Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: Writer Interrupted — Reboot Your Writing Life

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 10:00 AM

Sometimes our writing practice gets sidelined for a season. Legitimate demands—full-time jobs, family obligations, long "to-do" lists—eat up our time and energy. We become writers interrupted. The longer the hiatus, the harder it can be to recover the confidence, momentum and discipline to revive and sustain a writing practice.

This workshop provides workable approaches to reboot your writing life:

  • Reframe - overcome mental obstacles
  • Regroup - put first things first
  • Recalibrate - design a personalized practice
  • Reignite - become your own muse
  • Reinforce - sustain renewed habits
The workshop includes group discussion, activities and generative exercises. Please bring a notebook, pen and a few pages of an abandoned work in progress (or just the germ of a story idea).


Instructor Bio:

Janet Fretter is a writer, editor and manuscript consultant. She writes fiction and narrative non-fiction. Her work is published in emerge 13 and was longlisted for the Creative Nonfiction Collective (CNCF)/carte blanche 2016 non-fiction contest. She is plowing through the dreaded middle of a novel in progress. 

Janet is a 2013 alumnus of SFU’s the Writer’s Studio. She returned to TWS as a fiction mentor apprentice in 2014. That same year, Janet took on the role of managing editor for emerge, the annual anthology produced by students of TWS. She is a past co-host of the TWS Reading Series, and a manuscript consultant at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)—a joint initiative of TWS and the VPL. In 2017, Janet completed an editing certificate at SFU and stepped down as ME of emerge. She is currently developing freelance editing services for emerging and established writers, and she is—at last—carving out more time for her own writing. 

Date(s): Sun, February 10, 2019, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 2520, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



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