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Trevor Cole, Writer in Residence 2018

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1 Atkinson Street

Room A, 2nd Floor, Central Library

Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5

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Trevor Cole has won international acclaim for his fiction and journalism. His first two novels — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life (2004), and The Fearsome Particles (2006) — were both short-listed for the Governor-General's Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, published in Canada, the US, Germany and France, won the 2011 Leacock Medal for Humour and was short-listed for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. In 2013 Cole won the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement as a writer in mid-career. His fourth novel, Hope Makes Love, has been called “rewarding,” “riveting,” “powerful” and “brilliant.” In 2015 he adapted his first novel for the stage, and in 2017, HarperCollins published his fifth book, The Whisky King, which The Globe and Mail called "a superb work of historical non-fiction." It is shortlisted for the 2017 Speaker’s Book Award.

During his residency at the Richmond Hill Public Library, Trevor Cole will review manuscripts and give individual consultations. Please submit your manuscripts to author@rhpl.ca, beginning on January 2, 2018. Please scroll down for manuscript submission guidelines.

Please register for workshops. Space is limited.

Welcome Session: January 8 / The Events Room /7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Workshops / Room A / 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.:

January 22: Researching History — how to use online resources and archives to investigate the past.

February 5: From Seed to Story — how to develop an initial idea into a fleshed-out narrative.

February 21: Making a Scene — about the importance of scenes in fiction and how to build them.

March 5: Say What? — Insights into writing good, effective dialogue to take your fiction to the next level.

March 19: What's the Point (of View)? — The importance of perspective (first person, third person, etc.) in fiction, and how to use it.

April 9: Introduction to Scrivener — a tutorial on one of the best computer apps for long-form writing.

Farewell Session: April 23 / The Events Room / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Author Trevor Cole will critique manuscripts and meet with aspiring writers. The Library will accept manuscripts beginning January 2, 2018.

What may be submitted

  • unpublished material only
  • novels: a plot summary and 10 pages
  • short stories and memoirs: a minimum of 5 pages to a maximum of 10 pages
  • non-fiction: a brief outline and the first 10 pages
  • poetry: no more than 10 pages
  • plays/scripts: summary and 10 pages
  • maximum 250 words per page
  • manuscripts for cookbooks, textbooks, or technical manuals will not be accepted

Guidelines

  • members of the Richmond Hill Public Library will be given priority in bookings. For information on Library Membership ask at any Library circulation desk
  • manuscripts must be submitted by the author of the work
  • only one manuscript per person may be submitted
  • the Library reserves the right to limit the number of manuscripts accepted
  • manuscripts received after April 9, 2018, may be returned without review because of time constraints of the Residency
  • manuscripts will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Richmond Hill Public Library is not responsible for returning manuscripts

How to submit manuscripts

  • prepare a typed, double-spaced copy of your work, making sure you keep the original
  • include a cover page with your name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and the number of your Richmond Hill Public Library card (if applicable)
  • number the pages and include your name on each page of the manuscript
  • submit your manuscript to author@rhpl.ca. Please include your name in the subject line
  • allow 2 to 3 weeks for a response from the Writer in Residence
  • although electronic submission is the preferred method, you may also hand-deliver your manuscript to the 3rd Floor Information Desk of Central Library, or mail to:

Writer in Residence

Richmond Hill Central Library

1 Atkinson Street, 3rd Floor

Richmond Hill ON L4C 0H5

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