Friday November 24, 2017
1:00 to 4:00pm
Audience: fiction and non-fiction writers welcome

Have you ever wished to expand your writing skills, break free of habit and push yourself out of your comfort zone? Catherine Bush, novelist and Coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph, leads a workshop that combines discussion and exercises to engage with three crucial aspects of writing fiction: accessing emotion, paying attention to the world, and working with formal constraints. The goal is to help you go deeper, heighten your technical and perceptual skills, and find the play and liveliness at the heart of writing. It is geared to writers at all stages of their writing practice. Serious discussion enlivened by playful exercises opens writers to ways of writing and thinking about writing that may be new to them.

Catherine Bush is the author of four novels. Her work has been critically acclaimed, published internationally and shortlisted for literary awards. Accusation was one of NOW magazine’s Best Ten Books of 2013, an Amazon.ca Best Book and a Canada Reads Top 40 pick. Minus Time, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Books in Canada/SmithBooks First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, The Rules of Engagement was a national bestseller and chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of the Year. Her third novel, Claire’s Head , was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award and was a Globe Best Book of the Year. www.catheringbush.com


photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari





Thursday October 12, 2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Times have changed in the world of books. Until the turn of the century, writers chose either commercial publishing or self-publishing but in 2017 exciting and viable options are available, including co-op publishing, zines, blogging, and social media. This class will provide insight into these alternatives, but will focus on which form of publishing is right for you, how to prepare a manuscript, what to include in your submission, where to submit, whether or not to seek out an agent, and how to distribute and market your own work. The workshop is intended for amateur and professional writers.

J. D. Carpenter was born in 1948. After earning degrees from York University and Queen’s University, he worked as a journalist for the Daily Racing Form before becoming a teacher of English literature and Head of the Special Education Department at Leaside High School in Toronto, where he was employed for 25 years.

David is the author of four books of poetry – Nightfall, Ferryland Head (Missing Link Press, 1976); Swimming at Twelve Mile (Penumbra Press, 1979); Lakeview (Black Moss Press, 1990); Compassionate Travel (Black Moss Press, 1994); and five novels – The Devil in Me (McClelland & Stewart, 2001); Bright’s Kill (Dundurn Press, 2005); 74 Miles Away (Dundurn Press, 2007); Twelve Trees (Dundurn Press, 2008); and The County Murders (Cressy Lakeside Books, 2016). The Devil in Me, a Globe & Mail bestseller in 2002, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award; 74 Miles Away was nominated for a 2008 ReLit Award; Twelve Trees was #6 on Bookgasm.com’s 2008 Top Ten List of Crime Books. His interests include music, art, film and sports. Along with Peter Blendell and Shelagh Mathers, he is a founding member of the Cressy Lakeside publishing co-op. He and his wife, Karen Ralley, live in Prince Edward County.