Courses & Workshops
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
For anyone who wants to explore their life story with words and images. Guided activities and creative prompts will spark your thinking, get your creativity flowing, and inspire you to represent the story you hold within you. No formal writing experience is required, just an interest in telling your story — or finding out what your story is!
SPARK YOUR LIFE STORY
Conversation and teachings about memoir for anyone who wants to write their story or their family’s story. Bring your interest, enthusiasm and questions! Writing about your life is one thing — shaping it into a coherent story for others to read is another. We’ll discuss structure and form; voice, perspective and tone; publishing and distribution options. If you have some life writing pieces in hand but aren’t sure how to weave them into a story or if you don’t know how to get started, this workshop is for you. Join us for conversation that will inform and inspire, and for some prompts that will help shape your story and (re)invigorate your memoir-writing project. Listen to a CBC Radio interview about the workshop here.
LIFE SKETCHES IN WORDS
This is life-writing in short form: We each have our own story to tell. No matter your age, the life you have lived — and are living — is the stuff of story. It is your story and it is worth capturing on the page. But where to start? How to generate material? How to shape it? This 6-session course will focus on generative writing, guided by weekly themes to stimulate your thinking. By the end, you will have a collection of memoir vignettes (18 or more) to continue working with. The objective is to generate material in a supportive environment that includes free-writing to prompts; reading aloud with feedback as you feel comfortable; and conversation about life-writing and memoir.
WRITING CIRCLE with CONVERSATION
solo art * collective experience
Experience the fun of writing in community. Writers are solo artists, toiling away, alone, at our desks. But the practice of writing can be a collective experience when done 'live' in the company of others who also work with words. Whether you write fiction or creative nonfiction, there is satisfaction and inspiration when we share our process (and our progress) with each other. This 4-session course offers a safe and nurturing space to write -- and the encouragement for you to be the writer you want to be. Bring your work, your questions and your coffee. We'll write, talk and learn together. Writers of every genre and any skill level are welcome. This is about having fun and being productive together. In person in the McNally Community Classroom.
SPARK YOUR WRITING I and II
Fuel your writing practice with a weekly prompt sent to your email inbox on a specific day, followed later in the week by a collaborative, supportive conversation with a small cohort of enthusiastic and committed writers just like you. You will be inspired by reading your work aloud and by receiving constructive and encouraging feedback.
Spark I is about writing on your own, then reading aloud in the group. Spark II continues with writing and reading aloud, and incorporates a focus on the writing process and different writing forms. NOTE: Spark I is pre-requisite for Spark II.
WEEKEND WRITING RETREAT
an idea, for early summer 2024
We are contemplating the possibility of a weekend writing retreat in the city. Maybe a Friday evening, with sessions over Saturday and Sunday. Not fancy, just a focus on writing with others, in a Winnipeg setting, for fun and creative time together. Interested? Email us to be put on the 'possibly, maybe, why not' list.
By invitation & application. 8 weeks. Hybrid format: in person + online. We work with a handful of graduates who have taken several of our courses to provide one-on-one editorial feedback on an existing work in progress. Inaugural offering in winter 2024.
courses coming . . .
Feedback & Editing: Learning the craft of discernment. Facilitator: Amanda Le Rougetel
Reading, reflection & representation
via one author (ex. Gertrude Stein or Virginia Woolf) or via an approach to writing (meta fiction). Facilitator: Deborah Schnitzer
Email us if either possibility interests you.
explore * enjoy * create
Join us for writing-based creative work that will ignite your thinking and nurture your empathy and understanding -- for yourself and for others. We teach via Zoom; in person in Winnipeg's McNally Robinson Community Classroom; and in a private classroom. Join us for creative learning!