Our workshops and writer sessions provide readers with a unique experience. Each of the sessions brings a writer and a group of readers together for a couple of hours to discuss the writing process in an informal and intimate atmosphere. Join us as we explore and delve into the world of the writer.
Saturday, October 1, 1:00-3:00pm
Leslie Vryenhoek – Overcoming the Fear of Writing Too Close to Home
Writers can be plagued, even paralyzed, by the fear that someone dear will be offended by a character or event that feels too close to home—even if it’s fictionalized (and especially when it’s not). This workshop will explore the issues around plundering from real life, the possibilities for disguise, how readers see themselves in unexpected ways, and why creative writing shouldn’t be used as family therapy. Exercises will explore the reasons behind our reluctance and offer practical advice for pushing past the fear to write unguardedly.
Terry Fallis – Outlining Your Novel
Terry Fallis is a Canadian writer and public relations consultant. In this workshop Terry will walk you through his writing process. Terry’s approach involves mapping out and thoroughly outlining a novel before ever writing a word in the manuscript.
Kevin Sylvester – Grabbing and Keeping your Audience
Kevin has made a lot of dumb (i.e., boring) mistakes over his career, learned from them, and now he’ll pass that learning along to you. Selling your books is (get used to it) more and more about selling yourself. Kevin shows how having a story arc and using humour have changed his presentations for the better.
Russell Wangersky – Openings
Many writers spend their opening sentences framing up the characters who will appear throughout the work and the circumstances they find themselves in, without taking the essential step of planning how to draw their readers in and capture them quickly. Wangersky will look at openings that work, some that don’t, and will explore the possibilities with an in-workshop writing exercise designed to get writers thinking about grabbing their readers fast and refusing to let them go.
Sarah Mian – Making It
Lean in as novelist Sarah Mian tells the story of how she “made it”–at least halfway. Mian spent decades stockpiling rejection letters, small victories and reams of trial-and-error wisdom. In this workshop, she’ll impart all the advice she wished she’d been given starting out, as well as practical tips to persevering at that manuscript. Ideal for beginning writers, novice writers, stuck writers, writers with day jobs, and writers who don’t yet know how to call themselves writers.
Christy Ann Conlin – How To Stop Talking and Start Writing
This two hour workshop is designed to help you make that critical leap from just talking about writing to actually putting words on the page. Designed for new writers or established writers who have lost their writing groove, we will look at how to make room for writing in the midst of a busy life. We’ll address practicalities such as a writing space and a writing routine, as well as
learning some quick and dirty writing warm ups and writing exercises, all exploring sensory & descriptive writing, character, voice and sense of place. This power workshop is adapted from my online writing course which I’ve taught at the University of Toronto for ten years.
To register for a workshop please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
indicating your choice. Space is limited in each session.