Who Gets to Tell the Story? A Fiction Workshop with Lisa Moore

Who Gets to Tell the Story?

This fiction workshop will focus on point-of-view – first person, second person, third person and every person in between. What does the omniscient narrator mean in the world of big data and google maps? How do we flit through time and space in the story to show the moments that concretize character and provoke epiphany? How do we follow the synaptic sparks of stream-of consciousness so that we know each character inside and out? 

Like the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin - how many points-of-view can fit in a single story? What is the role of the unreliable narrator and how does such a point-of-view create dramatic irony? What are the uses of psychic distance in narrative? What does the intimacy of the first person narrator offer the plot? And what are the drawbacks of a first person narrator?

What does it mean to switch point-of-view mid-narrative? Does a jarring point-of-view switch give a complacent reader an enlivening jolt? Does a seamless point-of-view switch help maintain suspension of disbelief? What is the only part of the newspaper written in the second person? What happens when the vocabulary and diction of the narrator differs from the characters? How do we employ point-of- view so that the reader gets a story the likes of which they have never heard before?

We’ll be digging into these questions and doing a few writing exercises to come up with the answers.

Participants are asked to find their daily horoscope on any date in (the week before the workshop)  in a newspaper or magazine. Note that the horoscope is written in the second person. Write a fictional story, no more than 500 words, based on the horoscope and also written in the second person. Note that the second person addresses a ‘you’. This point-of-view can create an eerie voyeuristic tone, or alternatively, a sense of intimacy. Use the horoscope to create a story with a beginning, middle and end. Make it rich in sensory detail, narrative tension, dialogue and action. Create atmosphere and a concrete setting. Be experimental. Have fun!!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC's Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year, and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Moore's most recent book, Something for Everyone, won the 2019 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

 

$49 for WFNS members

$79 for non-members

(No refunds available after the start of the course)

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave. 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN WFNS PROGRAMMING. THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET ON A WAITLIST, PLEASE EMAIL PROGRAMS@WRITERS.NS.CA

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Writing Picture Books

This is a hands-on writing workshop for beginning and emerging writers of children’s picture books. You will generate ideas for stories through writing activities, explore writing tools and technique, develop and workshop a new picture book manuscript, and receive feedback on your manuscript from the instructor and workshop participants. While the focus of this workshop is on writing, you will also learn something of the business of publishing picture books. No prerequisites or pre-existing writing are required to participate – come to creatively explore the craft of writing for children.

This workshop will take place at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax) in three parts over three Thursday evenings: 

Thursday, September 12, 6-9 pm

Thursday, September 19, 6-9 pm

Thursday, September 26, 6-9 pm 

This workshop is priced at $145 for WFNS members and $209 for non-members (includes a 2019 membership to the WFNS).

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(Author photo by Shyronn Smardon)

Shauntay Grant is the author of several picture books for children including Up Home, winner of a Best Atlantic Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, and Africville, nominated for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and she has shared her children’s poetry and prose internationally at festivals and events in Canada, the United States, England, the Caribbean, and Australia. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax (2009–11), she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. Visit her online at shauntaygrant.com.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$209.00
Member Price: 
$145.00
Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 9:00pm

First Words: Fiction

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a new session of First Words: Fiction for the fall 2019 season. This section of the nine-week fiction writing course will be led by Carol Bruneau, Stephanie Domet, and Carole Glasser Langille. This session will be offered on Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) beginning September 17. 

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Fiction provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.

Carol Bruneau – September 17 and 24, October 1

Carole Langille – October 8, 15, and 22

Stephanie Domet – October 29, and November 5 and 12

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Carol Bruneau is the author of five novels, including A Circle on the Surface (Nimbus/Vagrant Press, 2018), winner of the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, and three short story collections, including A Bird on Every Tree, a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won both awards in 2001. Her novel Glass Voices was a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007 and is a book club favourite. Bruneau’s reviews, stories and essays have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies. Two of her novels have been published internationally. She lives in Halifax. 

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, two collections of short stories and two children’s books, and has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and The Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. She has been Artist/Writer in Residence at the Dalhousie Medical School, and given writing workshops and readings in France, India, South Africa and Hawaii. She teaches in the creative writing program at Dalhousie University. 

Stephanie Domet’s debut novel, Homing (Invisible Publishing, 2007), won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award in 2008. Fallsy Downsies was published in October 2013 by Invisible Publishing, and won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award in 2014. She is at work on a third novel. Her non-fiction writing has been published in the National PostQuill & QuireThe CoastMindful, and other local and national outlets. In addition she has taught writing workshops at the Shelburne Writers’ Festival, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and the Tatamagouche Centre, and has served on literary arts juries for the Canada Council, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She lives in Halifax, where she makes a mean brisket, and is probably wearing something she sewed herself.

 

$215 for WFNS Members

$279 for non-members (includes a membership to the WFNS for 2019)

(Payment plans are available—please contact programs@writers.ns.ca)
(No refunds available after the start of the course)

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$279.00
Member Price: 
$215.00
Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:00pm

Alternatives to Traditional Publishing: An Author Panel

Join authors Jane Doucet, Andre Fenton, and Dawn Morrison for a discussion of their self-publishing experiences led by WFNS Programming & Membership Officer Annick MacAskill. There will be time allotted for questions from the audience. The panel will be followed by informal discussion. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Coming soon. 

 

$20 for WFNS members

$40 for non-members

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$40.00
Member Price: 
$20.00
Date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Taking the Next Step: Pitching Your Book to Publishers

You are working on a book and unsure of what to do next. This workshop will give you practical tips on how to put your best foot forward when pitching to a publisher. What should you emphasize? How do you make yourself stand out? Participants who have a project underway are encouraged to bring their pitch to the workshop where they will receive feedback.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Elaine McCluskey is the author of three books of short fiction and two novels. One of her stories was a Journey Prize finalist; another placed second in the Fish short story contest in Ireland. All of her books are set in the Maritimes and they have been described as darkly humorous. Elaine’s stories have been published in Canadian literary journals including The Dalhousie ReviewThe Antigonish ReviewRoomThe FiddleheadRiddle FenceQWERTYThe Puritan, and Other Voices. She has an MA from Western and is also a former non-fiction editor with Nimbus Publishing.

 

$49 for WFNS members

$79 for non-members

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 1M1
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Beauty, eh? A workshop for beginning and emerging writers on beauty and poetry

What makes something, including a poem, beautiful?

Is beauty still something to strive for in poetry?

What can beauty and beautiful poetry do to help our world?

Let's talk and write about it. In addition to discussing the topic of beauty and poetry, this workshop will lead participants through a series of prompts to write poems reflecting their experience of beauty.

This workshop is for beginning and emerging poets who want to get their hands dirty making beautiful things. Participants are asked to bring one item they find beautiful to the workshop.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Anna Quon is a Halifax poet and novelist who loves beauty and loves to think and talk about it with other people who care. She has a B.A. in English literature from Dalhousie University. Anna has created several short films featuring her poems, including Missing Women, which won the audience favourite award in the short shorts category at the 2017 Parrsboro Film Festival. Invisible Publishing released her first two novels, Migration Songs and Low, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She has self-published a number of chapbooks, and her first traditionally published chapbook is forthcoming.

 

$49 for WFNS members

$79 for non-members

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave. 

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm