Welcome to an intensive writing class. If you are participating you’re in the thick of working on a piece of fiction now – it could be a novel or a short story or perhaps even a play. You want/need technical instruction. You see yourself as a “writer” but can’t bring yourself to say this in front of others. You may have published a couple of things, or none at all, but that doesn’t need to get in your way! To participate in this class you don’t need to have taken courses or workshops before, but it helps if you understand the basic principles of effective fiction writing such as what is meant by: plot, dialogue, character development, point of view, tense. This class will focus on building effective characters in your fiction and on developing your understanding of dramatic tension (A.K.A. conflict) through lecture style instruction. Writing will not be shared or evaluated.
Elizabeth Ruth (www.elizabethruth.com) is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Ten Good Seconds of SilenceSmoke. A third novel, The Matador—about a female bullfighter—will be published in the fall of 2012. Ten Good Seconds was short-listed for several prestigious awards. Smoke was described in the Globe and Mail as “a virtuoso performance….utterly remarkable…” and was selected as the 2007 One Book, One Community read (http://oboc.ca/past-years/smoke-by-elizabeth-ruth/).
For information on submitting your manuscript to the e-Writer in Residence Program, click here.
NOWW thanks the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, K-Net Services, the Thunder Bay Public Library and NOWW members for their support of this project.