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Whistler Writers Festival – Oct 16 Workshops

October 16 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Saturday October 16th schedule

WORKSHOP 10: Worldbuilding for Children’s & YA Books: Workshop for Adults With Rebecca Wood Barrett
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PDT | In-person $30 | Online $10
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Sponsored by: Marquis Book Printing
Join Rebecca Wood Barrett for a one-hour writing workshop on how to build an invented world. Drawing on examples from her middle-grade novel My Best Friend is Extinct, she will talk about where ideas come from, how to world-build, and some of the rules of worldbuilding. Bring a pen and paper or a keyboard and get ready to brainstorm fantastical creatures, one big fib, and a little bit of weirdness in a short writing exercise during the workshop.

WORKSHOP 11: I Finished My Novel—Now What?
With Tanya Trafford
Time options: 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. PDT
Fairmont Chateau Whistler | In-person or Online $100
Spend some time with seasoned children’s book editor Tanya Trafford and get professional advice on how to prepare your manuscript for submission. Writers are invited to send in their picture book, chapter book, middle-grade or young adult manuscripts one month in advance of the festival (Sep. 15) and then meet with Tanya at the festival for a 30-minute conversation. She will offer tips on determining if your manuscript is really ready, how to prepare a killer query letter, what your submission should (and should not) include, navigating the world of children’s publishing, and the best way to grab (and hold) an editor’s attention.

WORKSHOP 12: From Literary Novel to Thriller: Crossing Genres to Add New Life to Your Craft
With Gail Anderson-Dargatz
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT | Online $10
Writers too often get stuck writing in just one genre. In this workshop, bestselling novelist and writing mentor Gail Anderson-Dargatz offers her own experience to demonstrate how borrowing from the toolboxes of our literary brethren can breathe new life into our craft and writing lives and open the door to new markets.

WORKSHOP 13: Memoir as Storytelling
With Darrel J. McLeod
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PDT
Fairmont Chateau Whistler | In-person $30 | Online $10
Finding a compelling and authentic voice is the key to successful storytelling, and this is especially true when writing memoir. After all, memoir really is just that, your personal story. In this workshop Darrel will lead several powerful exercises to marry elements of fiction with the writing of non-fiction and will also demonstrate tools for effective self-editing once the story is on the page.

WORKSHOP 14: Great Big Little: The Unlimits of Flash Fiction
With John Gould
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT | Online $10
“A really good short-short,” wrote John L’Heureux, “is a story we can’t help reading fast, and then re-reading, and again, but no matter how many times we read it, we’re not quite through it yet.” Funny or dramatic, preposterous or profound, the very short story is an increasingly vibrant literary form. In this workshop, we’ll explore approaches and techniques that make it a fitting vessel for your most challenging ideas. John Gould is the author of The End of Me – a collection of 56 sudden stories about mortality – and of two previous collections in the same form, including Kilter, a finalist for the Giller prize.

WORKSHOP 15: Examining Tone and Voice in Poetry
With Terrence Young
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
Fairmont Chateau Whistler | In-person $30 | Online $10
Some of the most compelling poems and stories are those that rely on the elements of tone and voice or both to convey meaning. Voice is often characterized as the speaker of the work, which may or may not be the writer, and tone is usually defined as the author’s attitude toward the subject matter. This attitude is not necessarily always that of the speaker, and in that dynamic relationship between voice and tone, we often find humour, compassion and irony. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of poems that play with these elements and, through a series of exercises, work toward drafting poems of their own that make use of these important tools. Terrence’s latest collection of poetry is Smithereens.

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October 16
8:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Blvd
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
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