Charlotte Gill Writing Workshop

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Summer (May 18 - Sept 30)
Daily : 10am - 5pm

Winter (Oct. 1 - May 17)
Tuesday - Sunday : 12pm - 5pm

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Writing a memoir--a true story drawn from one's own life--is like making lasagna. Everybody has a different way of doing it, but if the recipe contains a few essential ingredients, it usually turns out pretty well.  On Sunday, March 24 from 1-3pm, the Museum at Campbell River is offering a unique opportunity to attend a workshop with Charlotte Gill, the Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence.  The workshop is entitled ‘In The First Person – The Art of Personal Narrative. 

In this two-hour workshop we will cover the fundamentals of personal narrative. 

We’ll begin with the question: "What is memoir?"

Next, we’ll cover the basic, essential ingredients for telling fact-based stories in the first person. We will dip into the creative writer’s toolbox to look at useful story elements such as point of view, character and the scene.

Lastly, we’ll touch on how to design and plan your narrative, leaving lots of time for Q & A.

Gill’s tree-planting book ‘Eating Dirt’ was nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize, and two B.C. Book Prizes. It won the 2012 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Ladykiller, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and winner of the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines. Gill teaches creative writing at UBC and the Banff Centre. She is this year's Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence.  The cost for the workshop is $20.00.  Please call the Museum at 250-287-3103 to register.