Workshops

Workshops are offered at various times throughout the year.

Over the years, workshops have included topics on both the craft and business of writing, such as creative non-fiction, advanced poetry, character development, writing dialogue, grammar basics, book reviewing, play writing, script writing, digital marketing, taxes and the writer, writing for radio, editing, creative writing for youth, and more.

WANL members receive a discount on workshops.

WANL strives to offer writing workshops in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador where funding permits. Workshops have been offered in Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and St. John’s.


Current Workshops:

Publish: A Workshop with Scott Bartlett
2-5 PM October 15, 2017
WANL Resource Room (Suite 202, 223 Duckworth Street, St. John’s)

Join full-time indie author Scott Bartlett for a comprehensive self-publishing workshop and find out why so many industry analysts now say that self-publishing is the most viable route for a new author. Harness the power of the digital age as Scott takes you through a step-by-step guide on exactly how to self-publish, and learn about the powerful new promotional tools that only indie authors have access to.

Scott Bartlett is an indie science fiction author who’s been writing full-time since 2014. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he does most of his writing in coffee shops. His latest complete series is the space opera trilogy titled The Ixan Prophecies, Book 1 of which is titled Supercarrier.
 
Registration open to WANL members immediately.
Member price: $25
OR register for all three workshops in the Publish, Promote, Present series at a discounted price of $65.
 
Registration open to non-members, if space is available, as of October 5, 2017. Non-members who would like to be placed on a waiting list may email membership@wanl.ca.
 
To register, email membership@wanl.ca


How to Work with an Editor: Three Perspectives
1-3 PM November 12, 2017
WANL Resource Room (Suite 202, 223 Duckworth Street, St. John’s)
 
Editorial Panel: Sandy Newton, Leslie Vryenhoek, Claire Wilkshire
 
The term “editor” covers a wide spectrum of professional activity. Three editors with a broad combined experience—fiction, non-fiction, magazines, corporate communications, academic papers, government reports—will weigh in on what makes for a positive writer/editor relationship, the different roles involved with different projects, and how to lay a foundation for a fruitful collaboration. Bring along your questions.
 
Admission by donation; however, advance registration is required. Space will be limited.
 
Registration open to WANL members immediately.
 
Registration open to non-members, if space is available, as of November 2, 2017. Non-members who would like to be placed on a waiting list may email membership@wanl.ca.
 
To register, email membership@wanl.ca


Promote: A Workshop with Beth Follett
6-9 PM November 15, 2017
WANL Resource Room (Suite 202, 223 Duckworth Street, St. John’s)

Recently a spate of articles have appeared in online magazines telling writers how best to promote themselves and their books. Cf: http://www.malahatreview.ca/tips/jun2017.html Most of these articles encourage the use of similar tactics: brand definition, building an audience, optimizing a web site. But what do these conventional approaches to promotion imply about book readers—what their interests are, where they are, and how they consume either commercial works or works of literature?

How each of us promotes our labours is, strictly speaking, a private affair, and should come about after a dialogue with publishers. Over three hours, participants will consider and deconstruct beliefs underlying present-day conventional promotion and marketing tools, in order to become more conscious of our values and ethics concerning promotion of our work.
 
For unpublished and published authors alike.
 
Beth Follett is the publisher of the consistently award-winning Canadian literary house, Pedlar Press. Her own published works of literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction were marketed using a variety of promotion methods. Follett lives in St John’s.
 
Registration open to WANL members immediately.
Member price: $25
OR register for all three workshops in the Publish, Promote, Present series at a discounted price of $65.
 
Registration open to non-members, if space is available, as of November 5, 2017. Non-members who would like to be placed on a waiting list may email membership@wanl.ca.
 
To register, email membership@wanl.ca


Present: A Workshop with Paul Rowe
2-5 PM December 2, 2017
WANL Resource Room (Suite 202, 223 Duckworth Street, St. John’s)

This workshop will present the writer with tools to refine the oral presentation of their work, most particularly at live readings. Topics will include selecting and editing material for readings, physicality and vocal performance, consideration of the physical space, and working with or without a microphone. A portion of the workshop will focus on the voice in terms of relaxation, preparation, projection and the minute mechanics of articulation. Each participant will be offered the opportunity to prepare and present a short reading.Paul Rowe has written extensively for the stage and is the author of two novels. The Silent Time was short-listed for the Winterset Award in 2007 and his sophomore offering The Last Half of the Year won the coveted prize in 2017. He is currently at work on a third novel and, with John Doyle, a new play on the subject of Gerald S. Doyle and his legendary songbooks. Paul is also a professional actor with numerous stage credits indicating his particular interest in classical theatre.

Registration open to WANL members immediately.
Member price: $25

OR register for all three workshops in the Publish, Promote, Present series at a discounted price of $65.

Registration open to non-members, if space is available, as of November 22, 2017. Non-members who would like to be placed on a waiting list may email membership@wanl.ca.

To register, email membership@wanl.ca



Past Workshops:

August 2015
– WANL-Winterset Emerging Writers’ Workshop with award-winning authors Richard Gwyn and Cassie Stocks

October 2014
– Ecofiction with Anne Erickssen
– Travel Writing with Gary Geddes
– Battle of the Genres See 2014 AGM Itinerary for listing of workshops and their details.

September 2014
– Writing with Donna Morrissey