Molly will speak on The Power of Romance (and why every story needs a little of it) followed by a workshop on Writing Sexual Tension:
“No matter whether you’re writing a romance or a novel with a romantic subplot you need to understand sexual and romantic tension. How it stems from character and creates your plot and keeps readers turning pages.”
You don’t want to miss this. Truly. She is an exciting and gifted presenter and you will be happy you came.
Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.
She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.
Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.
Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.
Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006. L-length Her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas won the RITA in 2009. And her full length contemporary romance CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE won the RITA in 2013.
WORD BY WORD
WCSC’s 2nd Annual Short Prose Contest
Final Judge: Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2017
1st Prize: $500. 2nd Prize: $250. 3rd Prize: $100.
All winning entries will receive commentary by Carly Watters and publication on the WCSC website
Winners announced June 2017
On December 11 join us in welcoming back Richard Scrimger to the WCSC for his talk and workshop: Laying Seige to Your Story.
Writing sometimes feels like a siege. You’re camped outside the walled town with your army: your experiences, memory, imagination, thesaurus, post-it notes, prayers, etc. Behind those walls is a captured friend or child, or a valuable but fragile artifact – your story. But how do you take the town without destroying the story? You don’t want to starve or poison it, and you don’t want to flatten it with artillery. Continue reading
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.
I’ll get the sad news out of the way first.
Our wonderfully accommodating meeting venue has lost its event room. Apparently, Brewery Bay Food Company didn’t own the attached building where we held our meetings and the new landlords weren’t on board with the existing contract. And so… we also have lost “Down by the Bay.”
The happy news is that we were able to quickly locate a fine venue only two blocks away at 16 Front Street South in Orillia. Continue reading
At WCSC’s April 17 meeting, Trevor Cole will present short excerpts from all four of his novels and reveal the personal seeds of inspiration behind each of the stories. He’ll discuss how the stories that resulted evolved dramatically from the original inspirations.
The meeting begins at 11:30
From Idea to Story: Participants are introduced to the process of developing a simple, incomplete idea into the beginnings of a full and rich narrative.
We will brainstorm and discuss what components are necessary for an engaging story, and how to build them.
Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Lifeand The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Trevor’s latest novel, Hope Makes Love, has been called “soulful,” “harrowing,” “graceful” and “full of life.”
Rob Brunet speaks about all things dark and funny
at the WCSC’s meeting, Sunday, February 21.
The Talk: Where the Wackos Are
Need inspiration for quirky characters? Look no further than your local newspaper. Spend time in a bar listening to that person everyone else avoids. Hitchhike where you oughtn’t. Get to know your neighbours better than you ought. Face it. We’re all a little weird. Some of us are just better at hiding it. I’ll talk about some of the whackos I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and try not to reveal where to find them.
The Workshop: Writing Character Through Setting
Revealing character is critical to engaging readers. We want to spend time with people we care about, people who step off the page into our imagination. Who are they? What do know about them? What are we dying to know?
Setting is one way to peel that onion.
I’ll lead the group through a writing exercise exploring a new character. Inspired by a photograph and depicted by an imagined setting, you’ll get to know someone you may or may not want to take home to mother.
Rob Brunet writes character-driven crime fiction laced with dark humour. His debut novel Stinking Rich—soon to be reissued as historical fiction—asks What could possibly go wrong when bikers hire a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? It made 2014 best-of-year lists in The Ottawa Citizen, Crimespree Magazine, and MysteryPeople. Brunet’s short stories are published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, and other joints.
Brunet co-hosts the Toronto edition of Noir at the Bar, teaches creative writing at George Brown College, and is a regular contributor at Thrillerfest’s The Thrill Begins. He loves the bush, beaches, and bonfires, and spends as much time down dirt roads as life allows.