The Personal Essay - A Workshop With Alison DeLory - FULL

NOTE: This workshop is now full. Please email programs@writers.ns.ca to be added to the waiting list.

WHAT: The Personal Essay - A Workshop with Alison DeLory 

WHEN: Wednesdays, October 12 - Nov 2. 7:00-9:00 PM

WHERE: WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

COST: $120/Members, $180/Non-Members.

Personal essays yield many nuggets of wisdom that inform everyday life. In the book Good Prose, Richard Todd calls personal essays, “The natural medium of ideas.” In this four-part workshop you will be coached to write a personal essay (think Globe and Mail “Facts and Arguments” column) in the creative nonfiction style of writing, translating one of your experiences to a larger theme. You’ll experiment with creating a braided essay in which you put yourself, your story, into a contextual experience. You’ll write in first person as the authenticator of that experience. 

You’ll explore an original or unexpected idea, or take a fresh apprehension of a generalized wisdom. You’ll learn to write with nerve + confidence + humility. Your essay should be bold but not boastful. This is similar to memoir writing but also different in that you will write first about your ideas and second about your memories as they support and inform your ideas. The goal is not to struggle to remember things exactly as they happened, but to reflect on them so you better understand them. Your readers don't necessarily have to agree with you. The ultimate goal is to use your personal voice to connect with the reader. Essays can examine the contradictions in your own thinking, and in your own life. They may help you (and by extension, your reader) work something out. You may not be an authority on the topic at the outset but you will be closer at the end.

Come to the workshop with a topic in mind or not, and spend the first two weeks learning creative nonfiction writing techniques and being inspired by the masters. You’ll begin to draft your own essay in week three and with feedback from your peers and instructor, will have a more polished piece completed at the end of the workshop that you may wish to submit for publication. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Alison DeLory is a writer, editor, publisher, teacher, and consultant in Halifax. She is the author of two children’s chapter books, Lunar Lifter (2012) and Scotia Sinker (2015), and a story in the young adult creative non-fiction anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL (2014). She has written news, feature stories and essays for publications including The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Tribune, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Ryerson Magazine, Dalhousie Magazine, The Medical Post, Halifax Magazine, and Canadian Traveler. She was a finalist twice in the Atlantic Writing Competition and received the 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the Communications and Public Affairs category. Alison teaches part-time at Mount Saint Vincent University in communication studies. For more see: www.alisondelory.com.

Location: 
1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS
Price: 
180.00 CAD
Member Price: 
120.00 CAD
Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 9:00pm

Anatomy of a Book: Contracts

 

Elizabeth Eve and Martin Glogier will give a presentation and answer questions about author-publisher contracts. This will include an overview of traditional royalty contracts, as well as other current publishing models. Martin will explain the nuts and bolts of a contract and review the legal vocabulary and provisions that are common in this context. Elizabeth will divulge how authors can understand the content and consequences of the publishing contract, both traditional and new modes of publishing.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Elizabeth Eve has been a bookseller, a publisher, an editor, project manager, consultant and general dog's body in the book industry, mostly in Atlantic Canada. She has also been a program officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and is now  retired from a day-job, living in Halifax, doing editing and assisting in the promotion of Canadian literature. 

Martin Glogier is a lawyer by trade, and an entrepreneur in spirit.  Originally from Ottawa, Marty now lives in Halifax and joined the Artists’ Legal Information Society as a Director in 2014.  Marty holds a keen interest in the arts, with particular emphasis in publishing works of fiction (across multiple mediums).  Marty is committed to improving the prospects of Nova Scotia’s arts industry, and believes that the information-sharing role ALIS plays is a critical component to a healthy and vibrant industry.  Marty holds a law degree and a M.B.A. from Dalhousie University, and has represented all manner of artists in his private practice to date.  Marty currently works as a solicitor at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

Find out more about ALIS (Artists' Legal Information Society)

Location: 
1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Getting Out of Your Own Way So You Just Can Write - An Online Workshop with Stephanie Domet

When: Thursdays, 7 pm to 9 pm. Four sessions: February 2nd - 23rd, 2017. 

Where: Online. All participants must have access to a computer with a web camera and a microphone. Please note that all participants are responsible for ensuring they can access the online session. Although instructions will be given on how to access the session, technical support will not be provided by either the WFNS office or the instructor. We suggest conducting test sessions prior to the workshop start date to ensure adequate audio and video quality. The WFNS is not responsible if individual participants are unable to access the session due to computer issues. All participants must be residents of Nova Scotia. 

For: Fiction writers who have made some headway but may not have completed a project.

Cost: $120 Members/$180 Non-Members  

In this four-week course, geared to fiction writers, novelist Stephanie Domet will lead participants through writing exercises, guided visualizations, and other techniques to help stuck writers get un-stuck. A natural-born procrastinator who spent fifteen years as a journalist with constant deadlines, Domet is an expert in when it’s time to fight your essential nature, and when it’s time to let it rule the day—and how to tell the difference. It’s not necessary to have a project in progress to take this workshop—you’ll surely have one on the go by the time it’s done.

Stephanie Domet is the author of two books, Homing and Fallsy Downsies, both published by Invisible. She lives in Halifax where she is forever trying to perfect homemade ravioli, and Sweet Caroline on the piano.

***Members, you must log on to your account in order to access the discounted rate. Please note that you must renew your membership for 2017 in order to take this workshop at the member rate. If you do not renew for 2017, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate. 

Location: 
Online
Price: 
180.00 CAD
Member Price: 
120.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm