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BISHOP'S UNIVERSITY LIFELONG LEARNING ACADEMY

Write Here Write Now

Workshop Series – August to November 2021

Write Here Write Now (WHWN) offers monthly writing workshops that touch on a wide range of approaches including memoir, poetry, the novel, non-fiction, and fantasy. We create a supportive environment, offering each writer the opportunity to set their own goals and learn in their own way. WHWN workshops are participatory: ideas are shared and personal connections made. The resulting climate of trust encourages the writing process. We welcome all writers to the WHWN community.

Due to COVID uncertainty, WHWN workshops will remain online for the time being. To register for a workshop and receive the Zoom coordinates, please write to bulla@ubishops.ca.

WRITING EVERY DAY

with Jan Draper

Whether you write every day or not, you are welcome to this workshop. Meetings feature writing activities to suit the interests of all writers and incorporate a reading component every month.

  • Thursday, August 5, 1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 2,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 7,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 4,  1:30–3:30 PM

SHORT MEMOIR

with Rachel Garber

Have you lived stories you’d like to tell? This series of four monthly workshops will provide a place to explore different approaches in writing short memoir. With gentle guidance, we will try our hand at writing and learn about giving and receiving appreciative feedback. No experience writing is necessary – just experience living!

  • Thursday, August 12,  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 9,  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 14,  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 11, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

WRITING LOCAL HISTORY

with Nick Fonda

This series of four workshops will look at some of the problems that writers of local history might encounter. We will consider topics such as the difficulties posed by old texts, the importance of establishing setting, how to deal with multiple sources, and why we write local history. Each session will include at least one 10- to 15-minute writing period.

  • Thursday, August 19,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 16,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 21,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 18,  1:30–3:30 PM

WRITING THE NOVEL

with Rebecca Welton

Got an idea, but not sure where to start? In this series, we’ll be looking at how to structure and plot your novel, why having a character arc is essential, and how to use dialogue to bring your characters to life. We’ll also cover specific situations depending on what type of novel participants are writing (for example, action scenes, romantic scenes, or flashbacks—how to do them, top tips, and what to avoid).

We will delve into the novel-writing business: why you should have an author platform and how to build one, what the hidden costs of novel-writing are, and how to reduce them. There will be practical exercises in all the workshops, and, as always, there will be the option to share your work with the group.

  • Thursday, August 26,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 23,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 28,  1:30–3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 25,  1:30–3:30 PM

FANTASY FUGUE FORUM

with Etienne Domingue

Do you love tales of imagination? Fantasy Fugue Forum is a community of storytellers that meets online every month for two thrilling hours of prompted writing and story sharing. Each month’s theme is drawn from ancient myth, folklore, or popular culture.

  • Monday, August 23,  7:00–9:00 PM
  • Monday, September 27,  7:00–9:00 PM
  • Monday, October 25,  7:00–9:00 PM
  • Monday, November 22,  7:00–9:00 PM

SPECIAL PROJECT: MEMOIR

This workshop is intended to support writers through the process of writing, editing, and publishing a long-form memoir.

This is a continuation of the previous season’s series. To maintain focus on the participants’ ongoing projects, the invitation is not being publicized. If you have not previously taken part in Special Project: Memoir but would still like to join us, please write us at bulla@ubishops.ca.

  • Saturday, August 14,  1:30–3:30 PM
    Establishment of benchmarks and goals
    with Etienne
  • Monday, September 20,  1:30–3:30 PM
    How to publish
    with Rebecca
  • Monday, October 18,  1:30–3:30 PM
    How to publish
    with Rebecca
  • Saturday, November 13,  1:30–3:30 PM
    Wrap-up
    with Etienne
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BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY LIFELONG LEARNING ACADEMY’S MISSION STATEMENT

To foster a lifelong learning community by offering organized, stimulating discussion groups on a range of topics that matter to adults, including: history, politics, literature, philosophy, fine arts, theatre, and information technology.

To promote lifelong learning and thoughtful exchange among English-speaking adults in the Eastern Townships/Estrie region and beyond.

To provide instruction and resources for daily fulfillment, focusing on mental, social, and physical health and wellness.

To encourage and support francophone adults participating in these activities.