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The Writer’s Toolkit: Improving Your Writing

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:30am-12:30pm
Harbourfront Centre
Courses & workshops: Learning
Participants: Nita Pronovost

Your writing is good, but how do you make it great? In this intensive workshop, bestselling novelist Brian Francis and Simon & Schuster Editorial Director 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 get your writing noticed by industry professionals.


What past participants have said:

“Best investment in my writing this year.”

“Thanks again for such an informative session.”

“Very helpful.”

Book Bash: Canadian Children’s Literature Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:00pm-4:00pm
Harbourfront Centre
Special Event: Young Readers
Participants: Kingdom of Birds, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Elise Gravel, Rukhsana Khan, Thao Lam, JonArno Lawson, Ruth Ohi, Kenneth Oppel, Applefun Puppetry, Sydney Smith… (2 others)

16 Book Bash logoIFOA welcomes Toronto Public Library’s Book Bash to Harbourfront Centre! Families are invited to join us for a free, fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, music, writing and illustrating workshops and demos, tech fun, puppet shows, theatre, magic, and author signings.

Book Bash, a celebration of children’s literacy and the joy of reading, is thrilled to welcome some of Canada’s most renowned children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

Check out a detailed schedule of the day here.

Made possible by Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund for Canadian Children’s Literature at the Toronto Public Library Foundation.


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The Modern Self

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace
Reading: Festival
Participants: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, David Szalay, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Join debut and established authors, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, David Szalay and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan as they read from their new novels. The readings will be followed by an audience Q&A.

IFOA Stratford

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Knox Presbyterian Church
Reading/Round Table: Lit On Tour
Participants: Dionne Brand, Joseph Kertes, Mark Medley, Michael Winter

IFOA Stratford welcomes distinguished writers, Dionne Brand, Joseph Kertes and Michael Winter, in this exciting round table where they will discuss their latest books with The Globe and Mail‘s book editor Mark Medley.

To book your tickets, please click here!

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Ways of Enduring

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace
Round table: Festival
Participants: Sharon Butala, James Grainger, Alexander Maksik, Charlotte Wood

Sharon Butala, Alexander Maksik and Charlotte Wood share stories of women’s courage, perseverance and the various characteristics that make us human. The round table will be hosted by James Grainger and moderated by Jessica Wyman.

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