Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 13:00-16:00
Workshop: Festival

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

    Brian Francis’ most recent novel, 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 named one of Amazon’s “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime.” He is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and writes a monthly advice column, The Agony Editor, for Quill & Quire magazine. Follow him on Twitter @briantfrancis

  • 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.