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Whistler Writers Festival Workshops

October 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

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One event on October 18, 2019 at 9:00am

One event on October 18, 2019 at 4:00pm

One event on October 19, 2019 at 8:30am

One event on October 19, 2019 at 11:30am

One event on October 19, 2019 at 2:30pm

Whether you’re a dabbler or dedicated writer, there are craft or publishing workshops for every level of writer. Ready to publish? Choose one of the publishing sessions to find out how to put your best words forward.

Write with the masters, and pick the perfect workshop at the Whistler Writers Fest Oct. 17-20!

Whether you’re a dabbler or dedicated writer, we’ve got craft and publishing workshops for every level of writer. Ready to publish? Choose one of our publishing sessions to find out how to put your best words forward.

Workshop 1: Publishing 101

With Kilmeny Denny, Lynn Duncan, K. Jane Watt
Presented by Vivalogue Publishing and Fenton Street Publishing
Sponsored by Island Blue Book Printing
Modern writers have an unprecedented number of options when it comes to publishing their manuscript. This full-day workshop will combine an industry overview with personal consultations to help authors identify the option that best meets their needs. The morning session (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) will review the pros and cons of self-publishing, traditional publishing, e-books and audiobooks. Other topics include understanding ISBNs, working with an editor, professional book design, sourcing printing and the economics of publishing. In the afternoon, (1:30-4:30 p.m.), each participant will meet with one of the presenters for a 30-minute private consultation focused on their specific project. All attendees will also receive a comprehensive handbook of samples, definitions, tips and resources.
Moderator: Lynn Duncan
Thu. Oct. 17 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Audain Art Museum | $200 | TICKETS

Workshop 2: Insights from Insiders: Trade Publishing in Canada

Want to get your book published through a traditional publisher with a book contract? Join our six publishers, editors, and agent to find out what they’re looking for in a manuscript, how to make contact with them, and how to best position your book in terms of genre or category. They’ll provide an overview of the state of the industry, and give sage advice on how to get your book published. With publishers and editors Patrick Crean (HarperCollins), Mona Fertig (Mother Tongue), Lynn Henry (Penguin Random House), Emma Sakamoto (Groundwood), Sarah St. Pierre (Simon & Schuster), Tanya Trafford (Orca), and agent Rachel Letofsky (CookeMcDermid). Note: Patrick Crean is attending this event in place of Brad Wilson.
Moderator: Eileen Cook
Fri. Oct. 18 | 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 3: Speed Dating: Pitch your Book/Idea to Publishers & Agent – Sponsored by Marquis Book Publishing is SOLD OUT.

Workshop 4: Novel Idea Boot Camp

With Andrew Pyper
Sponsored by: Whistler Metal Works
In this fun, high-energy, and interactive group workshop, bestselling author Andrew Pyper (The Homecoming) will take you through a “workout” of that idea for a novel you’ve either started writing or long thought about starting.

Through practical exercises and straightforward takeaways, this session will lead you to find the most compelling, exciting, irresistible answer to the question “What’s your story about?” – an answer that is likely different than the one you would give today.
Fri. Oct. 18 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 5: The MASS of Writing Fiction

With Tim Wynne-Jones
At the heart of any good novel, behind every character and every action, there are four intangibles that the writer needs to pay constant attention to: Motivation, Anticipation, Stakes and Suspense. No matter what kind of a story you’re writing, be it character driven or plot driven, a romance, mystery, historical fiction or coming-of-age story, the forward momentum—the thing that draws the reader onward—will depend on these four elements. In this workshop we’ll look at how to guarantee your story has the MASS it needs to make it. Two-time Governor General’s Award winner Tim Wynne-Jones (The Starlight Claim) has written 37 books for people of all ages.
Sat. Oct. 19 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 6: Snapshots and Old Things with Paul Seesequasis

Sponsored by Pasta Lupino
Methodologies of building non-fiction narratives through old objects:

This workshop will explore the relationship between found objects, such as old snapshots or old keepsakes, and how these items can inspire and open up new avenues of creativity for writers of historical and non-fiction narratives.
Sat. Oct. 19 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.| Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 7: Shaking the Tree: Using Magic Realism to Tell the Truth

With Lauren Elise Daniels
Sponsored by Anne Townley
Is your writing…different? Are you drawn to social issues and extraordinary ways to explore them? Magic realism conjures the imagery of Frida Kahlo and Henri Rousseau and is something Salman Rushdie calls “a newish name for a very old thing.” We’re talking Kafka, Woolf, Márquez, and Murakami. Like myths, fables, folk and fairy tales, these naturalistic stories are both grounded in reality and threaded with fantastic elements to convey visions that may be confrontational.

Magic realism is a way to tell the truth, when truth is drowned out by force. Bring your notebook or tablet for a wild writing session with Lauren Elise Daniels (Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten) fueled with purpose, imagination and true grit.
Sat. Oct. 19 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 8: Building Better Characters: Using Psychology to Create Three-dimensional Characters

With Eileen Cook
Sponsored by: Stonebridge at Whistler
Fascinating, irresistible characters are what keep readers turning pages. They become invested in those individuals and how they will respond to the challenges put forward by the plot. This workshop explores how psychological techniques (from understanding backstory to the stages of change) can be utilized to create characters that feel realistic with plausible motivations, reactions and responses to conflict.

Led by author Eileen Cook (You Owe Me a Murder), you’ll discuss examples and use prompts to assist and ignite ideas for your own development of compelling characters.
Sat. Oct. 19 | 2:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 9: Dialogue: Shaken, not Stirred

With Katherine Koller
This workshop is for writers working in all forms, and encourages the use of dialogue in not only dramatic works but creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, graphic novel and hybrid forms. Katherine Koller, playwright, screenwriter and author (Winning Chance), will lead participants in discussion about the uses of dialogue and examination of excellent examples. Participants will write a three-part exercise to create a short bit of dialogue for a work in progress, or spark a new piece.

The aim of this workshop is to understand what dialogue can do in your writing, and to produce a short original piece of work. A handout contains further exercises and resources.
Sat. Oct. 19 | 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | $38 | TICKETS

Workshop 10: Action and Dialogue for Young Writers with Tim Wynne-Jones

Sponsored by Vision Pacific Contracting Ltd.

The best way we get to know the characters in a novel is not through exposition or internal monologue but by what they actually do and what they say. In this workshop, we will look at writing in scenes rather than in summary, “showing” rather than “telling” the story – bringing it to life. Scenes are where we get up close and personal with the characters. Scenes are where we’re in the thick of the moment, writing in real time. Come stretch your writing skills with author Tim Wynne-Jones (The Starlight Claim), two-time Governor General’s Award winner and author of 37 books for people of all ages. Must be under 19.
Sat. Oct. 19 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Whistler Public Library | FREE | TICKETS


October 18, 2019
9:00 am - 11:30 am
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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