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November 2016

The Smarter Author with Jane Friedman

November 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North York Memorial Hall – Burgundy Room, 5110 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5V7 Canada
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Morning Session 9:00-12:00 How do some people build fulfilling careers where they seem to call all the shots? Why do some writers and artists make a living through their work or following their passion, while others don’t? In a time of great disruption across many creative industries, we’re all looking for the next formula, trying to identify what the next model will be. The truth is, there’s not one answer that will work for everyone. But there is a pattern…

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December 2016

Holiday Social

December 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Toronto City Hall, Members Lounge, 2nd Floor, City Hall 100 Queen St. West Toronto ON M5H 2N2 (NE corner of Queen St & Bay St) + Google Map

This year's holiday social will be held at Toronto City Hall in the Members' Lounge where we'll enjoy a beautiful view of Nathan Phillips Square. NOTE: This event is for Members only. For information on becoming a member, visit our Membership page.

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January 2017

Romance 101

January 14 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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with Mary Sullivan, Wanda Ottewell, Molly O'Keefe and Pamela Hopkins MORNING SESSION Beginnings and Corners with Mary Sullivan and Wanda Ottewell This two-hour craft workshop will discuss two craft essentials: where to begin a story and how to write yourself out of story corner. PART ONE: From the Beginning—Craft Tips On Where to Open Your Story The opening of a story can captivate a reader, or make her put the book aside in search of more engaging entertainment. But where…

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February 2017

Pre-Writing:  From “Idea” for a Novel to High-Concept

February 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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A Workshop with Andrew Pyper The most important sentence you'll ever conceive for your novel ‎is one that will never appear in the text itself: the story's logline, or a compressed expression of what the book is "about." Sounds simple? When tested and applied to story structures, it in fact proves to be the most challenging - and overlooked - aspect of the entire process. This workshop will take "ideas for a novel" through the pre-writing steps that will strengthen the…

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March 2017

Critique Meeting 2017

March 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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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 2017

A Full Day Workshop with Nika Rylski

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North York Memorial Hall – Burgundy Room, 5110 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5V7 Canada
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 MORNING SESSION 3-ACT Plotting Workshop Learn how to apply classic screenplay structuring techniques to turn your prose fiction plot into a page-turner no one will be able to resist. ***** AFTERNOON SESSION Make with the Funny Can romance novels be funny?  Comedic techniques revealed.  Plus: What's your comedic temperament?  A writing exercise that reveals your comedic bent - and suggests what kind of comedy writing would best suit your story.   Nika Rylski, known as the Screenwriters "Secret WMD" is…

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May 2017

An Introduction to Writing from the Core

May 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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A Workshop with Vicki Pinkerton Writing is a fine form of self expression and a place to become clear about self. It is also a great place to ‘play,’ and explore imagination. It develops portions of the brain that are not frequently used and can help us process events in our lives but most of all, it helps us communicate. Most writers are not especially gifted, they are simply people who write. As readers we are moved by authors who…

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June 2017

Understanding Personality, Perception, and Human Behaviour with Peter Smyth, Psychologist

June 10 @ 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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Summer Series on Character - Part 1 Drawing on decades of experience in psychology and personal assessments, Peter will facilitate a discussion for authors on how you can use personality types to build 3-D characters. Each individual's unique combination of personality traits impacts how they react to situations, interact with others and make decisions. Understanding how various aspects of personality can impact a person's behaviour can help authors build characters that are recognizable, real and truly human.   Peter J.…

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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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