Creative Writing Workshops

Cracking Open Your Stories

This workshop will be delivered online until further notice. If circumstances change and we are able to resume in-person session, the workshop can be rescheduled for a one-day session.

with Ami Sands Brodoff

This fun and instructive hands-on creative writing workshop takes place online in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. Participants will learn about the nuts and bolts of writing fiction, including point-of-view, character development, setting, and story structure. They will have the chance to practice these elements with creative writing springboards and to work on their own stories with comments and guidance from the instructor. Work will be shared with the group on a voluntary basis. Brief extracts from Canadian short stories will be shared to point out how writers make characters come alive and build a world. The workshop will conclude with a group reading, questions, and discussion.

Photo: Mikhail Hoch

Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and two volumes of stories.  Her latest novel, In Many Waters, grapples with our worldwide refugee crisis. The White Space Between, which focuses on a mother and daughter struggling with the impact of the Holocaust, won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction (The Vine Award).  Bloodknots, a volume of thematically linked stories, was a finalist for The Re-Lit Award.  Ami has been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and St. James Cavalier Arts Centre (Malta). The Sleep of Apples, her novel-in-stories is forthcoming in Spring, 2021.

Please visit the main page for more information on StoryScaping: Creative Word-shops for Youth and Seniors, or to fill out a request form for either of these workshops.