How We Write Event @IFOA

On Sunday October 28, 2012 at 11 am, I’ll be hosting a roundtable event on behalf of the Humber School for Writers at the International Festival of Authors, at Harbourfront Centre, in Toronto.

The event is called “How We Write” and features authors Richard Scrimger, Eva Stachniak and me talking about the craft of writing fiction. Come on down, and find out (in just over an hour!) how we approach story and novel writing from start to finish.

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Word. On the Street. This Sunday.

This Sunday, September 23, 2012, I’ll be repping the Humber School for Writers at the Wordshop Marquee at Toronto’s Word on the Street festival. At 2 p.m. ECW’s Jack David and I will be doing on-the-spot flash assessments of manuscript first pages in a session called “How Am I Doing So Far.” At 3 p.m., I’ll be hosting Cynthia Good’s talk, “The Insider’s Guide: How to Get Published in Perilous Times” and at 4 p.m. I’ll host Greg Ioannou (Iguana Books) and Luba Lesychyn (author of Theft by Chocolate, in the “Straight to E-Book” session.

Rain or shine, see you there! The Wordshop Marquee will be located on Queen’s Park Crescent East between Wellesley and St. Joseph. The full lineup of the marquee’s events can be seen here.

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Lakefield Literary Festival

On Friday July 20, 2012, I’ll be hosting an event called “Shifting Tides of History” at the Lakefield Literary Festival in lovely Lakefield, Ontario.

Acclaimed Canadian authors Frances Itani (Requiem) and Steven Heighton (The Dead Are More Visible will read from their works and I’ll lead a discussion with them about common themes in their writing and other exciting subjects yet to be revealed.

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Emily and TPL’s Book Buzz

My novel The Restoration of Emily is the featured book for June at Book Buzz, the Toronto Public Library’s Virtual Book Club. Join the discussion – about the writing process, frozen shoulders, and architectural metaphors – here.

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At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday June 2, 2012, I will be leading a special Grey Cup 100th Anniversary Edition of the free Heritage Toronto “Hidden Treasures in North Rosedale” walking tour.

In honour of this year’s 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup, special guest Michael Januska, author of the forthcoming history book Grey Cup Century (Dundurn) will address the group about the 1st Grey Cup game, played in 1909 between teams from the University of Toronto and the Parkdale Canoe Club at Rosedale Field, now Rosedale Park, pictured here adorned by a football team from St. Andrew’s College school, which bordered the park back in the day.

For more fun, historical facts about this site and others on the tour, join my co-leader Ed Freeman and me at 1:30 pm on Saturday June 2, at the southeast corner of Beaumont Road and Glen Road in North Rosedale.

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