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For Kevin Vallely, adventure photographer/writers work differently than nature photographers or writers, where it's about waiting for the perfect moment to come to you. For an adventure photographer/writer, it's all about being immersed in the unknown and being ready to capture the story when it jumps at you – sometimes literally. Kevin shares his images and answers your questions about writing in the wild, essential equipment, and how to protect camera gear, etc. Plan your own adventure expedition, or live vicariously through…Find out more »
Wildly popular food blogger and chef Dennis the Prescott (dennistheprescott.com) introduces you to the art of the story in images. Dennis believes that food photography presents a unique opportunity to tell your own story, your food philosophy, and your philosophy of image making, in one beautiful package. Carefully conceived and composed images are a kind of storytelling, and in this seminar, using his own sumptuous images, Dennis explains his own philosophy and story, and shows how you can too. Limited…Find out more »
Writer, visual artist, and calligrapher Amanda West Lewis offers a different kind of writing workshop, one that gives you a physical connection to writing and draws out your sense of the book as a tangible object, a source of pleasure, and a thing of beauty. And you’ll get the basics of the beautiful art of calligraphy. Come prepared to be creative and hands-on! No experience needed. Need paper, pens, or other supplies? Minotaur Games & Gifts will have various craft…Find out more »
Master storyteller Eva Stachniak shows you how to capture that famous historical figure (or your great great grandmother) by creating a voice that rings true. She’ll discuss how much to depend on archival evidence, where to look for relevant historical details to bring your character to life, and how not to get bogged down by research. Drawing from favourite historical fiction writers and her own writing experience, she shares tips and techniques for creating a fully fleshed fictional version of…Find out more »
When browsing a bookstore, how many readers set aside a book after the first page? Agents and editors can be just as tough. But the good news is that they will all read the first page. Merilyn Simonds teaches you to craft an opening that plunges your readers irresistibly into your story. You’ll look at first lines, first paragraphs, and first pages in a variety of genres, analyzing how they achieve their effects and developing the tools to assess your own first…Find out more »
Please note this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. KWF will be in touch with all ticket holders. Thank you. Although they can be challenging to find, accurate historical details from primary sources give your story or nonfiction piece credibility and contribute to your readers’ trust. Governor General’s Award winner, historian Karolyn Smardz-Frost, teaches you a methodology for how to locate and receive access to public records, archives, and personal collections that help you write accurately about traditions, customs,…Find out more »
Dialogue can be daunting. Join award-winning author Pasha Malla in this hands-on workshop on how to write dialogue that evokes character, and that resonates with truth of voice. Pasha takes you through the dialogue in the classic short story “Gaston” by novelist and playwright William Saroyan, and talks about the tools used by the author, and their effects. Then he’ll work with the class to write a scene, employing what you’ve learned. Limited enrolment 12:00 – 2:30 pm Sir John…Find out more »
Short of segueing directly to the aftermath, how do you write sex scenes that avoid cliché, pretension, coyness, or awkwardness? Award-winning author Karen Connelly leads you past internal or external barriers to write beautiful, funny, powerful sex scenes. She explains how to treat your characters as subjects in action, rather than objects being acted upon. Bring your notebooks, because Karen provides tips on how to round the scene by writing convincing physical description and sensory detail, and gives you short…Find out more »
Five of Elan Mastai’s screenplays have been made into films, most recently “What If – a.k.a. The F Word”, which won the Canadian Academy Award and the Writers Guild of Canada Award for best screenplay. He’s also adapted his own first novel for screen. Elan gives you the nuts and bolts of compressing a novel into a different format and shorter length, and how to transition exposition into directions, how to cut supporting characters and subplots, finding the key dialogue…Find out more »
NovelistMichelle Berry gives useful pointers about the fundamentals of a good opening chapter, and then moves on to how to explain how to develop great characters that leap off the page. She’ll assign a fun exercise: participants interview one another (questions will be provided) and then create an opening scene with a character that is based on the person you interviewed and in which you incorporate what you learned at the start of the class about openings. Come prepared to participate…Find out more »
Veteran editor Patrick Crean leads this roundtable, open to all writers, beginners or published, to discuss strategies to get your work published. What do editors look for? What are the differences between over-the-transom and solicited submissions? How do you find the right publisher for your kind of work? What do you need to know about submitting your manuscript? Patrick also opens it up for discussion, and encourages free-flowing conversation to encourage you to engage with other members of the writing…Find out more »