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This year’s SFU Summer Publishing program includes more than 40 writing workshops featuring popular Canadian writers including (from left) Mark Critch, Linda L. Richards, Will Ferguson and Gail Bowen.

SFU workshops cater to aspiring writers

May 27, 2010

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Reading on the beach is a popular summer pastime, but what about learning how to write those books? SFU’s Summer Publishing program not only trains publishers, editors and designers, it also offers more than 40 intriguing summer workshops that attract aspiring writers from across the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a small sample:
  • At the inaugural one-week Mystery Writers Retreat on Saltspring Island June 6–11 you can pick the brains of some of Canada’s top mystery aficionados as you work on your own manuscript-in-progress. Working one-on-one with mystery icons such as Gail Bowen, William Deverell and Linda L Richards, you will also attend lectures from mystery writers, editors and professional agents.
  • Writing the Romance Novel: from Soup to Nuts, Tuesday, July 13. This fun, one-day exposé on the romance novel examines everything from the genre and its history to the essential narrative elements, with answers to the big question—sex or no sex?
  • Learn how to instil humour into your writing in a one-day workshop with Canadian comedy writer Mark Leiren-Young, who reveals all in Finding the Funny: Humour with a "U", Saturday, July 17.
  • Novelist and screenwriter William Deverell teaches the special skills of screenwriting and pitching your film concept on Friday, July 16 in Screenwriting: an Interactive Workshop.
  • How to Write a Thriller with Michael Slade explains the craft in detail on July 19.
  • Recent Stephen Leacock winner Will Ferguson is just one of the highlights of "What’s So Funny?" this year’s Symposium on the Book, July 18. Ferguson joins five other authors, three panellists and moderator Mark Critch, of the CBC’s This Hour has 22 Minutes, in this daylong discussion of humour writing.

For more information and to register: www.sfu.ca/pubworks.

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