Off to a great start...
If you haven't yet been to one of my workshops or events, we've been having a fabulous time. The workshop on writing effective characters and developing conflict in fiction had close to one hundred registrants and it seemed to me, from the podium, that all of them turned out. Wonderful questions from the audience too. The audience always makes any event for me.
Last week-end I was at the Parkdale branch to offer a creative writing workshop for youth. The group was smart, engaged and we shared some good laughs, as well as some good writing. I'm looking forward to next Saturday when I will be giving the second youth workshop at the north york branch.
Since this residency began I've been reading through submitted manuscripts. We were really lucky this year, to have more than double to usual submissions. There are obviously a great number of aspiring writers in Toronto. We selected by lottery, in other words randomly, and that was hard because I'm sure there was some great work that didn't get picked. One of the best things about reading through the submissions now is coming across little gems - a beautiful sentence, an inspired storyline, a unique protagonist. So far, I've had all three happen.
Maybe I'll be meeting with you to talk about your work? Or, seeing you at one of the events.
I'll post again soon.