Toronto Public Library Free Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop:  Light Fiction, Serious Themes

Presenter: Anna Dowdall


Does light have to be trivial?  Does serious have to be boring and strident? Are you a beginning or aspiring writer interested in exploring how genre fiction (romance, mystery, humour, science fiction, fantasy—the kind we all love to read!) can also express the things that are most important to you?

This 2.5 hour workshop will take a hands-on approach to exploring this issue.  There’ ll be:

  • an introduction about “value” in fiction, including who gets to decide it
  • a partnered writing exercise
  • a group discussion with presentations (but no pressure to volunteer)

You don’t need  to be an aspiring writer for this workshop.  Interested readers who’ve wondered about this issue are welcome too.  No preparation is required, but please bring your own pen or pencil and paper to the workshop, a sample of your own writing if you feel like it, and any reading material that you think might offer insight into this issue.

When:  September 30, 2-4:30 pm

Where:  Toronto Public Library, Fort York Branch (registration required through TPL website)

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