Events & Appearances

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Elora Writers’ Festival, Elora, Ontario, 1-4 pm.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Speaking at Probus Newmarket Strawberry Social Meeting

Past Events

Sunday June 1, 2014  – Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books & Brunch Toronto, 10 am.

Sunday July 20, 2014 – Plasticine Poetry (and fiction!) Series, Pauper’s Pub, Toronto, 6:30 pm

Friday July 25, 2014 – Paul Quarrington Humour Showcase, Leacock Summer Festival, Lakehead University Commons, Orillia, Ontario 9 pm

September 12 – 14 – Eden Mills Writers Festival, Eden Mills, Ontario

Sunday September 21, 2104 – Toronto Word on the Street Festival, Queen’s Park, Toronto

– Signing at the Dundurn Press booth from 12PM – 12:30 PM

–  Reading at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

– Speaking at the Wordshop Marquee from 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM with Joe Kertes and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer at a panel discussion called From Lightbulb Idea to Full-Length Novel: How to Get from Page One to the End

– Assessing first pages submitted by festival goers  at the Wordshop Marquee  from 5:00 PM – 5:45PM at a talk called  How Does It Look? — Making a Good First Impression in Prose

Friday September 26, 2014 – Kingston Writersfest, Kingston, Ontario

Saturday September 27, 2014 – Heritage Toronto Hidden Treasures in North Rosedale Walking Tour, 1 pm, Toronto

October 17-19, 2014 – Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, Whistler, B.C.

Saturday November 15-16, 2014 – Toronto International Book Fair, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto




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Wording in the Street

Come one, come all to the Humber School for Writers Wordshop Marquee Tent at Toronto’s Word on the Street festival on Sunday September 22nd, and hear free informative lectures on a variety of topics of interest to aspiring and experienced writers. I will be hosting a discussion about humour writing at 1 pm, and another about self-promotion at 5 pm, and at 3 pm I will be doing flash assessments of first pages submitted by festival visitors, along with publisher Jack David (ECW Press) and editor Janice Zawerbny (House of Anansi). See you there!

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On Sunday June 16, I will be in Barrie giving a mini-workshop on Beginnings (at 10 am) and doing flash assessments of first pages of manuscripts submitted by participants (over brunch! which begins at 11:30) during the June meeting of the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County, held at the Lions Gate Banquet Hall at 386 Blake Barrie.

For more info click here and to register for the workshop and the brunch/talk, click here.

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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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