Saturday, June 22, 2013

Interested in a FREE Teen Writing Workshop in July 2013? Hop on!

Free teen writing workshop

Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
When: 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Sundays, July 7, 14, 21, 28; orientation workshop and first session, 7:00 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, June 25
How Much: free of charge, includes snacks and supplies for 1 chapbook of writing

A workshop for teen writers to discuss five aspects of crafting a piece of fiction:
(1) How to Create Characters Who Breathe on the Page
(2) The Art of Writing Dialogue
(3) Plot Is the Thing: Suspense and Conflict
(4) Point of View
(5) Setting

Our instructor, writer-in-residence Ava Homa, will distribute five short stories to the participating writers before the first workshop. During each session, participants are encouraged to read the text and analyze one main element. Each workshop session will begin with discussion of that element of the short story; participants when then be asked to read aloud from a selection of their own work for constructive feedback from the instructor and from peers. In this way, the interactive workshops help writers build skills from session to session. Participants are encouraged to check Ava Homa’s website for updated information. Ava Homa exiled from Kurdistan-Iran in 2007 leaving her family and friends behind her. She is among the few Kurdish female authors who write about the Kurdish community and history. Her three-month residency, funded by the Canada Council Author Residency Program and the British Columbia Arts Council, began on May 1, 2013, and focuses on writing, research, and community programs.

Born and educated in Iran, Ava Homa holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Tehran and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. In 2010 TSAR Publications published her debut collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land, which was nominated for 2011 Frank O’Conner International Short Story Prize and was chosen as one of ten People’s Choice finalists in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Award running concurrently with Giller Prize.

Homa’s short fiction and translations have appeared in several English and Farsi journals and newspapers, including the Literary Review of Canada, Rabble, Windsor Review, and the Toronto Star. Homa has been a member of PEN Canada’s Writers-in-Exile network since 2011 and was the 2012 PEN Lecturer-in-Residence at George Brown College.

How to apply: Please email to secure a place in this writing workshop.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Great Advice from Writers

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people."
– Virginia Woolf

"True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision."
– Edith Wharton
"Wait, wait, wait, wait. Don't try to write through it, to force it. Many do, but that won't work. Just wait, it will come."
– Toni Morrison