(Video above by Stephen Best)
Recently I had the pleasure of being guest of honour at Ridley College’s annual Literary Dinner to celebrate students’ outstanding achievements in literary arts.
My speech at this event focused on two aspects of the writer’s life:
1. Tips for staying the course through the ups and downs, frustrations and joys of writing a book,
2. A look at how profoundly writers matter, because writers shape our world.
I invite you to read my speech’s Tips From a First Draft Survivor by Barbara Kyle. It’s my helping hand to you as you climb what Herman Wouk calls “the long, lonely stony uphill way” of creating a book.
Events and Appearances
St. Catharines, ON
Speaker: Annual Literary Dinner
Alabama Writers’ Conclave Conference
Keynote Address: “All the World’s a Stage: The Actor in the Writer”
Master Class: “Scene Stealers: How to Create Powerful Scenes“
Workshops via Skype
I enjoy connecting with writers groups across North America to give workshops via Skype. It’s a great way to interact, though we may be far apart.
If you belong to a writers group and would like to book a workshop via Skype for your meeting, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss scheduling. I’m now booking through May 2016 into autumn 2017.
The cost to the group for a 1-hour workshop is $150. And, as a bonus, attendees can enter a draw to win my critique of the first twenty pages of their manuscript.
For details on how it all works, see the “Workshops” page on this website.
All my best,
“Barbara, I took your advice and loved the result,” says debut novelist Marissa Campbell. New York publisher St. Martin’s Press loved the result too and published Marissa’s novel Avelynn in September 2015.
“I took Barbara Kyle’s excellent Master Class when I was stuck with my first novel. Those two great days were a turning point. I’ve recently finished my fifth book, and Barbara’s wise words still guide my way.”– bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg
“What a comfort to have your expert advice ‘on demand’.” – Janie Chang, author of Three Souls, nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Barbara was a Forum speaker at Ontario’s world-renowned Stratford Festival, shown here, and was a featured speaker in the University of Toronto Lecture Series. She has been the keynote speaker and workshop presenter for many writers’ organizations and writers’ conferences.
“Kyle is a master at her craft.” – RT Book Reviews
Barbara Kyle is the author of seven acclaimed historical novels – the Thornleigh Saga series (“Riveting Tudor drama” – USA Today) – and of contemporary thrillers, three under pen-name Stephen Kyle, including Beyond Recall, a Literary Guild Selection. Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries. Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is a regular guest presenter for many writers’ organizations and conferences. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Barbara’s workshops, master classes, and manuscript evaluations have launched many writers to published success, including bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg, historical novelists Ann Birch, Tom Taylor, and Barbara Wade Rose, debut novelist Marissa Campbell, thriller writer Carrie Rubin, and Steven T. Wax for his award-winning memoir.