Saturday, November 20: Saturday, November 6: Saturday, November 13: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Youth Writers Workshop

With Paul Coccia and Natasha Deen.

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This workshop series is free to attend for youth aged 14-18, but applications are required and registration is limited. Applications are due by Tuesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST.




Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, November 6 at 1:00 PM EST

COMPARE & CONTRAST: Character Crush!
There are a myriad of ways to build characters. Join Paul and Natasha and see how their different—and sometimes, overlapping—styles can help you when it comes to creating characters that readers will never forget.

Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 PM EST

Think there’s only one way to outline—think you HAVE TO outline? Join Paul and Natasha and learn the myriad of ways to bring plotting—and outline flexibility—to your manuscript.

Saturday, November 20 at 1:00 PM EST

The final meeting will offer youth writers the chance to share their work with the group!

  • Paul Coccia is the author of the award-winning Cub, The Player, and the upcoming I Got You Babe, as well as coauthor with Eric Walters of the soon to be released On The Line. He has a specialist in English Literature from UofT and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. He’s often found baking in his Toronto kitchen with his nephew, three dogs and parrot who loves French fries and pasta.

  • Guyanese-Canadian author Natasha Deen has published over twenty-four works for kids and teens. Her works have been chosen as CCBC Best Picks for Kids and Teens, as well as Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. Natasha’s YA novel, In the Key of Nira Ghani, was both a Red Maple Honour Book and the winner of the 2020 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. When she’s not writing, she spends an inordinate amount of time trying to convince her pets that she’s the boss of the house.