Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: The Writer's Notebook: Capture Gems and Spark Creativity

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:00 AM

Many writers use a notebook (or a digital file) as a vital tool to capture images and bits of overheard conversation, to brainstorm, to freewrite or to test a new technique. But how do we then mine this collection of random gems to spark imagination and creativity? 

In this generative workshop, Janet Fretter shares approaches to invigorate, transform or begin a notebook practice. She’ll help you identify and extract notebook nuggets that can inspire new projects or rekindle a work in progress. You’ll leave with your “pen on the scent” of your next great piece of writing! 

Bring an existing or new notebook and your usual writing supplies.

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, Jan.19, 2020, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 1510, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



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