In person only. Join author Thomas Olde Heuvelt for insight into how one writer from outside the US built a successful writing career, and tips on how you can, too. Topics will include finding the right people for your team, making bold strokes to fulfill your dreams, finding innovative ways to thin
In Person Only We’re in a new world. The collision of the web with the urgency of the pandemic has seen an explosion in opportunities for writers to present their work to audiences in many different contexts. Virtual panel discussions, public readings, podcasts and more offer writers a chance
In Person Only The youngest of readers interact with picture books in very physical ways—and we’re not just talking about chewing the cardboard or ripping out pages! We’ll consider how interactive elements, line breaks, page turns, and other techniques enhance the reading experience, focusing
In Person Only To paraphrase Wayne Gretzky, you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take—and that’s just as true in hockey as it is when you’re sending your work to magazines in hopes of publication. In this session, we’ll share resources for finding the right markets for your
In Person Only Place is a particular kind of setting. In this workshop, we will talk about place from an Indigenous perspective, one of relation and reciprocity to the land. What are the geographical, environmental, political, and human forces that shape the places your writing inhabits, and how doe
In Person Only Have you been motivated by all you’re learning to get words on paper, but need to get out of your own way? Join Nhung Tran-Davies for a series of writing prompts and ten-minute sprints to help shake things loose and get words on paper. This session is all about writing, so come
In Person Only Join writer Nhung Tran-Davies for an overview of how picture books are playing important roles in social change. Nhung will also guide you through the process of writing and publishing picture books.
In Person Only Our own lives and memories overflow with powerful raw material in which we can find new story ideas, interesting characters and relationships, vivid settings, and the seeds of engaging stories. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for using life writing (personal writing which
In Person Only Want to make your words sing? Award-winning author Darren Groth can help turn your one-note prose into beautiful music. In this lively and interactive workshop, Groth will explore examples of elegant writing in both literary and commercial works, provide the three ‘A’s of beautifu
In Person Only Effectively generating suspense is the driving force of almost any book, no matter what the genre. It’s essential to keep your readers turning the pages. In this class you’ll learn the elements of suspense. And you’ll get the tips and tricks for ways to weave it into
In Person Only The heart of the lyric essay leaps with poetic cadence. Authors John D’Agata and Deborah Tall explain that this hybrid form “takes from the prose poem in its density and shapeliness, its distillation of ideas and musicality of language.” In this Lyric Essay workshop, we&
In Person Only Whether you need to work on your 10,000 hours towards mastery or continue beyond to explore and hone new skills, the core of a writing practice is sitting down to put words on a page with an eye to refinement. In this Daily Writing Practices workshop, we’ll look at some of the [
In Person Only Join nonfiction children’s book editor Kirstie Hudson to find out how to turn your book concept into a great pitch. She shares tips and advice about how to hook an editor, what not to include and how to make your idea stand out in the slush pile.
In Person Only Using tools like outlining and synopses in new ways, learn how to better visualize your novel’s pacing and structure to make it an even more engaging read. We will discuss how to group the action by section, character and theme to better identify weak spots and under-utilized co
In Person Only It happens to every writer: One day you’re happily drafting your story and the next, it feels like you’ve run into a brick wall or gotten completely lost in a tangled forest of your own making. Don’t despair! In this session, we’ll discuss some useful techniques for getting un
Virtual and Recorded No one reads a thriller about the pleasant people of pleasantville to whom nothing unpleasant happens. Monstrous villains, all-or-nothing conflict, and relentless tension turn pages. Learn how to craft roller-coaster fiction.
In Person Only Visual imagery is often helpful as a starting place when describing characters or setting, but have you ever considered using your real-life experiences to add sensory depth to your fiction? Join bestselling author kc dyer as she unpacks the mysterious something extra that comes from
In Person Only Podcasts are everywhere. Writers, editors, agents use them to share their work, inform and entertain their audiences, and increase their reputations in a world where more and more readers find their favourite books online. You can do it, too. This session will take you through the sim
In Person Only We’ve talked about bad guys in the past, but what if the problem is coming from inside? Conflict is critical to a story, but often the biggest hurdle to reaching our goals is our own internal conflict. Bring your notebook and pen and get ready to write as we explore the purpose [&he