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May 2018

Romancing the Beat with Gwen Hayes

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N9 Canada
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Whether you are a plotter or a pantser, in writing or revisions, Romancing the Beat Workshop can help you nail the romance arc of your book. Come armed with a pen or pencil and one of the following: a general story idea you’re percolating, a story you’re revising or currently writing, or a blank slate ready for your new, next great idea. This all-day intensive workshop will be a blend of lecture, writing exercises, and workshopping/brainstorming. (As an introvert herself,…

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June 2018

3-Step Sneaky Synopsis

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Your story is 50,000+ words, crafted, honed, and polished. Now you want to send it out on the contest circuit or off to the hands of an agent or editor. You need to attach the dreaded synopsis. But how do you distill all those words to less than 1,000 for a synopsis? Your homework assignment is: Open your work in progress (or any fiction book project, really) and add one sentence, maximum 20 words, to the beginning of each scene…

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July 2018

NAVIGATING THE INDIE PUBLISHING LANDSCAPE

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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“Well, I’ve self-published my book. Now what?!” That’s what most writers end up asking themselves once they click the publish button. It’s not enough to just hope readers will somehow find your book. Even a masterpiece could drown in the growing sea of online content! But there are many things you can do to give your book the greatest chance of success, from editing and formatting, through planning an effective launch, to marketing and advertising. You need to learn how…

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August 2018

Published Author Panel

August 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Join us for an afternoon when several of our best-selling authors will host a lively, interactive panel discussion on all things romance writing followed by a Q and A session. Come armed with your questions. The fabulous Amy Ruttan will be hosting!

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September 2018

Northern Hearts Conference

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street
Toronto, M2N 5W4 Canada
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Northern Hearts Conference September 22, 2018 North York Civic Centre, Toronto This one-day jam-packed event will include up to 15 workshops for writers of every experience level, as well as a super Master Class by accomplished, NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. We will also be having a fabulous gala dinner at the end of the day, which will include a keynote speech by the talented USA Today bestselling author Molly O’Keefe, and an awards ceremony recognizing the winners of our…

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October 2018

Subtext in Dialogue

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Discover a variety of methods to communicate subtext with dialogue.  Through a series of on-the-spot writing exercises and actual samples of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, this 3-hour workshop covers: * Why Dialogue requires Subtext; *  Its 3-part Structure; *  The 5 Basic Plots that automatically deliver Subtext; *  The Language Patterns (and figures-of-speech) that will cause your Reader to instantly experience deeper meaning; and * The 15 Techniques (aka “pointers”) used by screenwriters to avoid on-the-nose…

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November 2018

Smarter, Stronger Storyteller

November 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Through the eyes of a writer turned filmmaker, Smarter, Stronger Storyteller shows authors how to translate filmmaking techniques to the written page and use those tricks of the Hollywood trade to enhance every scene from set up to the cliffhanger. Founder and former host of Prana Presents, a venue for poetry and prose readings in Toronto's trendy Beaches, Sherry Isaac's novels have earned several women's fiction accolades and her short, The Forgetting, took the Alice Munro Award in 2009. Upon graduating from Toronto Film…

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December 2018

December Social

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library – Room 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Members Only Our annual social event, where TRW members have a chance to chat with one another at our potluck.

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February 2019

Theme and Motif: Work Smarter, Not Harder

February 9, 2019 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

All the stories we tell have meanings that are both personal to us, the storytellers, and global to our readers. This workshop looks at ways to find deeper meanings in the stories you want to write, and ways to use those meanings—the themes—to keep your stories on track, consistent and inevitable, but not predictable. Motifs are those story elements that embed themselves in stories—Birds? Travel? Mountains? Lakes and rivers? Gems? Songs? Activities?—that enrich stories by bringing their metaphoric values to…

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May 2019

Using Motivation to Plot Your Next Book

May 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Every writer knows the importance of their character’s motivation. After all, that driving force is at the very heart of Goal-Motivation-Conflict. But sometimes finding the right motivation can be tricky, especially when creating a character you want readers to find fascinating not only on Page 1, but all the way through to The End. (read more) That’s where plotting via motivation comes in handy. Learn to choose a motivation you can actually put to work in creating a true-to-life character…

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