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Editing 101:
New Workshop for Emerging and Self-Published Authors
Courses & Workshops at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, ON (Dec. 10, 2012) – This winter, Harbourfront Centre presents a new selection of Courses & Workshops designed to help adults ignite their creativity! Working directly with contemporary artists and experienced instructors, students will hone their skills in a fun and relaxed environment.

At a brand-new Editing 101 workshop, novelist Brian Francis and Doubleday Canada senior editor Nita Pronovost offer authors the tools of self-editing, including copy-editing, engaging readers, and taking manuscripts to the next level. The one-day workshop, presented in partnership with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, is geared specifically towards emerging and self-published authors.

“Since the introduction of e-readers, more writers have the option of self-publishing,” says Francis. “In addition, agents and editors are looking for manuscripts that are as polished as possible. As a result, writers need to understand the value and tools of good editing, especially in a highly competitive industry like publishing.”

In this intensive workshop, registrants will have access to the editing process from two perspectives: that of a published author as well as a professional editor. Both Francis and Pronovost will discuss the essentials of the editing process, while helping aspiring writers answer fundamental questions, such as “How do I self-edit?” “How do I improve a reader’s response to my work?” and “How will I know when I’m ready to publish?”

Editing 101
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., $80

A follow-up one-day workshop, Publicity 101, will take place March 16, 2013, $80.

About instructor Brian Francis:
Brian Francis is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels. His most recent, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a ‘Best Book of 2011’. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist.

About instructor Nita Pronovost:
Nita Pronovost is a senior editor at Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada. She works on a range of fiction and nonfiction that includes celebrity memoirs, thrillers and mysteries, historical fiction and women's commercial novels.

Other exciting Courses & Workshops offered this winter include drawing, painting, bookmaking, photography, Publicity 101,,family-friendly courses, Improv for Public Speaking and more. Courses & Workshops offerings for adults and families run in four and six-week blocks or one-day workshops that allow participants to engage with culture and the arts.

For additional information and to register, the public may visit or call 416-973-4093. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay Revitalization visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


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