Geist Writing Workshop Series

Geist runs up to 12 hands-on writing workshops a year, taught by writers and editors from across Canada.

Upcoming workshops: 

Writing From Life with Jane Silcott   November 5, 2016
Learn to write effective memoirs, true stories and personal essays—get things moving, find your voice and focus your project. The workshop will also cover the ethical questions of writing and publishing true stories. Learn more.

The Art of the Column with Stephen Henighan   November 5, 2016
Create lively and provocative opinion columns by learning to write effective opening paragraphs, incorporate anecdotes as evidence and maintain a clear line of argumentation. Learn more.

Past workshops:

The Art of the Sentence with Stephen Osborne
Learn how to craft strong sentences that cut straight to the heart of the story by using strong verbs and precise language, and how to spot trouble by rooting out excessive modifiers, insalubrious emphasis and weak constructions. 

How to Write More Honestly with Sheila Heti
Explore issues surrounding your unique perspective, the one thing that separates you from the rest of the world. Learn how to anchor your writing in your own point of view and avoid imitating forms that aren't distinctly your own.

Writing From Life with Jane Silcott
This workshop is for you, if: you are working on (or thinking about) a memoir, true story, or personal essay; you are embarking on the life-writing adventure for the first time; you are underway with a manuscript, or with a revision.

From Diary to Graphic Narrative with Sarah Leavitt
Get introduced to writing a graphic memoir, with lots of drawing and writing exercises and a little bit of discussion. Learn the basics of composition, focus, viewpoint and story.

The Art of Talking the Talk with Ivan Coyote
Transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading—learn how to select material, prepare your work for performance, memorize (or not) and make your body language work for you.

Getting It Into Print with Billeh Nickerson
Get valuable tips from an industry professional, including the key do's and don'ts of cover letters and what writers can learn from rejection letters (believe it!).

Writing the Narrative Scene with Caroline Adderson
Study examples of successful narrative scenes, analyze their elements, including the effective use of dialogue, and, of course, write them.

The Art of the Short Review with Patty Osborne
A workshop for anyone who wants to write what they think—in a few strong sentences. Valuable to those who want to write reviews or clear, succinct blog postings.

Creative Blender with Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Discuss strategies for unblocking writer’s block and together try some of the writing prompts Elee has honed in seven years of facilitating workshops.

Plotting Your Storyline with Caroline Adderson
Examine elements of fiction (character, conflict, theme) and see how they combine to create plot, review different types of plots and diagnose common plotting problems.

The Art of Travel Writing with Marcello Di Cintio
Learn the art of observation, descriptive writing techniques and how to develop the people you meet on your travels into engaging characters.

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