This is a workshop for writers and aspiring writers of short and long fiction. In-class exercises will be designed to stimulate creative thought as well as explore key elements—structure, point of view, character, voice, dialogue and style—which compromise excellent works of literature. The purpose of these exercises will not be to provide a set of rules on what to do and what not to do, but rather to expand the new writer’s technical “toolbox”. In class discussions cover a wide range of topics from good grammar to re-writing strategies to publishing tips. Participants will be encouraged to submit works-in-progress to be read, analyzed and discussed within the context of these techniques.
It has been said that the art of storytelling is what creates a shareable world and nowhere is this axiom more true than in the stories we tell our children. This course is designed for new writers wanting to develop the necessary skills to organize and articulate their stories. Through in-class discussion and writing exercises, this course covers the basic elements of storytelling as well as the distinguishing features of the main genres in children’s literature: the picture book, the easy reader, the middle reader, and the young adult. You are encouraged to submit works-in-progress in one or
more genres that will be workshopped within the group.
Capilano University | 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V7J 3H5 Tel: 604.986.1911
Squamish | 1150 Carson Place, Squamish, British Columbia Canada V8B 0B1 Tel: 604.892.5322
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