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TWS Community Workshops: Exposition - A Better Way to Tell

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:00 AM

One of the most baffling aspects of being a writer can be dealing with exposition in writing. Exposition–or background and setting–is essential. You need to anchor the reader with background or explain/describe/inform the reader about something, and before you know it, you’ve got lots of exposition slowing things down. What to do?

This workshop provides practical steps to making these necessary aspects of your story more dynamic. We will cover ways to examine and evaluate exposition passages, discover how and whether they can or should be converted to scenes, and investigate ways to distribute necessary information more dynamically throughout your story.

This will be a hands-on workshop, so come with writing materials and a piece of your own expository writing that you want to work with.


Instructor Bio: Joan B. Flood grew up in Limerick, Ireland and lived briefly in France and England before settling in Canada. She spent a number of years in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario before putting down roots in Vancouver. Her published work includes her young adult novel, New Girl, and poetry, short fiction and non-fiction that has appeared in the anthologies Room of One’s OwnBy Word of Mouth, Emerge (Canada), Lesbian Bedtime Stories, the Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Story Competition (U.S.) and Wee Girls: Women Writing from an Irish Perspective (Australia). 

Her story 87 won honourable mention in The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Story Competition in 2012, while her young adult novel New Girl (Musa Publishing, U.S.) won the Orpheus Fiction Contest. Her novel Left Unsaid will be published in October 2017 by Signature Editions.

Date(s): Sat, November 4, 2017, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 1500, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



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