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 Coming in November!


Tips From a First Draft Survivor by Barbara Kyle

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

15-17 July 2016
Birmingham, AL
Alabama Writers’ Conclave Conference
My Keynote Address: “All the World’s a Stage: The Actor in the Writer” and
Master Class: “Scene Stealers: How to Create Powerful Scenes

22-23 October 2016
Guelph, ON
Master Class: Your First 30 Pages
* Space is limited, so register early!

9 September 2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto Romance Writers (RWA official chapter)
Master Class: Scene Stealers: Secrets to Creating 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 bkyle@barbarakyle.com and we can discuss scheduling. I’m now booking for September-December 2016.

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 Kyle


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Get a Manuscript Evaluation from Barbara

Marissa-Campbell-author“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.

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Barbara’s Workshops, Master Classes, and Writers Retreats

Robert Rotenberg“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

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Barbara’s Video Workshops “Writing Fiction That Sells”

Janie Chang“What a comfort to have your expert advice ‘on demand’.”Janie Chang, author of Three Souls, nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award


Book Barbara as Your Speaker

Barbara speaking Stratford Festival July2013Barbara 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

Mikhail Petgrave 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.

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