Wednesday, October 01
Wednesday, October 08
Where you’re from, where you’ve been and the places that move you. For writers, place is more than just geography—it’s inspiration, character, politics and history.
We’re talking to three of Canada’s finest writers, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Camilla Gibb and Steven Heighton, about how they write place in their books, and how the places they’ve lived, traveled and written in have affected them.
In an open and casual conversation, these talented authors will talk about writing retreats, the politics of place, travel, place as character and much more, with audience members invited to participate and ask questions or, if you prefer, to just soak up the literary goodness.
This is a relaxed, salon-style environment, moderated by Open Book and CBC Books columnist Becky Toyne. All are welcome, both readers and writers—whether established or aspiring, this will be a conversation no writer should miss!
This is a FREE event—RSVP at the Facebook event page.
Tuesday, October 14
Tuesdays, October 14 to November 18 at 6:30pm (2 hours)
Want to write but not sure where to start? Looking for inspiration or have a great idea for a story? Intro to Creative Writing is the perfect way to jumpstart your creative process and turn your ideas into reality.
This course, taught by bestselling novelist Brian Francis, is specifically designed for emerging and recreational writers wanting to get back into the game of writing or to polish their skills.
Throughout the six-week course, you’ll learn valuable tools and tips, including:
Character Development: Make your characters pop off the page
Dialogue: Find out the secrets of good dialogue
Setting: How does place impact your story?
Plot: Keep your readers glued to the page
Structure: Learn how to layout your story for maximum impact
Endings: Questions you need to answer before wrapping things up
Classes are always fun, intimate and supportive. You’ll also have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates about your writing.
Registrants will also receive a one-year supporter subscription to the IFOA weekly series, or an additional one-year extension to an existing subscription.
About instructor Brian Francis:
Brian Francis’ most recent novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist.
What a past registrant had to say:
I signed up for IFOA’s Intro to Creative Writing course with an idea: to publish a collection of GTA bike stories. The instructor, Brian Francis, was a terrific encourager. Through feedback from both Brian and the class, my stories started taking shape and I began finding my voice. As a result, I’ve gone on to publish my book. This Road Continues One Block North has been featured on Global Television, in The Globe and Mail and a number of other media outlets. The Intro to Creative Writing course gave me the inspiration—and confidence—to pursue my dream of becoming a published author.
– Christine Bruce
Wednesday, October 22
Thursday, October 23
The perfect programme for young book lovers and aspiring writers! YoungIFOA offers students from grades 3 to 8 the opportunity to meet an author at one of our reading/Q&A events, and get creative at a bookplate-making workshop. On October 23, see Robin Stevenson, the winner of this year’s Forest of Reading® Silver Birch® Fiction Award, and authors Renné Benoit and Rebecca Upjohn, winners of this year’s 2014 Silver Birch® Express Award on October 23! Author Evan Munday hosts.
For more information or to reserve tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-973-4760.