the web’s best and editor of The Startup. You can also find my writing on these fine publications: The Observer, The Next Web, Life Hacker, Business Insider and Quartz.

Themes & Readings

Starting in May 2017, at each meetup one of our members has chosen a theme loosely connected to editorial or content marketing and select readings for discussion. Here are some of the topics we have covered so far.

The gig economy, precarity, & mental health

Is the Gig Economy Working? Many liberals have embraced the sharing economy. But can they survive it? By Nathan HellerProzac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax By Alex Williams. June 10, 2017Inside The Gig Economy’s New Wave Of Women’s Clubs by Molly Bennet, June 6, 2017How to Maintain Your Sanity (and Be Productive) When You Work Alone All the Time by Jocelyn K. GleiThe Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed (On the 40 hour work week vs being creative and doing knowledge work) by Morgan HouselHow Freelancers Are Reinventing Work Through New Collective Enterprises by Christopher D. Cook

Giving up, closing projects, knowing when to quit

Perhaps you should give up, by Dan Norris.Kill Your Old Ideas So You Can Be More Creative by Nick Douglas.Arianna Huffington's decision to step down makes perfect sense when you hear her best productivity advice + Arianna Huffington on letting go + “I gave up on” + short vid on Youtube.Don't Play with Dead Snakes — Kill Projects Before They Kill You, by Richard Daly.The Lost Art of Quitting, by Mike Fishbein.

AI applications in writing and publishing

Adventures in Narrated Reality: New forms & interfaces for written language, enabled by machine intelligence by Ross GoodwinAdventures in Narrated Reality, Part II – Artists and Machine Intelligence by Ross GoodwinArt in the Age of Machine Intelligence by Blaise Aguera y ArcasWhy AI Can’t Write This Article (Yet): Machines are learning faster and better than ever, but they still have limitations by Walter Frick, Harvard Business Review.Maluuba - Our Year in Review infographic highlights our research work in 2016Romance Novels, Generated by Artificial Intelligence by Elle O'Brien

Editorial Independence within Branded Publications

Toward dumber by Seth Godin, July 20, 2017Can We Please Stop Using Branded Content? by Joe Pulizzi, October 6, 2015 The One Ingredient Your Content Marketing Program Is Missing by Joe Pulizzi, June 29, 2015Editorial Integrity for Long-Term Growth by Kathi Simonsen, October 25, 2016There are only two ways to tell your story: A Venn Diagram for Brands by Steve Bryant, September 13, 2017Copyranter: Everybody’s definition of ‘branded content’ is wrong by Mark Duffy, July 8, 2015

"Writing and …" - The modern landscape for media workers and the complementary skills needed (or expected) to succeed

Why we’re dropping the term ‘content marketing’ - Inside Intercom by John CollinsEditorial values cannot be an afterthought by Gregory CiottiWhy good, unique content needs to die - Moz by Rand Fishkin, May 22, 2015Link Building Case Study: How I Increased My Search Traffic by 110% in 14 Days by Brian Dean, last updated September 2, 2016How to start a blog in the most cluttered marketplace in history by Ali Mese, September 3, 2017

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