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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; all three for $100. Enrolment is limited. Register by phone at 604-885-9631.
April 5, 2014
WHEN MEMOIR INSPIRES FICTION — with Jen Sookfong Lee
This workshop will explore the issues of using what you know to create something entirely new. We will discuss novels and short stories by established writers who have been open about mining their own experiences for their work. You will be asked to describe your current fiction project, which will be discussed during the workshop.
Jen Sookfong Lee is the author of three novels, including one novel for young adults. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Jen was the voice behind CBC Radio One's weekly writing column, Westcoast Words, for three years. She appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. www.sookfong.com
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