SHORT STORY WORKSHOP
Have you always wanted to write short fiction but don’t know where to start?
Kathryn Mockler is offering an online course for those who are new to fiction writing. The course starts January 15, 2017.
In this five-week online course, award-winning writer, editor, publisher, and creative writing professor Kathryn Mockler will lead you through the process of idea generation, drafting, and revising a short story.
Writing exercises, assignments, readings, and discussions focus on the fundamental elements of writing short fiction including setting, structure, theme, character, dialogue, voice, and point-of-view. Participants will provide feedback on the work of their peers and will receive a critique on one short story.
FORMAT: Online & Video Conferencing
LIMIT: 8 participants
STARTS: January 15, 2017
DAY/TIME: Sundays mornings 11:00am to 12:30pm (Eastern Time Zone)
About Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler has taught short fiction, poetry, screenwriting, experimental writing since 2003 at four post secondary institutions. She currently teaches creative writing at Western University where she received the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching.
She has had six short films produced, is the author of The Purpose Pitch, The Saddest Place on Earth, and Onion Man, and is the Publisher of The Rusty Toque and the Toronto Editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction.
The poetry and fiction she's published has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Her undergraduate creative writing students have published in Vallum, Ditch, Poetry is Dead, The Malahat Review, and many other journals and they've gone on to study creative writing and screenwriting at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UBC, Guelph-Humber, Humber Film and Television Program, York University, U of T.
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Write Now! Speaker Series is pleased to present Ian Williams on Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 4:00pm.
Open to the public. All are welcome.
Location: Western University, UCC-56
Please join Western’s Write Now! Speaker Series for a reading and Q&A with Ian Williams, the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone's Anything, winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Visit www.ianwilliams.ca.
Please join Western’s Write Now! Speaker Series for a reading and Q&A with Evan Munday, the author and illustrator of the acclaimed series of novels for young adults, The Dead Kid Detective Agency (ECW Press). The first two books in the series were both nominated for the Silver Birch Award. He was the publicist at Toronto-based literary press, Coach House Books, for eight years, currently works as the interim director for The Word on The Street Toronto.
I have new short story over at Cosmonauts Avenue called "Sit Down Beside Megan." Thanks to the editors and Max Winter for this neat illustration.
Please join Western’s Write Now! Speaker Series for a reading and Q & A with Armand Garnet Ruffo a writer and scholar who draws on his Ojibway heritage for his work. In 2016 he co-edited Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview Press). In 2015 he published The Thunderbird Poems, based on the paintings of the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau (Harbour), and that same year his creative biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre) was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Please join the International Festival of Authors and Western’s Write Now! Speaker Series for a reading and Q&A with award-winning author and arts columnist at The Globe and Mail, Kate Taylor. Her debut novel, Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, was a national bestseller, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada-Caribbean region), the City of Toronto Book Award, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award.
Daniel MacIvor visits Write Now! at Western University on November 2, 2016 at 4:00pm.
Location: University Community Centre, Room 56
Open to the public - free!
I'm thrilled to be hosting the Write Now! Speaker Series which is both a university class and a public reading series at Western University in London, Ontario.
Each week we invite a writer to read their work and answer questions about their process!
Cecily Nicholson is the author of Triage (2011) and From the Poplars (2014), winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry, both with Talonbooks. She is administrator of the artist-run centre, Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver. Her work, both creative and social, is often in collaboration with artists and educators. She facilitates the Surrey Teacher’s Association, Teachers Writing Group and is appointed to the Ethics Research Board for Emily Carr University. She has held residencies at: Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia Okanagan, University of Northern BC, the University of Windsor and Queens University.
Margaret Christakos is a widely known Canadian poet, fiction writer and writing mentor. She has published nine collections of poetry about the body, memory, relationship, social hope and public speech— including Multitudes (Coach House, 2013), Welling (Scrivener, 2010, a Globe100 book), What Stirs (Coach House, 2008, a Lowther Memorial Award nominee), Sooner (Coach House, 2005, a Lowther nominee), and Excessive Love Prostheses (Coach House, 2002, winner of a ReLit Award) — as well as a Trillium-nominated novel, Charisma (Pedlar, 2000). She has taught creative writing in association with University of Toronto, the Guelph-Humber MFA in Creative Writing program, and OCAD University. A new book of creative non-fiction, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies, was published in Spring 2016 by BookThug. She is Writer in Residence this year at the University of Western Ontario and the LPL. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she lives in Toronto with her three young-adult children.
Victoria Weibe is the author of numerous poems and three novels. Wiebe has been published in Occasus, Teen Ink and Creative Communications. She served as president of the Creative Writing Club and editor-in-chief of Nom de Plume literary journal for 2014-2015 and is the 2016-2017 Student Writer-in-Residence.
Monica Kidd is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent book is a collection of poetry, called The Year of Our Beautiful Exile (Gaspereau Press, 2015). She has won many awards for her journalism and essays, and writes with a “painterly eye.” She lives in Calgary, where she works as a family physician and tends to her young family.
Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based writer/director and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film Big Girl premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival where it was awarded the Best Short Film Award. Since then, Big Girl has screened at over thirty-five film festivals around the world—including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival—and was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Film. In 2010, Renuka was awarded the Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award by Women in Film and Television-Toronto and was mentored by director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen). In 2013, Renuka wrote and directed the short film Arranged for TMN, Movie Central, and the Harold Greenberg Fund. She has recently directed web content for CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, episodes of the kids TV show Playdate for Sinking Ship Entertainment and has completed her third short film, A Bicycle Lesson. Currently, she is developing her feature film projects: How to go to a Wedding Alone and Sex with the Perfect Stranger. Renuka has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto.
Fred Wah, Order of Canada, was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939 but grew up in the Kootenays in southeast British Columbia. He has published since the early 1960s and is a former Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Recent books are Diamond Grill, a biofiction (NeWest Press, 1996); Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of essays (NeWest, 2000); and two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light (Talonbooks, 2008) and is a door (Talonbooks, 2009). In 2015 Talonbooks published Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991.
Don McKay has published numerous books of poetry and several books of essays. The poetry has been recognized with a number of awards, including two Governor General’s Awards and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent book of essays,The Shell of the Tortoise, received the Winterset Prize for Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador Writing for 2011.Paradoxides, his most recent book of poems, winner of the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry, includes meditations on geology and deep time, while pursuing ongoing obsessions with birds and tools. Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems was published by icehouse poetry, an imprint of Goose Lane Editions, in 2014.Don McKay lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Daniel MacIvor is a playwright/actor/director who is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and divides his time between Halifax and Toronto. He has written numerous award-winning theatre productions including See Bob Run, Communion, Marion Bridge and His Greatness and with Daniel Brooks created the solo shows House, Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac and This Is What Happens Next. Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You and he was awarded the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of the New York Obie Award and a GLAAD Award. Most recently he wrote the screenplay for Bruce McDonald’s “Weirdos” that had its world premiere this year at TIFF. He is currently touring the solo show Who Killed Spalding Gray? and is working on the libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company. In development is a new touring show The Myth of Authenticity for reWork Productions.
Kate Taylor is an award-winning novelist and an arts columnist at The Globe and Mail. Her debut novel, Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, was a national bestseller, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada-Caribbean region), the City of Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Armand Garnet Ruffo is a writer and scholar who draws on his Ojibway heritage for his work. Born in Chapleau, northern Ontario, his roots extend to the Sagamok Ojibway First Nation and the Chapleau Fox Lake Cree First Nation. He is recognized as one of the earliest contributors to both contemporary Indigenous literature and Indigenous literary criticism in Canada. In 2016 he co-edited Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview Press). In 2015 he published The Thunderbird Poems, based on the paintings of the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau (Harbour), and that same year his creative biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre) was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone's Anything, winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; andYou Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Visit www.ianwilliams.ca.
Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed series of novels for young adults, The Dead Kid Detective Agency (ECW Press). The first two books in the series were both nominated for the Silver Birch Award. The third, Loyalist to a Fault, got a thumbs-up from his mother. He was the publicist at Toronto-based literary press, Coach House Books, for eight years, currently works as the interim director for The Word on The Street Toronto, and once tied for second place in a Gilmore Girls trivia night.
I'm offering a five-week online short story workshop starting in January 2017.
This workshop is ideal for new writers who have always wanted to write short fiction but don't know where to start.
The course takes place online and through video conferencing on Sunday mornings (Eastern Time Zone).
There is a limit of 10 participants.
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The other day my husband and I were trying to park in front of our house. We live in Toronto and pay for street parking which is often difficult to get and requires a lot of parallel parking.
We parked in front of a house about five doors down from our apartment. The man who owns the house is an older man who is unwell. He’s also known in the neighbourhood for being difficult. He often gets into disputes with his next-door neighbour and doesn’t like anyone on or near his property.
When we got out of the car, the man started yelling at us that our car was too close to his property. He said his son was coming to visit, and we were blocking the driveway.
His next-door neighbour and her daughter were watching the whole thing. They took our side and told us to leave the car where it was.
We were not blocking driveway. Not even close.
The man started yelling and carrying on, so I went up to him, introduced myself, and told him that we lived a few houses down, and if his son could not get into the driveway, he could knock on our door and we would move the car.
This seemed to calm him down and he agreed.
We went inside.
Right now this is an anecdote that got resolved with little conflict.
However as a scenario, it has the potential to move from anecdote to story. But we have to raise the stakes and opposition and escalate the conflict.
Using this anecdote as a blueprint, write your own short scene or story in which you have a witness, a property owner, and a trespasser.
One character wants another character to get off their property. The story will resolve when your main character (which could be any one of the three) either gets or doesn’t get what they want.
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