PEIWG 2011 Workshops

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WRITING FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOP

Deirdre Kessler: Writing Workshop Facilitator

PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series (Central)

Co-sponsored with the Department of English at UPEI

WHEN & WHERE

Saturday, April 30, 2011: UPEI, Main Building, Room 420

Presented before the 2011 PEI Writers’ Guild Annual General Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (will start promptly; refreshments will be served)

During this three-hour workshop participants will create storyboards for two children’s stories (one fiction; one non-fiction). Explorations of style, structure, and content will be enhanced by exemplary texts from Kessler’s extensive children’s literature collection.

Deirdre Kessler is author of over two dozen books, including a recent collection of poetry, AFTERNOON HORSES, and award-winning children’s books, LOBSTER IN MY POCKET and BRUPP RIDES AGAIN. She spent this past autumn in Tasmania, where she was artist in residence in the Cataract Gorge, Launceston. Acorn Press will publish her new book for very young children, DREAMTIME, in fall 2011. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature at UPEI. 

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Write to Surprise Yourself—in Poetry or Prose, Journal or Play

Dianne Hicks Morrow: Writing Workshop Facilitator

PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series (West)

In partnership with the Wyatt Programs

WHEN & WHERE

Saturday, May 7, 2011: Lefurgy Cultural Centre

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

(will start promptly; refreshments will be served)

FOR WHOM

This workshop is open to writers at all levels of development. Especially for those feeling kind of stuck!

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

If you have times when your inspiration has evaporated, this workshop is for you.  The tools you practise today will bring the juice back into your writing. You can continue to use these tools long afterward, to write ’til you surprise yourself.

Through guided writing exercises you’ll explore your own wonder and wanderings, both inner and outer.  Your resulting writing will surprise you.  And who knows where it will lead you—into writing a journal, a memoir, story, poem or play—it’s your choice.  A desire to explore your world through writing is all that’s required. You’ll have the opportunity to receive useful feedback on your new writing in a supportive environment.

Dianne Hicks Morrow is an award-winning poet, writing workshop facilitator, past president of the PEI Writers’ Guild, and recipient of the 2008 Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI. Acorn Press Canada has published her book of poetry, Long Reach Home, and her non-fiction book of 27 interviews, Kindred Spirits: Relationships that Spark the Soul. She has a new book of poetry being published this year.

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Write to Surprise Yourself—in Poetry or Prose, Journal or Play

Dianne Hicks Morrow: Writing Workshop Facilitator

PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series

In cooperation with Montague Library Writers’ Guild

& Southern Kings Arts Council

WHEN & WHERE

Saturday, May 28, 2011: Active Communities Inc.

540 Main Street, Main Floor Boardroom, Montague PE

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

(will start promptly; refreshments will be served; please enter by the side door)

FOR WHOM

This workshop is open to writers at all levels of development. Especially for those feeling kind of stuck!

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

If you have times when your inspiration has evaporated, this workshop is for you.  The tools you practise today will bring the juice back into your writing. You can continue to use these tools long afterward, to write ’til you surprise yourself.

Through guided writing exercises you’ll explore your own wonder and wanderings, both inner and outer.  Your resulting writing will surprise you.  And who knows where it will lead you—into writing a journal, a memoir, story, poem or play—it’s your choice.  A desire to explore your world through writing is all that’s required. You’ll have the opportunity to receive useful feedback on your new writing in a supportive environment.

Dianne Hicks Morrow is an award-winning poet, writing workshop facilitator, past president of the PEI Writers’ Guild, and recipient of the 2008 Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI. Acorn Press Canada has published her book of poetry, Long Reach Home, and her non-fiction book of 27 interviews, Kindred Spirits: Relationships that Spark the Soul. She has a new book of poetry being published this year.

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Introduction to Memoir & Life-Writing with Christy Ann Conlin

PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series

In cooperation with the Department of English at UPEI

Saturday, May 21, 2011: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building

(will start promptly; refreshments will be served)

Workshop Description: Mark Twain says there never was an uninteresting life, so come learn how to explore your own rich memories through a variety of exciting hands-on writing exercises in this three-hour creative writing workshop. Whether you are an aspiring writer, or simply want to collect and preserve your stories for your family, this workshop will equip you with the tools you need to start shaping and preserving your important memories.

Christy-Ann Conlin is the bestselling author of the novel, Heave.  Her memoir writing has been published in numerous anthologies, and magazines. Her radio documentary memoirs have been broadcast on CBC Radio. Christy-Ann has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is an online instructor for the University of Toronto. Her young adult novel, Dead Time, was published in January 2011, and her second adult novel, Listening to the Island will be published in 2013.

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Get Your Story Straight

An Introduction to writing a feature-length screenplay

Facilitator: Louise LaLonde

PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series

WHEN & WHERE

Saturday, September 17, 2011: Lefurgy Cultural Centre

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

(will start promptly; refreshments will be served)

“Get Your Story Straight” is an introduction to writing a treatment for a feature screenplay. Topics that will be covered during the workshop are: developing a story arc, creating characters, building conflict/tension, the rules of format and structure, approaches to writing a treatment, and tips on accessing your creativity. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss any projects that they may have in development. Come prepared for a stimulating and informative three-hours.

Louise Lalonde has been studying screenwriting for several years and is the driving force behind the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, a one-week intensive workshop on writing for the silver screen.

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WORKSHOP FEES

PEI Writers’ Guild members $20.00, Non-members: $30.00, Students $15.00

CONTACT to REGISTER or for more information

peiwritersguild@gmail.com

Please put in subject line Attention: PEIWG Workshop Enrollment

For further inquiries by phone, please call Yvette at (902)892-9788.

This workshop series was made possible with funding from the PEI Department of Tourism and Culture.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Hi Deirdre, We hope Launceston was able to contribute in spirit to Dreamtime. We look forward to buying a copy and sharing it with our children. Jamie LA

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