Teaching a Fiction Workshop at CanWrite

I’m excited to be teaching a fiction workshop next weekend (May 17th to 21st, 2012) as a part of the Canadian Authors Association’s Conference that will be taking place in Orillia. The workshop is titled: The Rules of Fiction (and How to Break Them), and it’s a topic that is close to my heart. I have a complicated relationship with rules (any rules, really, but fiction rules in particular) and last year I wrote an essay about my journey with the rules of fiction for my MFA plenary course. Maybe I’ll post excerpts from it here one day….

Here’s the description of the workshop:

The Rules of Fiction (And How to Break Them)

Emerging fiction writers often feel overwhelmed by the never-ending list of rules found in many books about the craft. In this workshop, we will make sense of some of these rules, while encouraging writers to remain true to their voice and keep a sense of joy in their practice. Using examples from successful authors, we will explore some of the building blocks of fine literary fiction such as style, dialogue, structure, setting and characterization, and study some of the common weaknesses in prose and their remedies. Be prepared to participate in writing exercises and share your work. The class will conclude with a discussion of the process of submitting work to literary magazines.

If you’d like to attend the workshop you can sign up here. You don’t have to be a member of the CAA. The conference offers many other great workshops and master classes and it’s promised to be a great weekend.