Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

2017 Winter – Turning Life Into Story

Turning your Life into Story… and into publication

Facilitated by Sue Reynolds

Place: OSHAWA – Trent University in Oshawa, Room 105
Times: 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Dates: Monday nights, January 30 – March 27 (please note – there is no class on Feb. 20)
Registration: $220 (WCDR members 10% discount – $198.00)

This 8 week course shows participants how to find the germs of story in personal experience (their own or those of their family and friends) and transform them into short fiction.
Through the study of existing short stories and learning writer’s craft techniques, authors will experiment with their own tales.

Homework can be submitted privately for individual feedback each week.
By the end of the course writers will produce one or two polished stories and, if they choose, “put a stamp on it” – i.e., identify a contest or journal they think is an ideal market for their story and send the piece off.

January 30 — Defining and Exploring the Idea of Short Story
February 6th — Going where there’s a knot
February 13th — the Locus of the Story
PLEASE NOTE – no class on February 20th
February 27th — There comes a moment – Transformation… or not
March 6th — Tied up in a bow or untied shoelaces?
March 13th — Objective Correlative – supportive metaphor and imagery
March 20th — Editing and Refining
March 27th — Put a Stamp on it

Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist. She teaches writing through workshops in the community, in college continuing education programs, and in social services settings. She writes and has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and non-fiction.
She has been leading writing groups since 1998 and has been certified to lead workshops in the Amherst Writers method since 2002. She is licensed to work with groups doing expressive writing for wellness as well.

She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for 12 years, a program for which she received the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.


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    $220.00 + HST

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    $198.00 +HST