Master Class with Donna Morrissey – November 17, 2018


Donna Morrissey Facilitator:Donna Morrissey
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road)
Room: 11-11
Cost: $100 for members, $110 for non-members

Writing from Withing Your Characters

Sometimes we show and sometimes we tell – the art is in ‘when?’ Learn: -when to show and when to tell. -techniques for bringing backstory forward. -techniques for presenting history without turning your story into a history lesson. -to show who your characters are (don’t tell). -how to bring forward your character’s emotions through: narrative, dialogue and associative thinking.

Writing Good 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 -how scenes move a story forward

About Donna Morrissey

Donna has written six nationally bestselling novels. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S., and England. Her novel Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and she was nominated for a Gemini for best writing for the film Clothesline Patch. Her fiction has been translated into several different languages. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she now lives in Halifax.

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Reva Stern – May 12 Guest Speaker


Reva Stern at the May 12th Monthly Network Meeting!

Reva Stern

The Talk:

Ms. Stern will bring you along on her journey from law school drop-out- to theatre director/playwright- to full time writer/editor and published author/novelist. Perhaps her experience will be motivation for the writers and editors in the room to keep moving in the same forward direction until they reach their goal of seeing their work in print. Once in print, however, the reality settles in when you realize you have to stand before an audience and speak. Ms. Stern’s theatre background will help direct you toward that new path.

Mini-Workshop:

Many writers, teachers, lawyers, broadcasters and other professionals lack confidence in their ability to read or speak in front of an audience, no matter the size of the “crowd.” The goal is to make those who fear public speaking, become more compelling, entertaining, and engaging speakers. Ms. Stern will offer, to interested members, a taste of how to engage and charm your audience.

About Reva Stern

Writer, director, editor, teacher, designer Reva Stern was Artistic Director of a Toronto theatre for twenty years. She has been a Guest Director in Florida, Kansas City, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles and has collaborated with such notables as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Arthur Marx, William Gibson and Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. She has written and directed several original stage plays and has directed, produced or designed over 100 plays and directed over 40 TV series episodes. Ms. Stern was Regional Casting Director for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and Los Angeles from 1975 to 1993. She has been a guest speaker at esteemed venues such as The University of Miami, the Actor's Workshop, the New Play Festival in New York City, and the 'Playwright's Conference' at the University Of Pittsburgh. She has edited numerous scripts, short stories and novels for other writers and publishers. Her own writing, editing and publishing credits include journals, magazines and newspapers including the National Post, the Globe and Mail and several years as the editor of Wellness Way Publications. She is the published author of “The Water Buffalo That Shed Her Girdle.” Her manuscript "The Prescott Journals" was optioned for the screen and this will become her second published novel by a US publisher. Her third novel “I Say My Name” is under consideration by a Canadian publisher.

Sherry Hinman – April 21 Guest Speaker


Sherry Hinman at the April 21st Monthly Network Meeting!

Sherry Hinman
Sherry Hinman

How to Work with an Editor

Finished your book? If you’re hoping to shop your manuscript around to agents, having it professionally edited increases your chances it will get picked up; if you’re planning to self-publish, you’ll definitely want a keen pair of eyes on it before you shepherd it off to the printer. But how do you know when your manuscript is ready for editing? How should you prepare for the process? And how do you know what types of editing your manuscript needs (and should an editor be able to provide them all?) Sherry Hinman will address these and other topics related to working with an editor.

Mini-Workshop: Self-Editing: Tools of the Trade

Cap or lower case? Numerals or spelled out numbers? Singular or plural? Comma/no comma? Passive or active? Sometimes, the answers to these questions have a right or wrong answer, but often, the decisions are a matter of style. If you Google the question—oh, you’ll find answers! But how do you recognize the best ones? How do you know what’s a rule, what’s a style choice, and when it’s okay to make exceptions?

About Sherry Hinman

Sherry Hinman is a full-time editor, writer, and professor. She is a Certified Professional Editor (CPE) through Editors Canada (Certified Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural and Stylistic Editor) and is a former member of Editors Canada’s certification steering committee. Sherry is also a professor at Durham College, where she has taught adults for 16 years, and she has 10 years’ experience as a creative writing instructor at the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre. As a writer, Sherry has had over 100 articles published in magazines and newspapers, internationally, and she has had a few short stories published in anthologies. A respected member of Durham Region’s writing community, Sherry is a past president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and the founding chair of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. Prior to her career in editing, Sherry worked for many years as a speech–language pathologist and professional practice leader in a hospital setting. Her education includes a BA in linguistics from McGill University, a BSc and MSc in speech–language pathology from Université de Montréal, and an editing certificate from George Brown College.

Master Class with Sherry Hinman – June 23 2018

Testimonials Facilitator: Sherry Hinman Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road) Room: 11-11 Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Spit and Polish: Editing Your Own Work

When you write, your focus should be on one thing: the story. Once you’ve finished writing, that focus shifts to the experience of the reader. This is the work of editing, whether it’s for your own writing or that of others. In a full-day, hands-on, master class, Sherry will lead you through your own writing as well as exercises and writing samples to explore the types of editing you can apply to your own work. We will begin with an aerial view of narratives—fiction and non-fiction—and some of the more important considerations about the content and structure of stories. From there, we will zero in on the sentence level, with an examination of stylistic editing, which includes aspects like word choice, writing style, avoiding clutter, and so on. Finally, we will zoom in for a close-up on your writing, including some of the pitfalls of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Examples from published and unpublished writing will be used throughout, and participants are strongly encouraged to bring pieces of their own writing to work on.

About Sherry Hinman

Sherry Hinman is a full-time editor, writer, and professor. She is a Certified Professional Editor (CPE) through Editors Canada (Certified Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural and Stylistic Editor) and is a former member of Editors Canada’s certification steering committee. Sherry is also a professor at Durham College, where she has taught adults for 16 years, and she has 10 years’ experience as a creative writing instructor at the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre. As a writer, Sherry has had over 100 articles published in magazines and newspapers, internationally, and she has had a few short stories published in anthologies. A respected member of Durham Region’s writing community, Sherry is a past president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and the founding chair of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. Prior to her career in editing, Sherry worked for many years as a speech–language pathologist and professional practice leader in a hospital setting. Her education includes a BA in linguistics from McGill University, a BSc and MSc in speech–language pathology from Université de Montréal, and an editing certificate from George Brown College.