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Ann Y.K. Choi’s debut children’s picture book

Yu-Rhee, a young Korean girl, wants to know how to tell time using a clock. Her mother tells her a tale from her childhood based on the traditional Korean practice of timekeeping, where the 12 animals of the zodiac are assigned to 2-hour sections of the 24-hour clock. Published by Orca Children’s Book Publishers and illustrated by Soyeon Kim, Once Upon an Hour will be released in October 2020.



Chris M Briggs’ debut novel launch

Novel Reading by Chris M Briggs

On December 19, 2019, The Soap Box released Trial, 11th Floor Writer member Christopher M Briggs‘ debut novel.
The event was held at Creeds Coffee Bar in Toronto, Ontario.

Thank you to everyone who attended.
Congratulations Chris and The Soap Box!

Copies of Trial can be purchased by visiting The Soap Box’s website.

Chris in conversation with Ann Y.K. Choi & Chris signing copies of Trial
11th Floor Writers, (back row) Chris M Briggs, Maureen Lynch, M.B. Russell, Andrew Fruman, Ann Y.K. Choi (below) Marianne Miller, Saad Omar Khan, Theodora Kempe
Tali Voron, Editor-in-Chief & Founder of The Soap Box, Chris’ publisher

Everybody’s Got a Thing, with Marty!

The Soap Box‘s Tali Voron and 11th Floor Writers Chris M Briggs and Ann Y.K. Choi appeared on Everybody’s Got a Thing, with Marty!, a Toronto-based variety show to talk about writing and building communities. Check out the November 29, 2019 episode.

Congratulations Saad Omar Khan!

Saad‘s work “Drinking the Ocean” was longlisted for the 2019 Guernica Prize for Literary. Congratulations!

Mentor Lunch & Learn

We were happy to join The Soap Box for this event to support aspiring and emerging writers by connecting them with established writers and industry professionals. The lunch was held at Milestones in downtown Toronto (July 2019).

Public Library Reading

We were thrilled to do our first public library reading. Thank you to everyone who came out (May 2019).









Anthology Book Launch – Nov 2018

Signing copies of our anthology!


Over 200 guests attended our book launch held at Sid Smith Hall at the University of Toronto
Christopher M Briggs, Saad Omar Khan, Theodora Kempe, Ryan Dadoun, Jacques Lupien, Andrew Fruman, Patrick Mahoney, Maureen Lynch, Ann Y.K. Choi, Charlotte Owen, M.B. Russell (2018)

A huge thanks to our publisher, The Soap Box Press, and Lee Gowan from The School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, for making it possible to hold our event at Sidney Smith Hall.

From Pen to Published!

Hear from published authors and industry professionals

Attend workshops hosted by the 11th Floor Writers and guest facilitators

Celebrate the launch of our anthology Voices from the 11th Floor


Learn about the world of publishing from the people who are in it.

Location: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
Saturday November 17, 2018
from 12 – 7 PM

Join The Soap Box and The 11th Floor Writers for a day long publishing fair filled with keynote speakers, networking, workshops, and the launch of Voices From the 11th Floor!

Sid Smith is an accessible building with ramps, powered entrances, and an elevator. We encourage anyone with questions to contact The Soap Box directly.


Free for everyone registered before October 17, 2018

At the door tickets will be $10 and students with valid ID will recieve a 50% discount
Voices from the 11th Floor will also be on sale at the conference (taxes exempted for cash purchases)

For detailed information, including a list of speakers, workshops, and guest facilitators, visit From Pen to Published via The Soap Box website.