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Improving Your Writing

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Harbourfront Centre
Courses & workshops: Learning

PencilsYour writing is good, but how do you make it great? In this intensive one-day workshop, bestselling novelist Brian Francis and Doubleday Canada senior editor Nita Pronovost give you the insider tips and tools to take your fiction writing to the next level. The workshop will cover:

  • Beats in fiction
  • Characterization and exposition
  • Finding your voice
  • Avoiding unintentional repetition
  • Points of view
  • Showing, not telling
  • Style and sophistication
  • The role of an editor
  • The acquisition process
  • Book genres
  • The importance of story structure
  • Improving your prose

At the end of the session, you’ll have valuable insight that will not only help you become a better writer, but also help you get your writing noticed by industry professionals.

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.

About instructor Nita Pronovost:

Nita Pronovost is a senior editor at Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada. She works on a range of fiction and non-fiction that includes celebrity memoirs, thrillers and mysteries, historical fiction and women’s commercial novels. Her bestselling author list includes Roberta Rich, Eva Stachniak, Joy Fielding, Linwood Barclay, Kevin O’Leary and Russell Peters.


What past participants have said:

“Best investment in my writing this year.”

“Thanks again for such an informative session.”

“Very helpful.”


In Conversation with Roch Carrier

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Author appearance, Interview, Reading: Festival
Participants: Roch Carrier

Roch Carrier, one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers and the author of the well-known classic The Hockey Sweater, discusses Montcalm and Wolfe, his new dual biography of the two generals and their famous battle on the Plains of Abraham. He will be interviewed by historical fiction writer C.C. Humphreys.

ROUND TABLE – Globalization + Literature: Breaking Down Barriers

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Lakeside Terrace
Author appearance, Round table: Festival
Participants: Jonas T. Bengtsson, Andrej Blatnik, Drago Jančar, Martin Solotruk

Three international authors discuss how the translation of their work into English has unlocked a universal audience that was unattainable in their native language. Martin Solotruk will host.

This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Studio Theatre
Artist Talk, Author appearance, Special Event: Festival
Participants: John Boyne

Author John Boyne discusses his creative process and some of the unique challenges and opportunities that writing and publishing present today. Steven W. Beattie hosts.

IFOA Windsor: Louise Welsh

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre
Author appearance, Interview, Reading: Lit On Tour

Scottish thriller writer Louise Welsh will be presenting her latest literary suspense fiction and first “outbreak” in the Plague Times trilogy, A Lovely Way to Burn, on October 25, 2014 at 1pm at the Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre. Ted Shaw, arts and entertainment columnist for the Windsor Star, will host and interview.

Tickets for this event, in partnership with BookFest Windsor, are $20 ($5 for students) for a day pass, which includes an Alistair MacLeod tribute, as well as writing workshops and panels.

For more details, click here.

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