The Writing Week

2020 Writing Week   - This workshop is now full - if you wish to go on a cancellation list, please email

The (Online) Writing Week with facilitator Caroline Adderson

 Monday - Friday, July 13 - 17, 2020

Time:  Five days,  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location:  Online via Skype
Class Limit:  8
Price of Workshop:  $350

Caroline Adderson

Workshop Description

This workshop - an on-line Skype version of the annual Writing Week - explores narrative in both fiction and nonfiction for writers at any stage of their development.  The daily schedule below assumes 8 participants.  The length of time spent on each activity will be modified in the case of fewer participants (a minimum of 6 participants are required for the workshop to run).

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

Participants will re-write their submission based on the feedback received during the workshop.  Friday's class will include a group reading of the rewrite.

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 midnight May 5th 2020.

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.