What’s Your Story, Etobicoke?
Please join Arts Etobicoke, Ontario Book Publishers Organization and the Toronto Arts Council, in a celebration of reading and writing in Etobicoke hosted by internationally acclaimed author Alissa York.
The third annual What’s Your Story? Etobicoke event is a celebration of the literary talent in Etobicoke. A writing contest held by the OBPO selected a mix of four emerging, unpublished, and established writers from the community. These authors’ have been published in an anthology that will be available for free to all attending. The winning pieces will also be performed at the event, and attendees will have the chance to participate in two writing workshops with celebrated authors Alissa York and Andrew J. Borkowski.
Engaging Workshops for Writers
6:30 – 7:00 pm - True Lies Workshop
Ever wondered how novelists and short story writers “make up” characters and events that feel true to life? Award-winning author and Humber College professor Alissa York leads a short workshop on mining the “facts” of our lives for the narrative gold of fiction.
7:00 – 7:30 pm – The Devil in the Details
Nonfiction memoir is storytelling. Like novels and short stories, autobiographies have characters and settings and transport the reader to unfamiliar times and places. This workshop, led by author and journalist Andrew Borkowski, introduces writers to the art of descriptive writing, conveying setting, character, and scenes using the same tools as the writer of fiction.
7:30 – 7:45 pm – Refreshments
7:45 – 8:30 pm – Author Readings
The What’s Your Story, Etobicoke writing competition winners read their Etobicoke inspired works.
- Award-nominated author Teri Vlassopoulos for her short-story collection Bats or Swallows.
- Lynne Golding, author of Beneath the Alders: The Innocent.
Introducing emerging Etobicoke writers:
- Mary Fairhurst Breen
- Andrew Anthony