Thursday, October 31, 2019 - All Day
Conference: Festivals

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8



Young writers in Toronto are striving to tell their truths, exercise their imaginations and hone their craft. This conference helps young writers thrive by connecting them to the community of established writers working in Toronto and beyond, who offer lessons learned from their experience and assistance developing new skills.

This event is at capacity.

Presented by the Toronto Council of Teachers of English and the Toronto District School Board.

Toronto District School Board


  • Ann Y.K. Choi

    Originally from South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. The story, set in the 1980s, was inspired by her experiences working in her family-run variety store. A teacher with the York Region District School Board, Ann lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter. Photo Credit: John Burridge

  • Natasha Deen

    Award-winning author Natasha Deen spent the first part of her life in Guyana, then her family moved to Calgary, Alberta, which she found terribly exciting until her first minus-forty-degree winter day, at which point she began to question the sanity of the grown-ups around her. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, dogs and cats, and regularly entices the muses to her office with offers of cupcakes and tea.

  • 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.

  • Michael Winter

    Michael Winter is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including The Architects are Here, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Death of Donna Whalen, which was nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He is also the recipient of the Writers' Trust Notable Author Award. Winter presents his non-fiction debut, Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead, a uniquely gripping account of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who were all but annihilated 100 years ago during the Battle of the Somme in World War I.