Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 13:00-16:00
: Festivals

Harbourfront Centre Boardroom

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $99

Your writing is good, but how do you make it great? In this intensive workshop, bestselling novelist Brian Francis and Simon & Schuster Editorial Director Nita Pronovost give you the insider tips and tools to take your fiction writing to the next level.

The workshop will cover:

  • Beats in fiction
  • Characterization and exposition
  • Finding your voice
  • Avoiding unintentional repetition
  • Points of view
  • Showing, not telling
  • Style and sophistication
  • The role of an editor
  • The acquisition process
  • Book genres
  • The importance of story structure
  • Improving your prose

At the end of the session, you’ll have valuable insight that will not only help you become a better writer, but also help get your writing noticed by industry professionals.

What past participants have said:

“Best investment in my writing this year.”
“Thanks again for such an informative session.”
“Very helpful.”


This workshop is sold out! Thank you for registering.


  • Brian Francis headshot. Photo credit Samuel Engelking.

    Brian Francis

    Brian Francis is the author of two previous novels. His most recent, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo, and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of the Year. His first novel, Fruit, was a Canada Reads finalist and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title. He lives in Toronto.

  • Nita Pronovost

    Nita Pronovost joined Simon & Schuster Canada as Editorial Director in February 2015 before becoming Vice President in April 2016. Prior to that, she worked for six years as a Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada, acquiring and editing fiction, non-fiction and celebrity-driven titles, including eight #1 national bestsellers in three years. Recent bestselling successes include Amy Stuart’s Still Mine, Jody Mitic’s Unflinching and Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Follow her on Twitter @nitaprose.