with Karma Brown
Talk: What to Expect when you’re Expecting a Book Baby
Taking a book from a word document to the shelf can be a long process, filled with plenty of unknowns, hard labor, and thrilling milestones. I’ll share my own experience, as well as offer insight into what to expect through (and beyond) that debut year…and how to enjoy the process. Hint: it involves preparation, persistence, professionalism, and a peer group.
Workshop: Slaying the Synopsis
A synopsis has one job: to summarize your novel or writing project, from beginning to end, without flashy bells and whistles. It differs from a query letter in that its purpose is to showcase the entire narrative arc rather than simply highlight the major plot points and main character’s journey. The synopsis also provides structure to a blossoming book idea, so you can catch plot pitfalls and soggy character arcs…all before committing a single word to the page. However, regardless of its benefits, the synopsis is one of the most dreaded and loathed writing tools out there. In this workshop I’ll offer practical tips and tricks for how to write a killer synopsis that gets the job done, without losing your mind — or your creative energy — while you do.
KARMA BROWN is a National Magazine award-winning journalist, freelance writer, and author of the international bestsellers COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/HarperCollins)—a Globe & Mail Top 100 Books for 2015—and THE CHOICES WE MAKE (MIRA/HarperCollins). A former marketing director and copywriter, Karma now spends much time mulling plot lines in coffee shops and lives just outside Toronto with her family. Her third novel, EVERY MOMENT (Park Row Books/HarperCollins), will be published June 2017.
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The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County
functions as a hub for practitioners and fans of the written word. Our aim is to engage, inform and encourage writers at all levels and of all genres, independently and in co-operation with existing cultural and writing-related organizations, associations, libraries and community groups.
From September to June, we meet one Sunday a month from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at The Golden Wok, 16 Front Street North, Orillia. Each month we feature speakers from all aspects of the writing life – authors, freelancers, editors, agents, and publishers – to motivate, inspire and enlighten writers and aspiring writers in our community. Each month we offer an optional hands-on workshop which follows a short break after the speaker. The workshop is from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
WCSC offers you opportunities for information-sharing, networking and support, education and professional development. Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, editor, or someone who just loves the way words connect, you’ll find yourself at home at a WCSC meeting.
If you’d like to be notified of what is developing with the organization, please send us a notice via the contact form on this website or subscribe using our RSS feed. Better still, you can become involved as a charter member. For more information, click on the Membership tab.
To listen to a radio interview with WCSC Past-President Deepam Wadds about the organization, CLICK HERE
We’re also seeking energetic folks with a variety of skills, life experiences and interests, to work as volunteers. Bring your organizational and networking expertise and to help chart the future of WCSC!
You’ll work with the WCSC Board to:
- provide input on a broad range of administrative and financial matters
- contribute to the development of outreach strategies for new members, speakers and presenters
- assist with organizing our workshops and meetings
- build partnerships with cultural, literary and educational organizations in the region
If you’re interested in getting involved, or volunteer in another capacity, please send us a notice via the contact form.
We look forward to meeting you face-to-face. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act!