Writing maybe a lot of hard work but it isn’t magic. This workshop looks at the basic building blocks of stories and examines how putting them together can take you from idea to first draft. Element breakdowns include; three-act story structure, desire-based plots, setting the setting and creating believable characters. Like returning home from the grocery store, you’ll have everything you need to get your story cooking!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 9:30 AM — 11:30 AM WRITERS' FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
In this workshop, we will discuss character, setting, point of view, imagery, and sensual detail by employing these elements of prose to create flash fiction ghost stories. We'll look at what it means to be haunted, how everything we try to bury or repress — our deepest fears, griefs, anxieties, desires — can crack through the hardened surface of our past. We'll unearth the contemporary injustices and social decay that sift through our domestic walls and coporate fortresses, in very iffy, uncanny, eerie, semi-corporeal forms, but forms fleshy enough to make the hairs stand up on our arms and send shivers all over.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM BMO COMMUNITY ROOM, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
In this workshop open to youth aged 10-14, we’ll explore the elements of storytelling with a focus on the “So What?” – why does what happens in the story matter to your characters, and to your readers? Learn about point of view, character development, building tension, raising the stakes… and come prepared to experiment as we go!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM ROOM 301, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
This free workshop is geared toward adults who are writing for young readers. Join award-winning, best-selling author Lawrence Hill as he shares ways to bring characters and stories to life. This is a free workshop with limited seats, so registration is required. This workshop will be held in Room 301 at Halifax Central Library.
What does it mean to make a poem? This 90-minute online workshop explores the idea of making poetry and what happens when written text becomes an image. This workshop will merge the writing studio and art studio into a blurred space where hand writing and graphic design combine to visually represent meaningful, emotional content.
Guided by writer and teacher Chantal Gibson, participants will practice graphic writing exercises inspired by examples from in her books How She Read and with/holding. With pen, markers, pencils and paper, participants will transform text into images to create unique graphic translations.
For this online workshop, participants should bring blank paper and pencils, pens, crayons and markers of different colours and thicknesses. No formal writing or drawing experience is required.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM WRITERS' FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
Printed words are static on the page, yet poets — enamoured by the metamorphic properties of life — are always trying to find ways to get their work to embody changefulness. In this workshop we’ll look at some examples of words that change, and try our hand at creating linguistic structures that both describe and embody transformation.
In this workshop, author and UBC journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee (Brown, Return) will explore the different ways writers can incorporate research and reporting into personal narratives—and, by drawing on similar techniques, how books of ideas and reporting gain extra layers of depth when anchored in personal stories. Whether you're writing a memoir, a heavily researched book (or both), this workshop will show how the personal and the universal intersect in planning, writing and editing your project.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 2:30 PM — 4:30 PM WRITERS' FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
Passing stories down orally from generation to generation is a foundational cultural practice for people around the world. Today, writers capture, adapt, and document spoken stories in many ways. Join author Waubgeshig Rice as he discusses how the oral stories of his Anishinaabe heritage influence his writing, and how he writes them in fiction. He’ll share tips on adapting oral traditions to written forms, with a focus on dialogue and character development.
PRESENTED BY LE CONSEIL COMMUNITAIRE DU GRAND-HAVRE
En participant à cet atelier haut en couleur et interactif, les jeunes écrivains pourront acquérir les connaissances de base qui leur permettront de bâtir un récit d’aventures. En s’appuyant sur les romans de la série Les aventures des Trois Mousquetaires, l’auteur démontrera, entre autres, comment donner vie aux personnages, établir le cadre de l’histoire et monter une intrigue bien ficelée. Les participantes et les participants en apprendront également sur les différents types de narration et le développement des dialogues.