Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Writing Stories from Our Lives

Humans are the Story Species. It’s one of the few characteristics we share across cultures, across genders, across ages — we understand our lives and ourselves through the stories we tell.

In this set of eight writing workshops we will be practicing how to make our ideas into essays, our memories into memoirs and our lives into literature.

Each class will cover some aspect of the writing craft – the skills necessary to create strong prose that engages the reader and keeps them turning the page, including strong characterization, sensory description, vivid details, metaphors and accuracy.

The classes will also cover how to overcome hesitation about writing personal material, and how to transform material that may have begun as personal experience into stories that are transformative either as memoir, or as fiction.

We will be sharing our writing in class in a safe and respectful environment.

Participants will be encouraged to polish at least one of the pieces prepared in class to submit to a writing contest or a call for submission.

The best writing in the short story class as chosen by the Blue Heron Selection Panel, will be forwarded to editor Adrienne Kerr at Penguin Canada for personal feedback and consideration.

Sunday evenings, 7 – 9:30 pm, 8 weeks, starting Sunday September 23rd

Location: Blue Heron Bookstore in Uxbridge

Registration fee: $240.00 plus HST

Course fee includes a copy of the text.

To Register: Click this link to go to BLUE HERON BOOKS and sign up there.