International Festival of Authors 2017

Last week, I had the chance to attend the 2017 IFOA in Toronto, because–big news–I won a prize in a writing contest!


The University of Toronto and Penguin Random House Canada work together to offer this amazing award for emerging fiction writers, giving away $4 500 in prizes and printing this beautiful chapbook. The first chapters of the young adult novel I’m working on–Devonna–are in it!



The festival is amazing, and I wish I’d had more time to attend more conferences, but I only had one day in Toronto. So the next morning I walked a little bit around the Distillery District and shopped in St-Lawrence Market, and it was already time to go back home.


On the way back to QuΓ©bec, we slept in Prescott, at the Colonel’s Inn. And OH MY GOD, this place is amazing. There’s not a lot to do in Prescott itself; it’s a small town along the St-Lawrence River and it’s nice to just walk around. But the highlight for us was the Inn itself.


It’s an old historic house and the rooms are so cozy and the service is incredible and I would’ve stayed there a whole week to write my book if I could’ve.



Anyway, it’s always so nice to visit Ontario, but this was probably my favorite trip there, ever!

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  1. What an amazing day you had there in Toronto! This event sounds super cool to me and HUGE CONGRATS on winning the contest, Audrey!! I can’t imagine how exciting it is to see your name on the chapbook. 😍😍

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    1. It’s CRAZY exciting! I can’t even imagine the thrill of seeing one day my name on an actual NOVEL *fingers crossed*.
      Thank you so much, Jasmine!
      And if you want, email me your address and it’ll be my pleasure to send you a copy! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! The whole weekend was indeed fantastic! πŸ˜€
      I’d really like to hear what you think about the beginning of my story, Marica! So if you want me to send you a copy of the chapbook, that’ll be my pleasure; just email me your address! πŸ™‚


  2. Congats πŸ™‚ You deserved it ! Next time it’s gonna be first place I know it πŸ™‚ Looking forward to read your sequel to Devonna.

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  3. Hey Audrey!
    I was actually from Toronto and lived there for a long time hahaha so it was nostalgic to hear you write about the St. Lawrence Market and the Distillery District here πŸ™‚ Glad that you enjoyed the city!!

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