Hone your writing with two authors this Fall!



Two workshops by Canada’s Giller Award winning author

The Paint Never Dries is Sold Out!

11 am to 1 pm

$40.00 per person

The Paint Never Dries is a talk on the art and importance of revision. Topics covered in the talk include the first draft, modes of revision, outside readers, being edited, self-discipline, and letting go. The talk is 1.5-2hrs in length and includes a Q&A. This talk is appropriate for all ages.




The Modern Mystery

1:30 to 5 pm
$50.00 per person

The Modern Mystery is a workshop that explores how the 21st century mystery writer approaches the genre. It will include both discussion and in-class exercises intended to focus the participants’ attention on particular aspects of the genre, including exercises on opening lines, basic plotting, and how to create a three-dimensional criminal. The workshop is 4-4.5 hours in length. The workshop is best for people who have at least a little experience writing as well as being familiar with the genre. (This workshop will be limited to 15-18 participants.)

Michael Redhill continues to teach regularly for The Humber School of Writing, in the Creative Writing by Correspondence program, and he is an adjunct professor in the creative writing departments of both the University of Toronto, and the University of Guelph.

Work as Inger Ash Wolfe

In 2012, Redhill revealed that he is also the author of four novels published under the pen name Inger Ash Wolfe, (a take on his grandmother’s maiden name Wolfinger). Wolfe’s novels, thus far, are The Calling (2008), The Taken (2010), A Door in the River (2012), and The Night Bell (2015). In August 2014, a film version of The Calling was released, starring Susan Sarandon as Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef.

Michael Redhill was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966. He’s published sixteen books, brought six plays to the stage, and been a cultural critic and essayist. His first novel, Martin Sloane, won The Books in Canada/Amazon.com Best First Novel Prize, and his second, Consolation, won the City of Toronto Book Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Goodness, a play, won a “Fringe First Award” at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe as well as the prestigious Carole Tambor Best of Edinburgh prize.  His novel, Bellevue Square, won the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has two sons and lives in Toronto.

Get Tickets

Or, to pay by cheque: Download the registration form and mail it with your payment to
Baxter Arts Centre, Box 163, Bloomfield, ON, K0K 1G0

If you are attending both workshops, please feel free to bring your lunch. The Baxter offers a kitchen, fridge, coffee and tea during workshops.



Writing with Passion, not Pathos is sold out!

Saturday, Nov.24, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm

$40.00 per person

For anyone interested in writing. How do we communicate emotion without sentimentality? It’s a question both fiction and non-fiction writers grapple with and rarely achieve. Yet it defines the very difference between art and kitsch. In this workshop, Carol will discuss ways to bring heart into a story while avoiding schmaltz.

Carol Off

An arts reporter and Ottawa correspondent in the ‘80s. International CBC correspondent in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Award-winning documentarian. Award-winning author. And, since 2006, host of As It Happens.

Carol has somehow packed the work of about four careers into one. As a television reporter, she covered the Middle East, the Balkans, Afghanistan, the United States, the former Soviet Union — and most other places. She has also covered Canadian military missions around the world, including combat operations in Kandahar after 9/11.

Her work in the Balkans led her to write the best-selling book The Lion, The Fox, and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Since that book came out in 2000, she’s written three more — including, most recently, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others, winner of the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

She’s won a Gemini, two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a Gabriel Award; and ACTRA’s John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Broadcasting, among other honours.