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!