April 26, 2014 WCDR Workshop: The Work of Wonder: Reimagining What, How, and Why We Write, with Daniel Scott Tysdal


About the workshop

Date: Saturday, April, 26, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Trent University, Oshawa Campus, 55 Thornton Rd South, Oshawa, Room 115
Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

One of our most basic tasks as writers, as Janet Burroway reminds us, is to “make them wonder”—to spark in our readers a sense of curiosity and awe and draw them from line to line, page to page, and book to book. The goal of this workshop is to examine a range of strategies for inspiring this sense of wonder in our readers and in ourselves as we write. Through a combination of instruction, discussion, and hands-on exercises, we will move from the level of the sentence to the work as a whole. At every moment, we will endeavour to expand our understanding of what is possible and see our lives and our work in a new way.

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.

About Daniel Scott Tysdal

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two books of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010) and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In 2012, the UTSC student newspaper, The Underground, named him one of their four “Professors of the Year.”


Read an interview with Daniel! (3/13/14)