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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Winter 2016 Courses

Fraser Valley Writer's School is pleased to offer the following courses for January to March, 2016:

Scene Creation

To be an effective fiction or creative non-fiction writer today, you need to write effective scenes. The vehicle for a writer to advance their plot and reveal character, the scene is cinematic writing and is defined by its continuous action regardless of that action's size, shape or intensity. Without the "Walk" of the scene, the reader is left with the "Talk" and the writer risks losing their reader.

During this sixteen hour course, you'll examine:

1. story and scene structure;
2. techniques for bringing conflict and tension into the scene;
3. the purposes of a scene;
4. methods for beginning and ending a scene;
5. transitions between scenes; and
6. various writing tools that help advance your scene including but not limited to setting, dialogue, and character development

This course is a unique way of advancing your writing education as it focuses on story-telling from day one. Students can expect to learn many techniques in a fluid fashion that are normally compartmentalized in most introductory courses. The course is presented as a series of talks, discussions, exercises and critiqued writing assignments.

The cost is $150 and the exact dates and location (either Surrey or New Westminster) will be structured to meet the class's needs and busy lives.

The instructor is David Blinkhorn, FVWS's director.

The Writer’s Toolbox:

Every writer needs the tools to make that story sparkle, to make the reader come back again and again. This eight-week course takes an in-depth look at the issues of conflict, pacing, plot, dialogue and setting through the use of lecture, writing exercises, critiquing and discussion.

Cost: $165
Dates: The exact dates and location (either Surrey or New Westminster) will be structured to meet the class's needs and busy lives.
Instructor: David Blinkhorn

The Writer’s Toolbox:
Part Two: I Need a Bigger Toolbox

Every writer always needs more tools for a bigger toolbox. Join your fellow writers for the most adventurous offering to date by the school. This ten week course examines ways to create subtlety, suspense, and tension in your work. Take an in-depth look at characterization issues like credibility, purpose, complexity and presentation methods. Learn to work effectively with back story, flashbacks, revelations and subtext.

As part of this course, each student will receive an hour long one on one meeting with the instructor to discuss issues specific to that student’s writing. Students will be expected to work on a writing project for the duration of the course with an eye to polishing for submission. Please note that this course will be scheduled with a few two week breaks between classes for writing and one on one meetings.

At the conclusion of the course, an evening of readings will be arranged for you and your guests to celebrate your work.

You don't need the first Writer's Toolbox course to take this course.

Cost: $250
Dates: The exact dates and location (either New Westminster or Surrey) will be structured to meet the class's needs and busy lives.
Instructor: David Blinkhorn

If you are interested in Scene Creation, The Writer's Toolbox and The Writer's Toolbox Part II, email fvwschool@gmail.com with your interest and you'll be contacted to examine your convenient dates. For any of these three classes to proceed, a minimum of five registrants will be required

Plotting Workshop

Learn techniques for effective idea generation, plot and scene creation through a series of individual and group exercises. As well, participants will examine story structure, generation of conflict and tension, and techniques in collaborative plotting. This is a highly interactive workshop. Each participant will be asked to bring a germ of an idea for development during this two day workshop. There will be orphan ideas available for those that don’t generate that germ in the days leading up to the workshop. The use of myth and everyday life will be examined as sources that will help the writer find new ideas for fresh work.

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels and enrollment is capped at twelve participants.

Dates: February 6 and 20, 2016
Times: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (45 minute break for lunch)
Location: 618 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC
Instructor: David Blinkhorn
Cost: $110.00

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