The Point Offers 6 Week Course For Emerging Writer
Creative writing seminars run Thursday June 28 and ends Thursday Aug 2, 2012.
This summer The Point Artist-Run Centre Society presents a workshop series for those who are new to creative writing. Whistler has a vibrant writing community, with many opportunities for development through writers’ groups, the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival and the Writer in Residence. All this creative energy and output can be intimidating to the aspiring writer. Those new to writing have an opportunity to get their feet wet this summer in an entry-level writers’ workshop series called Feeding the Seed: Growing the New Writer. The six week writing course will see two-hour sessions roll out each Thursday at The Point Artist-Run Centre, (the former Hostel at 5678 Alta Lake Road) with Whistler writer Rebecca Wood Barrett.
Says Wood Barrett, “Everyone has a story to tell. That story might come in the form of a poem, novel, screenplay, children’s book, short story, blog, memoir or creative non-fiction. This course is the chance to develop a sense of your own voice as a writer. And what could be more creatively inspiring than to work by the lakeshore, in a heritage lodge?”
Each week, participants in Feeding the Seed will work on brief assignments in class designed to feed and grow their writer’s voice and to keep the pen moving. Short homework assignments will be brought back to the group to workshop, and participants will also learn how to become a good reader and to constructively critique other people’s work, one of the most effective ways of starting to see one’s own writing objectively. A weekly lecture on the craft of writing, in addition to roundtable discussions on the practical aspects of being a writer, are bound to get the creative juices flowing for new writers, as well as inspire confidence.
“What I enjoy most about teaching courses for emerging writers, is to see them become excited about the possibilities for their own writing. Many of the students have gone on to form their own writers’ groups, and carry on independently, with other like-minded souls.”
Wood Barrett (BAA Film, MFA Creative Writing) is a published short story writer, an award-winning filmmaker and a multi-media producer with RTOWN Communications. She has taught numerous writing and film workshops for the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival.
For more information and to register for the course, which is offered for $120 please visit their website at www.thepointartists.com The Point is also offering a variety of expressive arts workshops for children and teens this summer, and an improv theatre workshop for adults.