7:30 – 8:45am Late Registration
8:45 – 10:00am – Keynote Speakers: Deborah Dundas from the Toronto Star
Deborah Dundas is an editor at the Toronto Star and has been contributing reviews here and to other publications for more than 18 years.
10:00 – 10:15am Break
10:15 – 12:00 Breakout Session – Brian Henry: Point of View and Pacing
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch – Keynote Speakers: Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski
Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski is the author of the national award-winning humor book “Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box.” She created and writes the award-winning humor column, “Wojo’s World,” and has written and performed stand-up comedy since she was 18—so the past five years. (Hey, stop laughing!) She also loves saying “award-winning.” In addition, Wojo has served on the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, moderated and spoken on panels about humor at the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference, and has given countless talks about adding humor to your life to business associations, fraternal organizations, and networking groups.
Wojo’s writing has appeared in Discover, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Country Woman, Boys’ Life, the LA Times Magazine, Discover Life, Energy Times, Parade, Vanity Fair online, the PBS website Next Avenue, Forbes.com, BaltimoreSun.com, as well as in many other publications and websites. She has appeared on television, radio, podcasts, and in newspapers speaking about everything from how moving can be hilarious instead of a nightmare to returning a book to the library that was 34 years overdue. Oops…
2:00 – 3:15pm – Keynote Speakers: Brian Henry
Oh the query, the query, the query! UGH and the synopsis – a writer’s bane of existence! Brian with his incredible skills knows how to make our attempts less painful. Join him in a lively interaction and learn how to turn that query and synopsis into a useful tool in getting your manuscript to pop out and make that agent want to find a publisher for your script!
This will also be the time our Stand-up Comedians will meet with Michele to work on their four minute routine. Break a leg gang!
3:15 – 3:30pm Break
3:30 – 4:45pm Panel Discussion: How it Works Author to Editor to Agent to Publisher
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Dinner – Keynote Speakers: Daniel Pyper and Nick Cutter
Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including the forthcoming THE ONLY CHILD (to be published June, 2017 by S&S in the US and Canada, and by Orion in the UK). Among his previous books, THE DEMONOLOGIST won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. LOST GIRLS won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and is being developed for television by Lin Pictures and Warner Bros TV with Pyper acting as Creator and Executive Producer. Two of Pyper’s novels, THE DEMONOLOGIST and THE DAMNED, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto. Visit andrewpyper.com.
Craig Davidson is a Canadian author of short stories and novels, who has published work under both his own name and the pen names Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter. His style has been compared to that of Chuck Palahniuk. He is also Nick Cutter! Here’s what Lara Marie Schonenhals had to say about Nick…er…Craig: “Nick Cutter will scare the shit out of you like Stephen King never did!” If you’ve read THE TROOP you know what she’s talking about!
8:30pm – 10:00pm Comedy Night!
Come give your support for our brave souls and their Stand Up Routines! Some of them are doing this for the first time! This merry band of fearless individuals will be led by the fabulous: Michele Wojciechowski !