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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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January 2018

Romance 101

January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
TBA, Ontario + Google Map

  Morning Session - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon SO YOU’VE WRITTEN A BOOK…NOW, WHAT? A lively discussion on the next steps. Stacey Donaghy and Sue Miller, Literary agents with Donaghy Literary Group, will join us on January 13, 2018 to discuss query letters from an agent’s perspective- Do’s and Don’ts, what to include (and not include).  They will also provide tips for hooking an agent and discuss the purpose of a query versus a synopsis. As well as, discussing research and preparation prior to…

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February 2018

Going Deep – It’s All in the Details

February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Digging deep into your characters’ points of view is all in the details. Effective use of details can draw in a reader and evoke powerful emotions. This workshop will offer something for all levels, covering the mechanics of POV, in third and first, past and present, and explore the hierarchy of specificity—when to add more vs. when to pull back.   Maureen McGowan is the award-winning author and Amazon bestselling author of two YA series including The Dust Chronicles (Deviants,…

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March 2018

Critique Meeting 2018

March 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY Our annual critique meeting when published members read submissions and lead small genre-specific critique groups for members looking for feedback on their current work in progress. Submission details will be provided to members. For more information about joining TRW, please visit our membership page.

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April 2018

Editing for Indie Authors with Julia Ganis

April 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Who needs an editor? Every writer—from the traditionally-published bestselling author to the newbie just starting out, and everyone in between. Top indie editor Julia Ganis, aka JuliaEdits, will explain how fiction editing works, and show you what you need to know, what to look for and what to avoid on your path to publishing. We’ll talk about the different types of editing, what a good editor can do for you and what she can’t, and the red flags to dodge.…

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