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The Seven Magic Ingredients of Great Writing with Roxanne Snider

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The Seven Magic Ingredients of Great Writing with Roxanne Snider

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 1:00pm



Intructor, Roxanne Snider is offering an afternoon workshop in creative writing.


A great way to start writing, jump start your stalled writing, or push your writing to a new level …

This half-day workshop is conceived as a supportive, illuminating, entertaining and provocative environment in which to develop narrative skills and ideas. It's suitable to writers of fiction or nonfiction; writers who are just beginning or those further along.

Topics will include:

*How to get started writing--where to find ideas, how to use material from your life, overcoming the fear of the blank page, techniques and tricks for launching stories and memoirs, a few writing prompts from the instructor

*A brief disucssion of fiction vs. nonfiction--stories or memoirs, what is the real difference between the two, which would best suit your interests as a writer

*What makes for great writing? The seven magic ingredients of great writing: heat, no cliches, great details, economy of language, music of language, clarity, and flow. Examples of great writing, contemporary and classic, will be given.

*Two big choices every writer faces: P.O.V. and tense

*Story: What makes a great story? What are stories really about? Discussion of plot and character.

*Dialogue: How to write great dialogue. Pitfalls to avoid. Examples of great dialogue from fiction.

*Voice: What is it, and why it's so important.

*Look at brief samples of participant's writing and discuss. What works and what doesn't. How it might be improved.

*Handouts with thoughts on writing and craft from great writers, and an extensive reading list will be given out.

*Q and A and general discussion.

The instructor, Roxanne Snider, is a writer, editor, and teacher with published articles on books, music, travel, health, architecture and social policy. She has taught literature, music, and creative writing at the University of Toronto’s Continuing Education, in various Toronto bookstores, at The Holocaust Education Centre, and in private creative writing workshops. She has a B.A. in Music and Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bennington College. Her writing teachers have included Barbara Gowdy, Amy Hempel, and Sven Birkerts.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 9th, 1-5pm

Cost: $50.

To register contact Sean Lehane via email or call 416-538-0868.


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