Master Classes


Coming in February...Andrew Pyper. FIRST. BIGGEST. BEST.

Photograph of Andrew Pyper Facilitator: Andrew Pyper
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road)
Room: 11-11
Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

THERE'S SOMETHING MISSING: Taking Your Story From Good to Great

We all become attached to the ideas we have. We see them as we see ourselves: unique, engaging, worthy of being heard. But in turning these ideas into books - and ultimately taking them to market - these attachments can be our downfall. In this workshop, we will use collective story-storming techniques and employ some of the homourous, often hard-won lessons that author Andrew Pyper has learned from the mistakes and failures of his publishing experience to take your story from something that interests you, to something that can interest a wide readership. Rejection and failure isn't always just a matter of other people not "getting" what you're doing, but a signal of a more fundamental problem. The good news? You can use these responses as building blocks to take your story to the next level, from good to great.
About Andrew Pyper
Andrew Pyper is the multiple award-winning author of eight internationally bestselling novels. His most recent novel, The Only Child, is currently being developed for TV with producers Random Hill and ABC Studios. Among his earlier works, The Demonologist, a #1 bestseller in Canada, is being developed by ImageMovers (Robert Zemeckis’ production company) with director Pierre Morel (Taken) attached. The Demonologist was the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. Among his earlier novels, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and appeared on both the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists, and Pyper has adapted the book for television with Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year, and The Wildfire Season a Globe and Mail Best Book. Pyper holds a BA and MA in English Literature from McGill University, and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

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Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.  

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