Craft Tips to Fix the Sagging Middle with Mary Sullivan and Wanda Ottewell

Lifting, Tightening, and Strengthening

You’ve got the captivating beginning. You have the perfect, satisfying ending. But the middle of your story…well, it just sags and drags. What can you do? This craft workshop will discuss some ways to pull character development, conflict, and story threads from the opening through the middle of your manuscript to set up your resolution. With practical tips and examples, we will provide some craft solutions to help you lift, tighten, and strengthen the middle of your story.

Workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Newmarket Public Library.

A few years ago, Mary Sullivan picked up LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory and became hooked on romance. Mary discovered Harlequin Superromance and knew she wanted to write these heartfelt stories of love, family, perseverance and happy endings, about very human heroes and heroines graced with backbone, strength of character and hope. She loves that moment when, even though it looks like these characters will never be able to make their love work, they then, against impossible odds, do.

In 2005, she was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. She has since won writing awards and has had fourteen books published. Her thirteenth Superromance, CODY’S COME HOME, will be in bookstores in April, 2016. Who knew daydreaming could be so rewarding?

Wanda Ottewell is a freelance editor who specializes in the romance genre. She loves working with authors to leverage the strengths of their writing and believes in empowering them by sharing craft knowledge and tips. The best moments in her job are the ones when she’s so caught up in a story, the editorial voice is silenced—for a little bit. Wanda has a master’s degree in literature and many years’ experience in the publishing industry. She lives in Toronto, ON, and travels whenever possible.






Venue Phone: (905) 953-5110

Venue Website:

438 Park Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1W1

  • Mary Sullivan
    May 15, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Kim McDougall has been using Scrivener since 2006, when it was still in beta testing. She is an author, fiber artist and photographer who writes dark fantasy fiction. Under her married name, Kim Chatel, she also published 6 books for children. As co-founder of Castelane Inc., Kim has produced over 400 book trailers. Kim is also the meeting coordinator and speaker wrangler for the WCYR.

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