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Kenneth Oppel


The event: Kenneth Oppel is the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 36 books for children and young adults. His books feature memorable characters, page-turner plots and intricate, well-researched worlds. On May 3, join the WCYR and the WCDR from the comfort of your own home for your chance to learn from one of Canada’s most celebrated authors—someone who has had a lifelong love affair with the written word. Whether you write for kids, for adults, or for your own joy, this online workshop will help you with some of the most essential aspects of writing craft: character, plot and research. Bring your questions! The hour-long craft workshop will be followed by a half-hour Q and A session.

$30.00 – $35.00

Visual Storytelling: From Script to Screen with Kim Sparks

Aurora Public Library 15145 Yonge St., Aurora, Ontario, Canada

Have you always wanted to know more about the world of screenwriting?  Maybe considered adapting your novel into a screenplay? 

Kim Sparks will  be joining us to talk about the screenplay format.  Using sample scripts, she will demonstrate how to use actions and dialogue to ‘show don’t tell’ our stories.

Kim will show us some of the tools of the trade:  script-writing programs for computer and mobile apps.   She will also share some knowledge about television writing and collaborative writing in television writing rooms. She will share her views about working with an agent as a screenwriter. Bring your questions for the Q and A.

$20.00 – $25.00

WCYR Blue Pencil


What is a “Blue Pencil” session? It’s an opportunity to work with a published author, in a small group setting (Zoom), to get feedback on a WIP (work in progress). 

We have gathered a fantastic group of WCYR Member-Authors & Friends who are eager to share what they have learned, and help guide you on your own writing journey.

Participation will require pre-registration before December 1st.

$20.00 – $25.00

The Image/Moment with Sue Reynolds- Virtual Members Only Event


The Image/Moment is a sure-fire technique to calibrate readerly anxiety and tension in fiction, creative non-fiction or even poetry. The Image Moment (a single element of Jack Grapes’ METHOD WRITING) is a stunningly effective and reliable way to manage the pacing of psychological tension for your reader. Experiment with and experience the effects of this incredible technique in this 2 hour workshop.


Mastering Memoir: “It’s Not Me, It’s You.”


Are you looking to craft your personal story and elevate it into art? It can be challenging to write life stories that keep readers fully engaged and turning the page. One of Alison's many insights is that at its best, your memoir is not about you. It's about your reader. Alison is a multiple award-winning author, playwright, and performer. With her enthusiastic, humorous, presentation style, Alison will share tricks of the trade to telling your open-hearted truth in a way that resonates with your reader. She will debunk some common myths and beliefs about memoir. She will offer insights and guidance about how to deal with the obstacles and challenges that face even the most experienced memoir writers.

Get Tickets $20.00 – $25.00