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July 2017

Being, Doing, Becoming – The Heroic Flaw and The Heroic Journey

July 8 @ 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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A Workshop by Alicia Rasley Summer Series on Character - Part 2 Nature abhors perfection– and so does the story. Fiction, like nature, is all about change. So in a story, heroism requires more than being perfectly heroic, and even more than committing heroic acts. It also requires the ability to change under pressure, to grow into someone better even if it hurts. In the same way, creating a heroic character requires more of the author than merely creating a…

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August 2017

The Villain’s Journey with Allison Brennan

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 Canada
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Summer Series on Character - Part 3 Christopher Vogler said, "The villain is the hero of his own journey." Building off that premise, Allison Brennan will discuss how to create a compelling villain or antagonist to make your hero shine. Learn how to avoid stereotypes and two-dimensional villains and identify common pitfalls in thrillers and romantic suspense. BONUS! Taking what you learn about crafting a compelling villain, Allison will discuss balancing the romantic suspense triangle and how to avoid "too…

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September 2017

Scene Stealers: Secrets To Structuring Powerful Scenes with Barbara Kyle

September 9 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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MASTER CLASS Every compelling novel is crafted around a handful of “big scenes," and this workshop focuses on mastering techniques to help you build maximum power in your story's pivotal scenes: the inciting incident, the reversals, the turning points, and the climax. You'll learn hands-on specifics of how to "turn" a scene around your characters' desires and actions to yield the richest drama. Plus, an interactive session on "Making an Entrance" shows how to craft the most dynamic introductory scene for your…

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October 2017

Applying Cinematic Techniques to Craft Powerful Prose

October 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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"A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking." - Wikipedia   Unlike a movie director, who works with a team of professionals, the prose writer takes on all the creative roles in their project -- from producer and cinematographer, to costumes, sets,…

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November 2017

The Basics of Graphic Design for Authors

November 11 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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Eye-catching graphic design is a great way to snag your reader's attention when they're scrolling through their social media feed. Whether it's with a Facebook or Twitter banner, a quote card from your latest book, or a header for your newsletter, the right graphic design can strengthen your author brand and help you put your best foot forward. But paying a graphic designer can be extremely expensive. Stefanie London will help you navigate the basics of graphic design so you…

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