Registration for The Writing Week is now closed.

The Writing Week with facilitator Caroline Adderson 

(formerly known as the Writer in Residence program)

 Monday to Friday July 10 – 14, 2017    9:00 – 1:00 daily in the Arts Centre

 Price of Workshop: $350.00

Class limit: 10

For description of this Workshop click here:   The Writing Week

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Half-day Workshops:

Thursday July 13th, 2:00 – 5:00 at the Community School
Kim June Johnson: “The Craft of Songwriting”

Class limit: 10

Instructor begins with a few songs, personal stories about her songwriting work and her experience of craft (1 hour)

Song Writing workshop with Kim June Johnson

What Makes a Great Song:  discussing tunes we know and love (30 minutes)
The Songwriter’s Practice (30 minutes)

  1. Getting Going:  tools and exercises to get the juices flowing
  2. Creative Habits:  tips and practices to help you find a way in
  3. Achieving Flow:  nourishing your creative life as a songwriters
  4. On Craft:  a brief chat about song structure

Break into groups to write a song from a prompt given by instructor (45 minutes – includes optional sharing)
Questions and Answers about craft, etc.  (15 minutes)

Materials:  Course includes handouts.  Participants should bring pen and paper, or notebook.  Instruments beneficial but not required.

Find out more about Kim June Johnson here.

Thursday July 13th, 2:00 – 4:00, at the Community School
Andrew Nikiforuk:  “What’s An Environmentalist To Do?”

This program is now full.  If you wish to have your name on a cancellation list, please email the Registrar at

Discussion limit:  10

A dialogue about how to respond to a string of unending emergencies and political inertia.

Friday July 14, 9:00 – 12:00, at the Community School
Charlotte Gray:  “Bringing Life to History”‘

This workshop is now full.  If you wish to have your name on a cancellation list, please email the Registrar at

Class limit:  10

Just because it’s true doesn’t make it interesting:  just because it’s interesting doesn’t make it true.

Whether you are working on a personal memoir, a family history or an episode in our collective past, chronology is not enough.  But how do you capture the taste, look, smell, feel and sounds of history?  How do you stick to the facts when you are fleshing out a story?  How do you bring characters alive, and uncover the web of relationships that make non-fiction read like a good novel?

Charlotte Gray will describe how she approaches the challenges and learned her craft.  She will take you through exercises to sharpen your writing and observational skills, and will explain how she divides construction of a convincing story into four distinct phases.

Workshop objectives:  Participants will learn strategies to deal with research, writer’s block and self-editing.

Friday July 14th, 2:00 – 5:00, at the Community School
Missie Peters:  “Spoken Word – From Page to Stage”

Class limit:  10

Learn how to take your writing from the page to the stage and understand the elements of a spoken word piece.  Whether you want to understand what ‘slam’ is or want to become more confident reading on stage, this workshop is for you.  Bring a pen and paper for writing.  Then, be ready to be on your feet.

Saturday July 15th, 9:00 – 12:00, at the Art Centre
Andrew Struthers:  “Writing for Laughs”

Class limit:  10

Learn how to write and sell humour in a world hungry for chuckles.  The best way to hook a reader is with humour.  The easiest way to lose one is with a bad joke.  This workshop will show you how humour works on the page, how to generate funny ideas and set them down, and most importantly, how to avoid making the reader cringe with humour that doesn’t quite hit the mark.


Cost for Half-Day Workshops is $60; cost for Dialogue with Andrew Nikiforuk is $20.

CANCELLATION POLICY – We regret we cannot reimburse registration fees beyond the week prior to the workshop date.

If you are a resident of Denman Island and a member of Arts Denman you may be eligible for an Art Education Grant (click on link).