Facilitator: Alexandra Leggat
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Durham College, Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue (just east of Thickson Road)
Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members
Overview: Writers of masterful fiction, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ray Bradbury et al, believed that to write well, one must learn how to write short. No matter what form or genre you write, the practice of writing short pieces sharpens a writers skills and enables them to tackle any type of writing with a sharp eye.
Throughout our workshop we will be honing our writing skills by first ridding our creative minds of any unnecessary clutter with a timed free-writing spree. Imagine horses being let out of the barn, kicking and bucking and running full out in an open field. Then we slowly reign ourselves in.
From this we are going to set the writing aside for a few minutes to discuss the process of free writing. Then we begin the journey of creating from the seeds you gravitate toward on the page in front of you. Step by step you are going to build a story that will initially exceed the perimeters of a postcard. As our day progresses, with feedback from your classmates, you will stretch, mould, sculpt, clip, mould, sculpt, your creative writing into a succinct, compelling work of postcard fiction that is submission ready.
By the end of our time together you will have sharpened your eye, enhanced the awareness of your particular strengths, and become even more in tune with your instinct and intuition and the beauty of the creative and editing process.
Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.
Bio: Alexandra is the author of the novel The Incomparables (Anvil Press), three short story collections; Animal (Anvil Press), short-listed for The Trillium Book Award, Meet Me In The Parking Lot (Insomniac Press) and Pull Gently, Tear Hear (Insomniac Press), short-listed for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award and the poetry collection This is me since yesterday (Coach House Books) which was noted as a Time Magazine upcoming poets feature. Her articles, reviews and creative non-fiction have been published by The Globe and Mail, Toro Magazine, The Danforth Review and Celtic Times. In Spring 2016, Alexandra started her own small publishing house Two Wolves Press. She teaches creative writing courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, with new courses starting at the Scarborough campus Winter 2017. She is at work on her next novel We Are Not The Fischers, to be published Fall 2017. She lives in West Hill with her two Alaskan Malamutes Lupa and Giacomo.