A short story often begins in seed-form: a snippet of overheard dialogue, a line of poetry, or simply an idea that’s been needling at you, nagging to be explored.

Time: eight Mondays, 20:00 to 22:00

Duration: 4 March - 22 April, 2019

Location: QWF Office—1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC View map

Description

This class is designed for new fiction writers or those who have some prior experience, but wish to hone their foundations. Please be prepared to share your work with the group.

A short story often begins in seed-form: a snippet of overheard dialogue, a line of poetry, or simply an idea that’s been needling at you, nagging to be explored. The experience of actually writing a short story can feel like groping along the thread of this idea with a blindfold on. It’s easy to feel discouraged, or simply lost. This course will equip you with a framework for chasing the threads of those stories. Further, you will find a community
of peers to cheerlead, hold you accountable, and offer insights on your works-in-progress as we move ahead.

Together, we will explore how to:

  • generate ideas
  • keep a writer’s journal
  • create convincing characters
  • choose a point of view that reflects the tone of the story
  • build scenes
  • structure our narratives
  • refine our use of language
  • be our own editors

You will be offered insights on your works-in-progress from your peers, as well as from me, in a supportive, mentally stimulating environment. The workshops will be supported by readings, writing exercises, and guided discussion about the craft of fiction writing.

By the end of the course, you will have the tools to generate new ideas, follow their threads, and build a compelling short story from beginning to end.

Workshop leader

Eliza Robertson headshot

Eliza Robertson’s debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize, and was selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, was a Globe & Mail and National Post book of the year and the winner of QWF’s 2018 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize. She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship. In addition to being shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and the Journey Prize, Eliza’s stories have won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Prize in Australia.

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