Part of being a writer-in-residence is sharing what you know about writing with the community in which you are residing. I didn’t realize how much I had picked up over my two decades of learning to write until I led a few sessions when I was here for the mini-residency in March and April. And so, beginning Tuesday, September 3rd, I’ll lead a seven-week series of 2-hour creative writing classes for ages 14+ at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre. I’ll share tips and tricks I’ve learned from various writers over the years.
Here’s what’s in store:
September 3: In the write space provides opportunity for you to:
- explore your artistic energy;
- become familiar with your creative process; and
- develop techniques for entering into writing.
September 10: Stop and smell the roses will focus on
- considering the impact of sensory data in your writing;
- techniques to evoke the senses; and
- making sense work in your work.
September 17: Re-envisioning the words is about taking another look at what you’ve written. We’ll explore:
- ways to see differently;
- the subtle differences among revision, rewriting and editing; and
- peer into another’s words
September 24: The workshop method is a proven way to improve writing. In this session we’ll look at:
- the value of critique;
- common sense rules for workshopping; and
- how to give and receive feedback.
October 1: The poetry is in the details is a phrase that was given to me by a mentor, early on in my learning to write creatively. I’ve found it to be useful for all kinds of writing. In this session we’ll explore:
- what a poem is and is not;
- a variety of poetic forms; and
- the power of condensed and heightened language.
October 8: Spinning yarns: elements of fiction is the session in which we’ll explore writing fiction. We’ll look at:
- what makes a story work;
- the wordcounts in different types of fiction, including flash fiction, short stories, novellas and novels; and
- character, plot, setting and theme.
October 15: The realm of nonfiction is broad. We’ll explore its breadth:
- from journalism to creative nonfiction;
- when a fact is not a fact; and
- the art of memory.
Thanks to the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board through its Creative Partnerships program, these classes are FREE. Attend one or attend all. No registration required. We ask that you please arrive at 7:00 pm sharp.
If you’d like more information, please leave a comment below or email me: lmlcc.wir (at) gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.