Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Stop by the Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre for a day of writing workshops covering craft and career strategy for aspiring writers featuring the esteemed faculty of the Humber School for Writers.

What Agents Seek

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
If you knew what they wanted, would you write it? To put it another way, will a literary agent want what you have written? Hear about the reality from two of Canada’s top agents.

140 Characters or Else: Being an Author in the Age of Social Media

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
If a book is written and no one tweets about it, does it exist?  Do authors need to be on Instagram and should they be amassing friends on Facebook as part of their writerly pursuits? Is social media a necessary…

How Not to Get Published

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Thinking of dropping your manuscript into the backpack of an editor as she waits for her morning coffee at Starbucks? Slipping it under her door at night? Does your failsafe approach include typing in capitals only or sending hard copy…

Skeletons in the Closet – What to Tell in Memoir

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Will your mother never speak to you again if you talk about her old boyfriend? What are the limits in memoir? Will it be truth or lies, or a blend of both? Find out from two fiction writers who have…

The World of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Canadians are increasingly writing and reading in these three genres, and they are particularly compelling to younger audiences. What do you need to know to work in the field? Find out from an agent, writer, and editor just what it…

First Page Challenge

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
First impressions are fantastically important in a publishing house. Overworked editors make snap decisions right from the first few words, sentences, and paragraphs they see on page one. So how does the first page or your prose stack up? Would…


5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Everyone wants to publish and everyone hopes that the books will be bestsellers, but why are those so hard to make? What does it take? Learn the details from a bestselling author and from her agent, who has represented other…