2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference!

It’s almost time for the REGISTRATIONS to open for the April 30th Ontario Writers’ Conference! Why am I so excited? I am looking after registrations this year! Also, I know how abfab the event is going to be. I’ve been seeing it take shape behind the curtain and it’s looking absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to see how this one unfolds!

We are a volunteer committee of 9 members and we really work hard to pull together a great conference experience for those attending. The Ontario Writers’ Conference is a non-profit entity. We do this for the love of writing and for the love of writers. Bottom line, we want our attendees to have a great time and take home a wealth of knowledge that they can later translate into writerly success! That’s what it’s all about.


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS – From November 1st, 2010 to December 15th, 2010.

Some of the line-up:

ROBERT J. WIERSEMA will be teaching a workshop and he will also be our Keynote Dinner Speaker! Mr. Wiersema will be facilitating Slaying Your Darlings – Pushing People’s Buttons: Sometimes keeping the momentum going necessitates driving your story off a cliff! Learn how to push the reader’s buttons to keep them turning those pages.

RAY ROBERTSON will be facilitating the workshop Thou Shalt Not Tell: “Showing” is the foundation of all good writing with an active voice and ample use of all five senses. Exercises and examples will help you hone your craft and bring your writing to life in a whole new manner.

WAYSON CHOY, who is our honorary patron, will be facilitating a workshop this year! Mr. Choy will be facilitating Risky Business – Telling the Story You’re Dying To Tell No Matter What People Think: Who better than acclaimed Canadian author Wayson Choy to use dying, story and “what people think” in the same sentence! He’ll share experiences from his own life and how he turned this into great reading.

Genre Buffet Roundtable (Ziana de Bethune (Horror-Fantasy) | Chevon Gael (Erotic-Romance) | Neil Crone (Humour) | Barbara Fradkin (Mystery) ): Often wondered about writing in a different genre or not know what to do with strange characters that showed up in your head? This is your opportunity to question and discuss erotic-romance, horror-fantasy, humour or mystery with four successful Canadian writers in their fields.

Delayed Gratification – How to Build Suspense facilitated by Annette McLeod : Put a character up a tree. Add a thunderstorm. Then a villain with a chainsaw. Get the point? Learn how to create intensity, build suspense and keep momentum going to the bitter end.

And that’s just a fraction of our wonderful 2011 line-up. For a more comprehensive list, check out the Workshop/Presentation Descriptions

Check out the day’s SCHEDULE
REGISTRATION PAGE will go live on November 1st. Workshops are first come, first serve. Register early to guarantee your workshops!

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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