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Humber and the International Festival of Authors Present a Fall Writing Workshop




TORONTO, March 13, 2013 ----- In its ever-growing goal to connect new writers with established authors both nationally and internationally, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Humber School for Writers (HSW) this fall. From June to September students can apply to be a part of the fall workshop, which will coincide with the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 to November 3).


“This partnership is the perfect pairing,” says Antanas Sileika, Director, HSW. “The Humber School for Writers injects jet fuel into the literary mind in the same way the Festival does–by providing people the opportunity to engage with authors in a way unlike anything else they’ve experienced.”


This year’s fall workshop runs October 27 to November 1 with faculty including authors Wayson Choy, Hari KunzruFrancine Prose, Richard Scrimger, Olive Senior and Miriam Toews. These authors will also play a roll in the programming for the IFOA. Classes will take place throughout the Harbourfront Centre site and IFOA evening events will be part of the curriculum.


“To co-program a well-established writing workshop alongside our Festival is a win-win situation,” says Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of Authors at Harbourfront Centre. “We see the advantage in having writing students work directly with authors during IFOA. This initiative brings our partnership with Humber to a new level."

Weekend workshops will also take place in Thunder Bay with Humber School for Writers founder, Joe Kertes and Woodstock with long-time Humber teacher Kim Moritsugu.


For information on how to register for the HSW visit their website at or telephone Hilary Higgins at 416-675-6622 ext. 3449.


Authors at Harbourfront Centre

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted more than 8,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 20 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 24 to November 3, 2013), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15 and 16, 2013).


Humber School for Writers

Since 1992, the HSW distinguished itself as a leading centre for the study of creative writing. Their track record speaks for itself: well over 300 of our graduates have been published, including Dr. Vincent Lam (Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures), Eva Stachniak (The Winter Palace), Cathy Marie Buchanan (The Painted Girls) and Robert Rotenberg (The Guilty Plea). Several have been nominated for literary awards, and a few have gone on to win. Learn more by visiting


* Please note:  Instructors may be added or substituted.





Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395


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