Thinking of writing a book? Learn some practical skills to get started.

So you wanna be a writer?

Have you always wanted to write? Do you have a story to tell? Then come to a free introductory workshop on Creative Writing, at Arbor Gallery, Vankleek Hill at 7 pm. on Wednesday, September 28 to learn the details of a 10 week writing course starting October 5th.

The workshop and course will be conducted by author, playwright and short story writer Bonnie Laing, who is also the former Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Ryerson University in Toronto.  The workshop will be geared to those just starting to write, as well as to those currently writing who may need help in shaping their skills and ideas. If enough people are interested, the full course will begin October 5. The fee will be $250 for ten sessions of two hours each.

“The workshop will cover the elements of good story-telling – plot development, ‘telling’ imagery, dialogue and character development,” explains Laing. Ways to unlock the imagination, stimulate creativity and avoid common writing pitfalls will also be dealt with. She has conducted three other successful creative writing workshops in the area.

Bonnie Laing is the author of River Reel, a novel published by Sumach Press and Marble Season, a collection of linked short stories published by Oberon Press. She is the author of four plays, one of which, Peggy & Grace, has had 20 professional productions across Canada. Her latest play, Phoebe’s Gift, is scheduled for production in Hudson, Quebec in the summer of 2017. She is currently marketing her second novel: Bemused. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines in Canada and her non-fiction articles have appeared in the Globe & Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and Toronto Life.

Participation in the workshop is free and open to everyone without obligation.  Arbor Gallery is located at 36 Home Ave, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Laing at [email protected] or at (613) 525-1455.

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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