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Terri Favro

Photo: Ayelet Tsabari 2015

Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Terri Favro is a Toronto-based freelance writer, novelist, essayist, storyteller and copywriter.  Terri is the author of Sputnik's Children (ECW 2017), an alt-reality novel described by Publisher's Weekly as "funny, touching, genre-bending, and one of a kind"; the novel Once Upon A Time in West Toronto (Inanna 2017);) and The Proxy Bride (Quattro Books, 2012), winner of the Ken Klonsky-Quattro Books Novella Prize.  In 2018, her first non-fiction book will be published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York: Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fact, Fiction and Speculation. Terri also collaborates with visual artist Ron Edding on the Bella graphic novel series, including Bella and the Loyalist Heroine, Waiting For Maria Puzo, and Bella and the Facer Street Gang (Grey Borders). Terri has been a storyteller on the CBC Books digital storytelling series, All Told: True Stories From The True North, and her  short fiction and non-fiction essays have appeared in Prism, Broken Pencil, Humber Literary Review, untethered, Geist, Grain, Accenti, MORE, Riddle Fence, The Toronto Star, Red Line (U.K.). and numerous anthologies including Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction (Exile Editions, 2016). Terri was a finalist in the Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch and the CBC Canada Writes Literary Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. She blogs at

Phone number:
416 529 0458


The Proxy Bride. Quattro Books, 2012
Bella and the Loyalist Heroine. Grey Borders Books, 2012
Waiting for Mario Puzo. Grey Borders Books, 2013
Sputnik's Children. ECW Books, 2017
Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction. Exile Editions, 2016
Once Upon a Time in West Toronto. Inanna, 2017
Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fact, Fiction, and Speculation. Skyhorse, 2018


Accenti Magazine Award for Accenti Magazine, 2015
CBC Literary Prize for Creative Non-Fiction shortlist for CBC website, 2015
What's Your Story, East Toronto? Established Writer Prize, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Where do stories come from? How do you decide what to write about, and in what form? As the author of a literary science fiction 'alt reality' novel ("Sputnik's Children"), a science-based non-fiction book ("Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fact, Fiction, and Speculation"), literary fiction ("The Proxy Bride" and "Once Upon A Time In West Toronto"), and graphic novels (the "Bella" series of comics including "Waiting For Mario Puzo"), I will speak to the ways that direct experience and exposure to books, films, comics, and other media can provide a rich source of ideas and imaginative prompts for new writers. I can talk about the specific writing process I use for fiction, non-fiction, storytelling, and collaborative work with an artist on graphic novels.



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1 hour to 90 minutes (flexible)
Science Fiction; Non-Fiction (robotics and AI); Literary Fiction; Graphic Novels
High school grades 11 and 12
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