Do Books on Writing Work?

Earlier in the year, I was talking to a professional writer when they went on a rant about books on writing. “Writing can’t be taught from a book!” I nodded in agreement, but with a guilty heart. I had a few books on writing at home — I had even read a couple of them.…

The Business Plan

It looks like the main thing that we will be measured on during the initial phase of the ITP program is our business plan.  At the beginning of the second week, Karen talked about the components of the business plan and we had to submit one of the components a couple of days later.  Every…

Getting to know you…

Our second class was called “Drama Fundamentals” with John Burns.  A better title might have been “Getting to know each other” or “Team Building”.  Although we did a bunch of theatre-related exercises, the main purpose of the session was to get to know each other better. Because of the size of our class, we were…

The ITP Overview

Our first “class” is at the Latvian Centre in Toronto.  People come in dribs and drabs.  Additional seats need to be found as 33 of us assemble, waiting for Karen O’Donnell and Kelli Kieley to get here.  Usually, the course only has 25 participants.  Karen has been running this course for years and this year…