Special Events

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Spring Writing Workshops

All workshops are three hours in length and begin at 11 am. Please bring your own lunch/snacks/beverages. Each workshop is $40. Enrolment is limited. Register by phone at 604-885-9631.

April 26, 2014

PLOTTING YOUR STORY LINE — with Caroline Adderson

Plot is more than a series of events. It is an ordering of all the elements of fiction to produce a unified effect. In this workshop we will examine some of these elements (character, conflict, theme) and see how they combine to create plot. We will review different types of plots and diagnose common plotting problems. Come prepared to imagine new story lines and reimagine old ones.

Caroline Adderson is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories as well as books for young readers. She has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and the Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. Her new novel, Ellen in Pieces, will be published this fall. www.carolineadderson.com

May 10, 2014

GETTING INTO PRINT — with Billeh Nickerson

Learn about the trade secrets of getting your work published in literary journals along with valuable tips from an industry professional, including the key do's and don'ts of cover letters and what writers can learn from rejection letters (believe it!). This workshop is both fun and instructional.

Billeh Nickerson is the author of five books of poetry, including Artificial Cherry, to be published by Arsenal Pulp Press this spring. He is the former editor of PRISM international and Event, two of Canada's most respected literary journals, and is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. www.billehnickerson.com

Aboriginal Storytelling Festival — May 1, 2014

Aboriginal Storytelling Festival