Blueprint for Writing a Short Story, Novel, Memoir with International Award Winner, Donna Morrissey. Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Donna Morrissey will teach you to bring story to life. She will demonstrate how to take events from the past, connect them to emotion, and combine truth with fiction to write an engaging story. This six-week course will teach you to: CLASS 1: STORY: Everyone has a story to tell. Our challenge is to bring that story to the page with words that live. Learn to: -Tap into poignant moments/events from one’s past -Identify the emotions connected to that moment -Combine truth with fiction to create short stories BLUEPRINT: The fairytale is still the most popular form of storytelling. Learn: -Non-fail model to shape your short story -Recognize where a story begins, ends, and build plot -Find the Heart of your story -Bring your story to life CLASS 2: SETTING: A place that your reader can see, smell, touch. -Learn to write three-dimensional SETTINGS to reveal character. -Deepen sense of place and time in which your story takes place. -Use setting to advance your story. -The last 40 mins will be spent Editing two participants’ stories. CLASS 3: TONE/MOOD: Emotion is our universal language. -Learn to connect both your reader and character to your story -Create atmospheric scenes that will, -Evoke emotional reactions from your character and your reader. SCENES: Each scene is a mini short-story. -Learn the three components of a good scene -The three types of changes a scene must bring -When a scene is finished -Th e last 40 mins will be spent Editing two participants’ stories. CLASS 4: CHARACTERS: See your story through their eyes. -When to show and when to tell. -Techniques for bringing backstory/history forward without turning your story into a history lesson/ -Show who your characters are through narrative, dialogue, associative thinking -The last 40 mins will be spent Editing two participants’ stories. CLASS 5: DIALOGUE in writing is not about two or more people having a conversation. - Use dialogue to reveal background information, attitude, and conflict -Write strong, story-advancing dialogue -Avoid the many many many pitfalls of dialogue -The last 40 mins will be spent Editing two participants’ stories CLASS 6: WRITING GREAT SENTENCES. Sometime we gotta mess things up. -Read critically and become your own mentor -To leave the comfort zone of nice, tidy sentences -The concept of modelling to express one’s self more creatively -Experiment with rhythm and repetition -The last 40 mins will be spent Editing two participants’ stories Donna welcomes: Beginners eager to craft their first story; Writers wishing to enrich their story-telling skills: Those curious about the writing experience and ‘wanna check it out’. Date: Jan. 30 – Mar 6 Time: 6PM – 9PM Coffee and snacks to be provided. Fee: $285.00 Registration: Email Karalee Clark @ Or, email Donna directly at: donnamorrissey@ns.sympatico.ca Location: St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Rd. (corner of Chebucto and Mumford)

Location: 
St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Rd. (corner of Chebucto and Mumford)
Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event Contact: 
Karalee Ann <karalee_ann@hotmail.com> Donna Morrissey donnamorrissey@ns.sympatico.ca