allysonWhether kept for selfish or selfless reasons, secrets can have unexpected consequences, and lead to complications heartrending, humorous, or tragic. Robert Frost wrote, “We dance around a ring and suppose, / But the secret sits in the middle and knows.” Join editor and instructor Allyson Latta on November 17 for this look at the psychology of secrets, what they “know” — and show — about human nature, and how they influence our writing.

When: 1:00 Sunday, November 17, 2013

Where: 121 Mississaugga Street East, Orillia

Cost: Non-members: $6.00, Members: $6.00


Participants will have the opportunity to have their work read and commented on by Allyson, who is a professional editor and educator in this one-hour workshop.

Please submit only one page per person. Submissions should be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, and identified by genre (Literary, Memoir, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, etc.). Send your first page with no identifying information as an attachment to:

Cost: $10.00

ALLYSON LATTA is an independent editor of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. Since 2004 she has encouraged new writers to explore memoir writing, first for Ryerson University and currently as an instructor and online mentor for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies (formerly in partnership with the New York Times Knowledge Network). She runs writers’ workshops and gives presentations for writers’ organizations, literary festivals, and libraries, and has led creative writing retreats in the U.S. (Arizona), Chile, Costa Rica, and Grenada. Allyson was guest coordinator for the radio program “Portraits on Paper,” the memoir and biography episodes of CKLN-FM’s In Other Words, and has judged literary competitions, including for the annual U.S. anthology OASIS Journal.  Many of her students and workshop participants have gone on to win writing contests or to be published in journals, anthologies, and in book form. Her website, at, has been recommended in the U.S. magazine The Writer and features resources for memoir writers. – See more at:

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