Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: Writing from Life: Rewards and Challenges

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:00 AM

If you’ve ever wanted to start writing the stories of your life, but have been uncertain where to start, this workshop is for you. Join Claudia Cornwall as she discusses the basics of memoir, including form, sources of content and legal and ethical issues. Then, put what you’ve learned to the test by writing the story behind an object that has a lot of meaning for you. A ring, a photo, a painting, a tea cup, a trophy—each one of these items could house a fascinating story. If you like, and the object is portable, it might be fun to bring it along to the workshop. If it is not portable, you could bring a photo. The day will be rounded out with the opportunity to share your work, and a chance to ask any questions. 

Please bring a laptop or notebook and pen to this workshop.

Instructor Bio:

Claudia Cornwall, BA Hons, PhD, is a successful freelance writer whose second book, Letter from Vienna, won a 1996 B.C. Book Prize for non-fiction.

Her articles have appeared in several national publications, including The Globe and Mail and Reader's Digest. She earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of Calgary and has taught undergraduate philosophy at the University of Toronto.

In 2011, she won a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Journalism Award worth $20,000. Her book At the World's Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver 1937–1998 was published in October 2011. Find out more at

Date(s): Sun, Nov. 17, 2019, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 1510, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register

Related topic(s): Creative Writing



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