The Writing Week

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The Writing Week with facilitator Caroline Adderson

 Monday – Friday, July 15 – 19, 2019

Time:  Five days,  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location:  Denman Island Arts Centre (village centre)
Class Limit:  8
Price of Workshop:  $400


Workshop Description

This workshop explores narrative in both fiction and nonfiction for writers at any stage of their development.  The daily schedule is as follows:

9:00 – 10:00:  Techniques warm-up — a lecture and exercises on an aspect of narrative writing relevant to the submissions to be discussed that day.  (Participants may opt to request a particular topic.)

10:00 – 11:00:  Group discussion of submission #1

11:00 – 12:00:  Group discussion of submission #2

12:00 – 12:30:  Private follow-up conversation with instructor for writer #1

12:30 – 1:00:  Private follow-up conversation with instructor for writer #2

Please submit a complete narrative or excerpt (maximum length — 5000 words) to be read and discussed with your workshop peers.  If you have a particular concern with your writing, please include a short note for the instructor; this won’t be shared with the group.  (e.g. I’d like to improve the dialogue in my story.  Or: I don’t understand the motivation of my main character.)

All genres are welcome:  novel excerpts, short stories, narrative non-fiction and writing for children.  For excerpts, please include a brief synopsis of the entire work.

Some Possible Topics:

  • Beginnings
  • Developing a prose style
  • Creating believable characters
  • Crafting realistic dialogue
  • The four types of prose used in narrative writing
  • Structure and pacing
  • Plotting
  • Successful scenes
  • Point of view
  • Using symbols effectively
  • Allusion
  • Transitions
  • Endings — effective and ineffective
  • Psychological aspects of writing (blocks, resistance, developing a practice)
  • Self-editing
  • Getting published

Registration open May 1st 2019.

Once you have successfully registered in the Workshop, please send the work you wish to have discussed to the Festival workshop organizer (Janice Hayward, at no later than June 15th.   This will be passed on to the instructor.  You will receive copies of the other workshop participants’ work and you are expected to have read these prior to the Workshop.