When you're first starting out in a field or when you're learning something completely new, it's almost as if you're stumbling around in the dark. You don't know what's out there, you don't know what questions to ask, you don't know where to get information.
Throughout the whole experience of completing my first manuscript, shopping it around, landing a contract, and having "Blood and Groom" published, I have been on one helluva learning curve! I am amazed at all the things I didn't know, and at all the resources available.
A great starting point to get a ton of information is with the Writers' Union of Canada. Their webpage has links about festivals, writing organizations, residencies and so on. Check it out at: http://www.writersunion.ca/lk_main.asp
Another equally valuable resource is the Writers' Trust of Canada. It also has information on and links to events, contests, and other items of interest to writers. Check it out at: http://www.writerstrust.com/links.html