Writer Workshops 2012

Workshops limited to 20 participants.
Venues in downtown Wingham, Ontario
– North Huron Museum & Huron County Library, Wingham Branch –
Costs:  $30 adults / $20 teens (13-19 yrs).
 
Call Blyth Festival at 519-523-9300 / 1-877-862-5984 to register today!

WORKSHOP # 1

Poetry Performance Workshop
with
Daniel Kolos 

Saturday, September 29, 2012
10a.m. – noon
North Huron Museum, 273 Josephine Street, Wingham

Reading and writing poetry are private pleasures.  Reading poetry in front of an audience is a performance.  No matter how good a poet you are, if you come across weakly or with anxiety, enjoyment of your poems will be compromised.

With a few simple exercises you can transform your presentation into a delightful performance that will benefit both you and your audience.

More about Daniel Kolos

 WORKSHOP # 2

Writing for Screens of all Sizes

Saturday, September 29, 2012
10a.m. – noon
Huron County Library, 281 Edward Street, Wingham  N0G 2W0

Writer/teacher Randall Lobb will share some structures and strategies for young writers who might be looking to get their words out into the world on screens of all sizes. The elements of writing short videos for Youtube, web series, documentaries and even feature films will be discussed, broken down and analyzed for patterns writers can put to good use in their own work.

More about Randall Lobb

 WORKSHOP # 3

Chapter One, Page One:  How to start your crime novel with impact.
with Vicki Delany

Saturday, September 29, 2012

2p.m. – 4p.m.
at North Huron Museum, 273 Josephine Street, Wingham

Publishers and agents are busy people. They will decide whether or not to read your novel submission in the first few pages, perhaps even the first page. If that gets their interest, they might read another twenty manuscript pages and then decide whether or not to continue. Modern readers aren't prepared to spend a lot of time slowly getting into a story. You need to get them hooked. And FAST.

This doesn't necessarily mean a gun fight on page one or a dead body in the first paragraph. But it does mean creating a dramatic opening, introducing interesting characters and avoiding common pitfalls that lead to a dull start. Vicki Delany, one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers, will discuss ways of starting your book off so readers just have to keep on reading!

 
 
WORKSHOP # 4
E and Me:  A Writer's/Reader's Guide to e-Books
with A.R. Grobbo
 
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
2p.m. – 4p.m.
Huron County Library, 281 Edward Street, Wingham  N0G 2W0
 
e-Books:   What and why they are, how to write one, how to read one … workshop leader Anne Grobbo draws from personal experience as an e-published author.  Included are tips on how to use the internet to become a better writer; websites that are a "must" for a fledgling author, where to look (and lurk!) for useful information about publishing and marketing electronic books.
 

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