Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: Getting to Open

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:00 AM

Every writer wants to "hit the open zone" where writing is a deep and pleasurable part of the day, where creation comes smoothly and on a consistent basis, where we become lost inside the story, and where what we write feels rich and authentic. This three-hour course, open to writers of all genres and all levels, explores the habits, tools and attitudes that can take us to open–both on the page and in our lives as writers. Some of what you will learn includes:

  • How to develop techniques for getting yourself to the desk/coffee shop on a daily basis. How to push through blocks that make us minimize writing, or don’t allow us the time for creativity
  • How to successfully launch each writing session by developing your unique habits and rituals
  • How long to write for, what feels right for different projects, and when to stop
  • How to open yourself to your own muse through a variety of techniques including free flow, journaling, writing longhand, "doodling and drifting," and timed writing sessions.
  • Explore methods for excavating your most important ideas, memories and stories
  • How to create a "working garden" of different projects so you can "go where the heat is" at each writing session
  • Develop techniques to blast through writer’s block, to silence the inner critic, and to face down "imposter syndrome"
  • Find ways to nurture your self-identity as a flourishing writer within your community

The course includes individual exercises, group discussion, activities and lectures. Please bring a notebook or paper, and a pen.


Instructor Bio: Shaena Lambert’s latest book of stories, Oh, My Darling (HarperCollins, 2013), was published to critical acclaim across Canada; won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Story Collection of 2013; and was selected as a top book of the year by both the Globe and Mail and National Post. The National Post described it as: “Touchingly human tales about big subjects, told with beauty and dexterity.” While the Globe and Mail wrote: “Lambert’s beautiful stories are lives in miniature, each one bringing us familiar settings and situations, yet finding surprising and unexpected turns within.” It was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award for the Short Story.

Shaena has taught and mentored dozens of writers who have gone on to publish their fiction in Canada and internationally. She has taught writing at Canada’s Humber School for Writers, Simon Fraser University's The Writers’ Studio, the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts.

Date(s): Sat, September 23, 2017, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 1500, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



Phone: 778-782-8000 (or toll-free 1-844-782-8877)