What if? A Workshop on Writing Fantasy

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Date(s) - 18 Jul 2015 until 18 Jul 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Shatford Centre


Instructor: Michelle Barker

From hobbits to Hogwarts, in this workshop we’ll look at the many different types of fantasy-writing and talk about how to make magic. The most useful question to ask when writing fantasy is: what if?

You’ll learn what an info-dump is and why you shouldn’t do it. You’ll learn why the best fantasy writing also has a strong link to reality.

Fantasy is a great way to explore some of the BIG issues: good versus evil, the nature of power. World-building is your stage. Conflict is your story. But it all comes down to character. We’ll talk about naming, and the dangers of creature overload; the importance of logic within the framework of your world, and the place of research.

Above all, we will use writing exercises to stretch our fantasy muscles. Come prepared to write.

Ages 15 and up: $45

Michelle Barker is an award-winning author and poet with fiction, non-fiction and poetry published in literary reviews around the world. Her debut novel, YA fantasy The Beggar King, was published in 2013 by Thistledown Press, and Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii in 2012 by Leaf Press. Michelle works as an editor and recently completed an MFA in creative writing. She is excited about sharing her knowledge and experience with other writers. www.michellebarker.ca


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