Getting Started: Craft, Creativity and Process for the Beginning Writer
Begin your writing journey or gain new skills in craft and practice in this productive interactive writing workshop!
In eight weeks, you will gain tremendous insight as to who you are as a writer, learn what makes up writing craft and how to use it, and emerge with a portfolio of new work that will serve as springboards to new stories, essays, plays, memoir, and even a novel.
8 weeks- Winter 2020 (Dates TBA)
I’ve always been scared of taking writing workshops – after a few weeks with this supportive group I wish I’d taken the leap earlier!
Get your feet wet, explore new tactics and practices in craft, and learn what makes for dynamic, engaging writing in this interactive online survey course. In a supportive group, we discuss the fundamentals of writing creatively in form, genre, and craft that you can apply to your own writing.
Who Should Take this Workshop?
Everyone! This class is a terrific way to see what kinds of writing you like and gravitate to naturally. You gain a sense of your natural narrative voice and how to adapt it depending on whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, or for other purposes such as academic or business writing.
This course encourages emerging writers to take risks, grow in voice and style, and expand your creativity into new areas.
Whether you’ve never written before but have always wanted to, or you’ve been writing for years and want to push yourself into new directions, this course provides a structure, new insights, and a valuable opportunity to explore your own mind and begin or enhance a portfolio of work.
Each week of the eight-week writing course is structured around a new topic, with a comprehensive lecture, readings, conversation topics, and additional resources and materials. You’re welcome to download anything you wish to keep as a reference.
The online classroom is password-protected and secure and can be accessed 24/7 making it easy to learn and write any time, from anywhere. The conversations and work happen continuously, making the workshop a part of your everyday life.
What Will I Gain from this Workshop?
An introduction to writing craft, tips and tricks for how to use craft to best effect across the writing genres, and practice using those craft techniques in your own assignments and exercises
A deeper insight as to why professional writers make the choices they do in their work through going “inside” the stories, essays, and plays and identifying what and how they’ve used writing craft
A portfolio of new work that spans the genres, uses different voices, points of view, and takes risks. These pieces will serve as first drafts, which you can revise and hone for publication.
How the Online Workshop Works
- After enrolling, you will receive an email with some information about your workshop. A few days before the workshop is to begin, you will receive your username and log in information for our secure online classroom.
- Once the course begins, you will have unlimited access to your secure online classroom. Log in any time to enjoy ongoing conversation, post work and feedback, and download materials from the instructor and fellow students 24/7.
- The class takes place according to a weekly structure: each Monday, the instructor posts lecture and conversation notes, readings, and other pertinent information. You can take the full week to engage with the materials and enjoy the ongoing connection and chat any time.
Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times, Fiddlehead, Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize, the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux fiction award. Her plays have been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival and the F.O.O.T. festival. She is a graduate of the Guelph MFA program and runs the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto.