September 18 and 19, 2021
This year, there will be no travel and no hotel stay—but you can still hone your craft in virtual sessions taught by bestselling authors, get insider details on the business of writing from authors, agents, editors, and marketing professionals, and learn how to pitch your work with confidence. And all from the comfort of your home!
Over the two days of the conference, there will be two sessions on the business of writing, two sessions on the writing process, and two sessions on the craft of writing—each lasting roughly 60 minutes and including opportunities for questions. We have also included two panels with industry experts: one with publishers and agents discussing today’s writing and publishing industry, and the other with authors and experts describing their experiences with different forms of storytelling.
Optional one-on-one agent/editor pitch sessions and blue-pencil sessions will also available for a small fee.
An event hosted by the CAA Peterborough branch
Writing Lyrics, with Rick Fines
Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (ET) Via Zoom: Free limited registration
Rick will talk about how he writes and breaks down his approach. He will also perform a couple of songs from his latest album” Solar Powered Too,” nominated for the 2021 Juno Awards “Best Blues Album.”
BIO: Canadian roots music vet Rick Fines is one of the country’s hardest working musicians. He has toured across Canada countless times solo, as a duo, or with a full band. He has recorded more than 14 albums and has been a guest of many others. He won the Maple Blues Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Acoustic Act Of The Year (twice), won first place in the Blues category of the 2003 International Songwriting Competition (with B. B. King one of the judges), received nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards, and played for legendary Blues piano player Pinetop Perkins.
The Craft of Short Fiction, with Douglas Smith
Sunday, October 17 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Via Zoom
CAA-NCR meetings are free for members of Canadian Authors Association.
We ask non-members to pay a $10.00 fee using the link below. E-transfers also accepted at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org
Join multi-award-winning writer Douglas Smith as he provides tips on the craft of writing the short story. Topics covered will include crafting characters, choosing the right point-of-view, pros and cons for various POV options, plotting as character decisions, why setting is character, stories with multiple POV characters, handling scene and POV changes, POV and character voice, non-linear plots, writing scenes out of order, opening lines, implied back story, handling information flow, story structures, recommended resources…and more.
BIO: Douglas Smith’s short fiction has appeared in top professional magazines, including Amazing Stories, InterZone, and Black Static (formerly The Third Alternative). His speculative fiction has been published in twenty-seven languages and thirty-five countries. He is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award and has been a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (formerly the John W. Campbell Award), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His books include the novel The Wolf at the End of the World, the collections Chimerascope and Impossibilia, and the writer’s guide Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction. He is currently writing book 3 of an urban fantasy series.
The MASS of Writing Fiction, with Tim Wynne-Jones
Saturday, November 20 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Via Zoom
At the heart of any good novel, behind every character and every action, there are four intangibles that the writer needs to keep in mind, at all times: Motivation, Anticipation, Stakes and Suspense. No matter what kind of a story you’re writing, be it character-driven or plot-driven, romance, fantasy, mystery, historical fiction or coming-of-age story, the forward momentum will depend on these four elements. In this workshop we’ll look at how to create the MASS your story needs.
The five major forces at work in a novel are: character, plot, setting, conflict and structure. But behind the scenes, acting almost intangibly, are the four interconnected elements, mentioned above, that give a novel forward momentum. These elements intensify our reading experience, holding the reader in the story’s thrall, while drawing us inexorably onward.
BIO: Tim Wynne-Jones is the author of thirty-seven books for people of all ages from picture books to young adult and adult novels. He has written many radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children’s musical Mischief City and an opera libretto, A Midwinter Night’s Dream. Tim’s first book, Odd’s End won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award. He has won the Governor General’s Award twice and been short-listed six times, the Canadian Library Association Book Award three times, the Boston-Globe-Horn Book Award twice, the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award twice and The Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America, once. He’s been short-listed for the Guardian Book Award, twice. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. For his contribution as a children’s writer and educator he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Tim currently lives in Perth, Ontario, with his wife, Amanda Lewis, writer and director of the Ottawa Children’s Theatre.