Open to all.
Limited to 12 participants.
I love what Albert Einstein once said about imagination. He said: “Imagination is intelligence having fun.” And that is what this workshop is indeed intended to be: a fast paced, hands-on workshop based on a series of writing exercises where we will find and surpass the limits that contain our everyday writing universe. We will, of course, develop our imagination outside the box and have creative fun.
Sessions will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the group. They will be combined with lectures to help you gain new insight to construct and complete your personal writing project. We’ll explore ways to reinforce the structure of your existing work, gain deeper understanding of characters, fix plot holes, and tie up storylines. We’ll also work on developing another skill invaluable to any writer: the ability to pinpoint what might not be working—and cut or rework if need be. This workshop is designed to help you stay motivated and focused through the difficult parts of writing and aims to give you the tools to enjoy your writing process (again, if you fear you are not enjoying it anymore). The time will be split between discussing technique in published models, and reading and discussing our own creations.
Creating a Universe with Words will be a two-session workshop and is intended for experienced and beginner writers alike. You’ll need paper, pencils and—most importantly—an eraser! We will keep things interactive, giving short presentations to the group.
You will receive links to the texts we will be using as models. Reading them before our start date is strongly recommended.
Important Note: At this time, our intention is to hold this workshop at the QWF office, with two virtual slots available for QWF members residing outside Montreal but within Quebec. The Atwater Library, which houses the QWF office, requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated and masked at all times. If you live outside Montreal but within Quebec and would like to attend virtually, please write to us first at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plans can change based on the latest public health guidelines. Please note our virtual slots are currently limited as we are still piloting our new teleconferencing equipment for workshops, and we hope to offer more virtual slots in the fall.