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Friday, October 27

IFOA Markham

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Markham Village Branch, Markham Public Library
Reading: Litontour
Participants: Janie Chang, Farzana Doctor, Shawn Hitchins

IFOA Markham welcomes authors Janie Chang, Farzana Doctor and Shawn Hitchins! Do not miss the opportunity to hear them read live from their latest works.

Tickets go on sale on September 16th!

This event is presented in partnership with:

blue-heron-books markham-public-library

Saturday, October 28

IFOA Bayfield

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Red Pump Restaurant & Inn
Reading/ Interview: Litontour
Participants: Frances Itani, Andy McGuire, Diane Schoemperlen

IFOA Bayfield welcomes distinguished Canadian authors Frances Itani and Diane Schoemperlen. They will be reading from their latest work and interviewed by fellow author Andy McGuire.

Brunch will be served and tickets will go on sale on September 16th!


This event is presented in partnership with:

the-red-pump-inn the-village-bookshop



In Conversation: Wayne Johnston & Linda Spalding

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Interview: IFOA
Participants: David Bradford, Wayne Johnston, Linda Spalding

New York Times reporter, Ian Austen, interviews Wayne Johnston and Linda Spalding about their literary career. Hosted by David Bradford.

Tickets go on sale on September 16th.

The New York Times subscribers get a 50% discount to this event with promo code!

Presented in partnership with the New York Times.





Held in Suspense

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Roundtable: IFOA
Participants: K. J Howe, Joseph Kertes, Shoilee Khan, Grace O'Connell, Andrew Pyper

What do The Freedom Broker, Be Ready For The Lighting and The Only Child have in common? The excitement of uncertainty. K.J Howe, Grace O’Connell and Andrew Pyper discuss the psychology of suspense with Joseph Kertes. Hosted by Shoilee Khan.

Improving Your Writing

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 13:00-16:00
Harbourfront Centre Boardroom
Workshop: IFOA
Participants: Brian Francis, 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.”



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