Make Them Wonder: Sparking Curiosity, Surprise, and Awe in Our Readers with Daniel Scott Tysdal

One of our most basic tasks as writers, as Janet Burroway reminds us, is to “make them wonder”—to spark in our readers a sense of curiosity and awe, drawing them along line by line, page by page, and book by book. Daniel Scott Tysdal’s workshop will examine a range of strategies for inspiring this sense of wonder in our readers and in ourselves as we write. During his workshop, Tysdal will provide examples of how he seeks to “make them wonder” in his poetry, fiction, and teaching, and, drawing on these examples, he will share a series of exercises designed to give us hands-on experience with the craft of inspiring wonder. At every moment, we will endeavour to expand our understanding of what is possible and see our lives and our work in a new way.

Workshop will be held on Sunday, January 13th, 2019, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and has earned him a number of honours, including the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


**Note the Venue is subject to change.

Please note: WCYR meetings are strictly for ages 18+. Teens from grades 7-12 are welcome to join our youth group at





100 Eagle Street West, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, L3Y 1J4

  • Jan Workshop
    January 13, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Pre-register WCYR Member $15.00 (CAD)  
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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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