Join Liz for a four day exploration of different creative writing genres: memoir, non-fiction, short fiction, and poetry. Each session is literature-based, so will begin with an example of the selected genre written by a published author. Writing time will follow, as participants experiment with different writing techniques and prompts, and thus develop their own practice. If they are interested, participants will be invited to share their work, via read-aloud, with others in the class, thus gaining some listener-response. Theoretically, each session will have two samples and two blocks of writing / sharing time, but that will depend on participant preferences; to a great extent, this course can be regarded as a living document and will therefore be designed as it develops over time, based on participant input. If you’ve always wanted to “write that book”, this is the place to start. Participation at all four sessions is expected. Program Facilitator: Liz Orme is a semi-retired high school English teacher with 30 years of classroom experience. She has degrees from SFU (B.A., hons) and UBC (M.A.) and has co-authored three multi-genre textbooks with Oxford University Press. Although her academic focus has been the study of literature, she is also very interested in the creation of literature, and has dabbled in writing fiction and poetry for many years. She looks forward to exploring the creative side with all the like-minded people who sign up for the Octopus Project.
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