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An Exciting Line-up of our Fall 2013 Classes

Fall 2013 Courses
The Fraser Valley Writers' School is excited to offer the following courses for the Fall of 2013. Register for a course by contacting David Blinkhorn at fvwschool@gmail.com

A.     Introductory Classes:

The Creative Process:      

Have you ever wanted to unlock your creativity? Uncover ways to unleash your imagination or find your path to your own great storytelling? This eight week course looks at techniques and tools to help you find your storytelling passion and silence the forces in your life that stop you from writing your novel, short story, poetry, magazine article, or play while providing an introduction to plot, characterization, setting, and dialogue.


Instructor: David Blinkhorn

Time and dates: 8 Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm, September 19 – November 14, 2013 (no class on October 31, 2013) 

Introduction to Creative Writing:
It’s time to start writing: your life story, the novel you’ve dreamed about, the poetry and songs that are in your heart, the article you want to write, or perhaps a stage play.  No more excuses. Learn the techniques to conquer your inner critic. Now is the time.

The subjects covered will include: ways to unleash your creativity, character, plot, poetry, article writing, novels, short stories, marketing, and the rules of writing. Student work will occupy one half of class time. 

Cost: Contact Ed Griffin at ed@edgriffin.net to discuss cost and to arrange your fee. Course manual required and available from the instructor for $18.00.

Instructor: Ed Griffin
Time and date: 6 Mondays 10:00 am – Noon, September 16 – October 28 (no class on October 14)
Place: The Phoenix Building, 13686 94A Avenue, Surrey, BC

Limit: 15 students

B.     The Writing Craft:

Fiction Workshop

This workshop is a combination of lecture, discussion, and exercises for the first hour followed by work-shopping of your writing with your peers and instructor over the final one and one half hours. Topics for lecture and discussion are theme and premise, scene transition, suspense, tension and conflict, imagery, and foreshadowing. Students are expected to submit work and critique other students’ writing each week. Included in this workshop is a 60 minute one on one with the instructor to discuss issues of concern in your writing.

Instructor: David Blinkhorn

Cost: $235.00
Dates: Wednesdays, September 25, 2013 – November 13, 2013 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Place: Mel Edwards Center, Centennial Park, White Rock, BC

Plotting Workshop         Dates to be rescheduled for October or November, 2013

Plot is one of the cornerstones of great fiction. This two day workshop covers the following topics through lecture, discussion,, and in-class exercises: plotting techniques and story generation, tools for keeping your reader spellbound with your story, scene creation, prologues, epilogues, cliff-hangers, scene thrusters, epiphanies and revelations. Each day includes lunch.

Instructor: David Blinkhorn

Cost: $125.00
Dates: Sundays, September 15 and 22, 2013 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Place: Mel Edwards Center, Centennial Park, White Rock, BC

The Art of Memoir Through Poetry and Creative Non-fiction:

Memoir, from the French memoire meaning memory or reminiscence, is a genre narrowed in focus from the autobiography. It is a story told from life. According to Gore Vidal, a memoir is how one remembers their own life. Join us for an intimate class as we look at the art of memoir through poetry and creative non-fiction. This six week class will be split equally between the two methods of story-telling and taught by two instructors specializing in each form. The class consists of lecture, discussion, exercises and critiquing weekly writing projects. Students will be expected to submit work each week for comment and evaluation.

Cost: $135

Instructors: Prose portion: Lois Peterson   Poetry: Ben Nuttall-Smith
Dates and times: 6 Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm September 25 - October 30, 2013
Place: Mel Edwards Center, Centennial Park, White Rock, BC

Creative Writing Seminar:

Take your writing to the next level in this unique course where students workshop their works in progress with each other and the instructor. Each week, there will be instruction and discussion about some aspect of the writing craft.

Cost: Contact Ed Griffin at ed@edgriffin.net to discuss cost and to arrange your fee.

Instructor: Ed Griffin
Dates and times: 6 Mondays 10:00 am – Noon, November 4 – December 16, 2013 (no class on November 11, 2013)
Place: The Phoenix Building, 13686 94A Avenue, Surrey, BC

Limit: 15 students

Exploring Ekphrastic Poetry
Ekphrastic Poetry is the technical term for poems that have been inspired by other art forms. This six-week session will see writers creating work from various inspirations and workshopping these new poems in a supportive atmosphere. While the first weeks will focus on writings inspired by a range of arts, including music, the last half of the course will see writers working from paintings on exhibit at Semiahmoo Arts. Final sessions will shift to preparing for a celebratory reading in the midst of a gallery full of the art that has inspired the evening’s poems.

Cost: $145.00
Instructor: Heidi Greco
Dates: Mondays, September 30 – November 4, 2013 with the exception of Tuesday October 16 in lieu of Thanksgiving class on October 14, 2013), 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Place: Mel Edwards Center, Centennial Park, White Rock, BC

Character:      Dates to be rescheduled for October, 2013 

Character is one of the cornerstones of great writing. Characters reveal themselves in the way they act, speak, think and look. In this twelve hour course learn how to bring your characters alive, create believable and interesting actors for your story through the uses of senses and emotions. Topics will include credibility, purpose, complexity, methods of character presentation, and development of secondary and minor characters. This course consists of lecture, discussion, writing and critiquing.

Cost: $110

Instructor: David Blinkhorn
Dates and Times:  Four Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm September 16 – October 7, 2013
Place: Mel Edwards Center, Centennial Park, White Rock, BC

C.     Publishing Courses 

E-Book Publishing:

 Join us for a one day seminar that delves into the world of e-publishing. Learn from an expert, the do’s and don’ts of getting your work on-line and accessible to your market. This course consists of lecture, discussion, and exercises to help you e-publish your work

Cost: $65

Instructor: George Opacic
Date: October 6, 2013, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place: Mel Edwards Center, Centennial Park, White Rock, BC

Freelance Magazine and Article Writing

Do you want to earn money as a freelance writer?

In just six weeks, full-time freelance writer and editor Leslie Dyson will take you through all the steps you need to become a paid writer. By the end of this class, you will have a submission-ready article. 

Course Description: 

Getting your magazine or newspaper article published can be the first step in being able to make a living as a writer. Getting your work out there is not as difficult as you think. All you need is a few basic skills and to know a few tricks of the trade.

This fast-paced class, will cover:

Effective interviewing skills—how to get thoughtful, insightful information from people and still make your deadline!

Finding credible sources—the research skills necessary to find trusted information.

Putting the “creative” in your non-fiction—techniques to turn your article into an engaging story.

What editors want and expect and what drives editors crazy—what makes them want to work with you.

Where to publish—there are many places looking for good copy. Find your niche.

This course will be a combination of lecture, exercises, and workshop. By the end of this class, the students will submit an article for publication to a magazine or newspaper of their choosing.

Cost: $135.00

Instructor: Leslie Dyson
Dates and Times: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon, October 5 to Nov. 16, 2013 (no class on October 12)
Place: Mel Edwards Centre, Centennial Park, 14600 North Bluff Road, White Rock, BC


D.    Social Media

No classes until the Spring program

E.     Manuscript, Novels, and Short Stories

Manuscript Workshop:

Work with one of the school’s instructors one on one with your manuscript. This class includes one 30 minute introductory meeting where you’ll discuss your work with your instructor and four 60 minute sessions where you will discuss one on one your pages that you’ve submitted for review. The student will be required to submit her work (maximum of twenty-five pages, typed, 1.5 spaced) one week prior to the date arranged for the session between the instructor and student. All sessions must be completed by December 15, 2013.

Cost: $250

Dates and times to be arranged by the student and instructor

F.      Performance and Readings

The Dynamic Presentor: Engaging a *Listening* Audience with Your Written Words:

This voice and performance skills workshop for writers and poets is divided into two parts. You will be taught techniques and enjoyable exercises that will allow you to relax, develop your voice and increase your power of projection making you a more dynamic speaker.

The second part of this two week workshop will focus on how to read your written words in an engaging way to transform your poetry/book reading into an event to be remembered. The workshop will present many different strategies and practical advice on: selecting the best poems/stories to read out loud, breaking through nerves/anxiety and knowing/targeting your audience. There will be an opportunity for everyone to practice, and share their readings with the group.

Cost: $ 60

Instructor: Ben Nuttall-Smith

Date: Saturdays, September 28 and October 5, 2013,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

To register for a course, email us at fvwschool@gmail.com

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