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Writers Studio |  Ticketed Event

1. Selling Your Story: Agent’s Pitch Assessment *REGISTRATION FULL*

Zoom Webinar

Hoping to land an agent for your brilliant work-in-progress or finished manuscript? Book your 10-minute time slot now for a chance to pitch your pet project to agent Stephanie Winter, of P.S. Literary Agency. The agency represents a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling, and debut creators. Their client list ranges from literary and […]

9. Writing Outside the Box

Zoom Webinar

Molson Award-winning experimental fiction writer Diane Schoemperlen shares her “box of tricks”, offering techniques for opening yourself to experimentation with literary form by using the page in unique ways, re-imagining the arrangement of text on the page, or incorporating visual elements. For the non-adventurous or stuck writer, or one who feels creativity welling but isn’t […]

10. Writing the Real *SOLD OUT*

Zoom Webinar

*SOLD OUT* Award-winning author Joan Thomas investigates the literary sweet spot where imagination and actuality meet and cross-pollinate. As a class, you will look at the approaches of various novelists who treat real characters and events in forceful and contemporary ways. Joan talks about the research and writing processes she has developed when writing fiction […]

15. Oral Storytelling 101

Zoom Webinar

For anyone wishing to capture stories of elderly family members or special groups in the community, this is the perfect starter course. Oral historian Sara Franklin walks participants through the practice of collecting oral histories through interviews. Beginning with a brief overview of oral history theory and ethics, Sara invites you to engage several exercises: […]

20. Writing the Natural World *SOLD OUT*

Zoom Webinar

*SOLD OUT* Novelist, poet, and non-fiction author Helen Humphreys finds the natural world close to her heart these days, but her deep love for the natural world is manifest throughout her writing. In this class, Helen shares this passion with participants, sharing strategies in an informal talk that will be punctuated with a few short […]

22. Working with Negative Space in Fiction *SOLD OUT*

Zoom Webinar

*THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT* Award-winning novelist and professor of creative writing at UBC, Annabel Lyon leads this class. Borrowing from other artistic genres, the class looks at how the idea of negative space applies in prose fiction. With lecture and shared discussion of a reading, Annabel explains concepts of subtext, silence, and what goes […]

WS1. How to Craft a Compelling Story

Zoom Webinar

In this hilarious and empowering workshop, Richard Van Camp will share the two most powerful words you have as a writer to help you sculpt and hone your stories. He'll also talk to you about writing from revenge for your characters and for yourself. Writing can be healing, mending and renewing. We are going to […]

$30

WS2. The Voice of the Poem

Zoom Webinar

How to Write for Performance As a poet, writer, and dancer, Abena Beloved Green seeks to create, engage, and elevate through words and movement. In this workshop co-presented by Calliope Collective, Abena will draw on her knowledge of multiple artistic disciplines to guide participants through the process of writing a creative piece with an emphasis […]

$30

WS3. Beginnings and Endings

Zoom Webinar

While every element of crafting a story is important, the beginning and end of a piece are likely the most memorable for a reader. A strong start draws the reader in, while a strong ending leaves them with a sense of satisfaction and a desire to read more. In this masterclass, Mark Anthony Jarman will […]

$30

WS6. Building Earths and Bending Genres: World-Building

Zoom Webinar

Every story that we write has its roots in a world that comes from somewhere—whether it’s the world that we all know, a world that’s completely imagined, or some mixture of the two, the process of world-building is crucial to anchoring your narrative and helping your story to shine. But how exactly does one go […]

$30

WS7. Two Paths to a Draft: Finding your material through form

Zoom Webinar

In this interactive online workshop, Susan Olding will analyze sample texts, review differing approaches to beginning a piece of writing, flex our writing muscles with a few prompts, and consider the importance of form and structure across the genres. You’ll go away with resources and suggestions for further reading, writing, and reflection. This workshop should […]

$30

WS9. No Poem or Story Begins Until the Word “But” Appears

Zoom Webinar

In this workshop, Steven Heighton will lead the group to consider a literary ingredient that’s both vital and invisible: the emotional or dramatic pivot/hinge marked by the word “but” or some equivalent term. This hinge signals the complication, and thus the conflict, at the heart of any story or poem; it’s a switch that ends […]

$30

WS10. Writing the Quest: Inanna

Zoom Webinar

The ancient stories of Inanna from Mesopotamia are the oldest written poetry and song in the world. They tell about Inanna’s journey from a young goddess in a storm to the all-powerful goddess of justice, about her quest for wisdom and love and a new home. This archetypal story resonates with contemporary writers. In Kim […]

$30

WS11. The Art of Translation

Zoom Webinar

“Writers make national literature, while translators make universal literature.” – José Saramago In this workshop, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning translator Rhonda Mullins will give you an inside look into the world of translating in Canada. From getting started as a translator to developing a style and voice that faithfully brings the spirit of the original […]

$30

WS12. Taking Care: How to Balance Art with Self-Compassion

Zoom Webinar

Art can be a transformative and healing practice, but it can also take its toll. From self-doubt, burnout, creative block to public scrutiny, there are many potential pitfalls to navigate for both budding and established artists. In this workshop, Kirsteen Macleod talks about the toll that the quest for honesty, vulnerability and truth can take […]

$30

WS1. Writing a Great Picture Book

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Writers Retreat Master Class with Cary Fagan A great picture book is a wonderful little secret shared with a child. And what is more joyful than talking about this beautiful form? In this workshop you will learn the structure of the picture book, how words and images need to enhance each other, how to search […]

WR2. Life Lessons: Telling Your Story 85% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

As a filmmaker, playwright, award-winning poet, biographer, and literary scholar, Armand Garnet Ruffo knows well that there is more than one way to tell a story. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, this workshop will provide insight into how to use kernels of experience to tell your story in your own unique way.  […]

WR3. Forging Your Creative Path

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

In this interactive workshop, Certified Integral Professional Coach Barbara Bell will lead participants through a series of activities that are part of the Creative Path Project. This is your opportunity to truly explore what creativity means to you, identify barriers to expressing your creativity, and investigate how to allow your Creative self to take its […]

WR4. Writing Historical Fiction

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Bringing history to life through fiction takes meticulous research and an artist’s eye for detail. In this masterclass, bestselling historical fiction author Eva Stachniak offers techniques to help you inhabit the world and period you are depicting. Eva will guide you through writing exercises, offer examples creative writing techniques from her and others’ writing, and […]

WR5. Back to Basics 75% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Writers Retreat Master Class with Lawrence Scanlan Whether it's for a memoir, a blog, fiction or non-fiction, journalism or creating a podcast, the writer needs some basic tools - foremost among them, interviewing skills. You need to post the right questions, in the right order, and you need to really listen, and respond. This class […]

WS6. Writing Vivid Characters 85% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

In this workshop, Giller and GGLA short-listed author Shyam Selvadurai will look at various techniques that can be used to bring characters alive on the page, both in fiction and non-fiction. He will illustrate with examples from his new novel Mansions of the Moon and demonstrate specifically how he dealt with certain problems of character […]

WS7. Writing Comedy 73% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Ali Hassan wears a lot of funny hats. He’s made his name as a stand-up comic touring Canada with Just for Laughs, as a film and television actor, and as a regular CBC radio host on numerous shows. He’s not shy, and he knows how to make people laugh. In this workshop, he’s here to […]

WR8. Writing Through the “I” 70% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Writers Retreat Master Class with Nancy Jo Cullen  In this master class we will explore how to transform personal experience into poetry. Through discussion and using examples from other poets, we will develop and investigate strategies used to write autobiographical poems. With attention to craft, we will then work on creating a poem each within […]

WR9. The Fine Art of Fictionalizing Our Lives 93% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Writers Retreat Master Class with John Elizabeth Stinzi. This master class will consist of exercises and discussions to help participants get in touch with their own interests and beliefs, as well as to help develop pragmatic strategies for writing fictionalized accounts of very personal, emotional moments in their lives. This class will help participants see […]

WS10. There’s More Than One Way To Get Unstuck 75% SOLD

Crawford Room, Holiday Inn

Do you have a story to tell, but find yourself stuck on where, or how to start? Let poet, author, and creative writing instructor Stuart Ross get you out of that creative funk with this invigorating workshop. Using flash fiction, poetry, personal essay and experimentation, Stuart will show you that there’s more than one angle […]

WS11. How to Get Published

Lakeview, Delta Hotel 1 Johnson St, Kingston, Ontario

You’ve written the manuscript, polished your poems, and you’re ready to share it with the world. Now what? Join Kwame Fraser, president of Dundurn Press, as well as several of Dundurn’s star authors, Sifton Anipare, Jowita Bydlowska,  Jerry Fontaine, Don McCaskill and  J.J. Martin, to find out best practices, how to find your niche, and […]

WR12. Blogging and Social: Finding Your Focus

Lakeview, Delta Hotel 1 Johnson St, Kingston, Ontario

Join Keep Up with Kingston's Tianna Edwards for an inside look at writing for a virtual audience. Learn how to work through the noise of blogging and social by finding your voice and streamlining your messaging. We'll word through content creation, curation, and search engine optimization. Ticket includes complimentary coffee, tea, and baked goods. **Please note: […]

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