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Barbara Kyle is a well-known author of historical fiction. Her Thornleigh Series is packed with drama, romance and mystery all set in Tudor times, and as Stephen Kyle she has written three contemporary thrillers. Barbara is also an excellent workshop leader having run dozens of events to help authors hone their craft (here’s the post I wrote after taking one of them).

Coming up October 17 & 18 in Toronto, Canada Barbara will be running a unique event – a Writers’ Symposium called Crafting the Page-Turner with guest presenters from the top ranks of the publishing industry.



Grow as a writer. Dare to succeed. That’s my advice to emerging writers,” says Kyle. “This symposium offers an exceptional chance to interact with industry professionals ‘up close and personal’.

Speakers include legendary agent Al Zuckerman, founder of Writers House, one of the largest literary agencies in the world, and Patrick Crean, one of the country’s preeminent publishers with his own imprint at HarperCollins. Literary agent Martha Magor Webb, who represents bestselling and award-winning authors, will conduct a pitch session where writers can pitch their story and get her feedback.

Other workshop presenters include bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg, successful “indie” author M. K. Tod – yes, that’s me – and scriptwriter Nika Rylski will also be there. My topic is the perks and perils of self-publishing and the marketing and promotional tasks and strategies involved.

Crafting the Page-Turner will be an exciting two days. Deepen your writing skills and learn from noted industry experts. For further information, visit Barbara’s website.

I hope to see you there.