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Writing with Passion, not Pathos 

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.

Two Workshops with Michael Redhill

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

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/ 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.


Graphic Narratives: Intro to Making Comics!

Writing with pictures for non-artists: an introduction to making comics. Learn simple methods for drawing people and the basics of sequential visual storytelling. Explore what you can say with pictures while using words selectively for counterpoint. Notice how showing your story in pictures alters the experience of both telling it and reading it.

MARTHA NEWBIGGING is a children’s book illustrator, animator, and educator. She has illustrated children’s books and textbooks for publishers including Annick Press, Owl Books and Kids Can Press. She has taught in a wide range of school and community settings, such as comics workshops in schools across Ontario, animation workshops in Toronto and Prince Edward County, a practicum in rural Nicaragua, and arts programs for an LGBTQ youth support group in Belleville. Martha was the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2013. Martha is also an instructor in the Illustration program at the School for Creative Arts & Animation at Seneca College.




What is creativity?

 Where does your imagination come from?

In this workshop you will have an opportunity to get your hands dirty. You will work through a series of exercises designed to remind your body and your mind how to play. You will draw and doodle (play!) your way toward story. Mess around! Stop thinking and start doing! Let’s see to which story YOUR hands take you!

“This course comprises a series of writing and drawing exercises that will open you up to the particular story each of you has ready to tell right now. Story happens as you make it happen. I want to show my students that they are endlessly creative all the time. That creativity belongs to everyone.”



KATHRYN WALSH KUITENBROUWER is the bestselling author of the novel All the Broken Things, which was nominated for Canada Reads and the Toronto Book Award. She is also the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, the latter of which was a finalist for the First Novel Award. Her short-story collection Way Up won a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Kuitenbrouwer’s recent short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Joyland, 7X7 LA, and Storyville, where it won the Sidney Prize (US). She is an award-winning instructor with the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, Associate Faculty with the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA, and a PhD Candidate in the English Department at the University of Toronto, where she works on creativity, language, and enchantment. For more information and to read some of her online work go to




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 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.


photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari





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’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.