Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis

Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour winner

A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestselling novels, including his latest, Albatross, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part television miniseries, as well as a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation, was released in May 2014, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015, was a Globe and Mail bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy, released in May 2017, and Albatross, released in August 2019 were both #1 Canadian bestsellers. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year.

2021 Virtual Workshops:

The Power of a Plan: Outlining Your Novel

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” So said Ernest Hemingway. Sometimes the pain and misery of writing comes from not knowing enough about the stories we’re trying to tell. Terry Fallis will explore the benefits and challenges of outlining your novel before writing it. An inveterate planner, he’ll walk the participants through his own approach to outlining, showing examples and explaining how his process has evolved over the course of seven novels. There will be a couple of workshop exercises to bring the power of outlining to life, and plenty of discussion.

 Make Them Laugh: Writing Humour

Three steps to writing funny stories:

1.     Acquire or otherwise procure a sense of humour.

2.     Use it when writing.

3.     Rinse and repeat.

Terry Fallis will lead a discussion of what it takes to be funny with only words on the page. The workshop will explore the types of humour that most lend themselves to the written form, and will examine various techniques used by successful comic writers. Time permitting, there will be a couple of exercises to help move the humour from theory to page. There should also be a few laughs along the way. 

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