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Thursday September 21st 2017


Write a novel – from first inspiration to final edit – then submission!

 

Have you got a book in you? Have you always wanted to get it out into the world but lacked the confidence? Then join award-winning, bestselling historical fiction author Chris (C. C.) Humphreys, for a one day writing workshop that will help you banish the critic, release your creativity, and introduce you to the secrets of novel construction, character development and sheer storytelling fun. With plenty of exercises to get the fingers and brain moving, and a step by step analysis of what makes a successful, exciting piece of fiction, participants will leave the workshop with the beginnings of a novel and a road map to help you finish it. Or if you have a piece that has sat in a drawer for years, Chris will show you how to regain your faith in it, and take it to the next level – maybe even all the way to publication. Subjects will include: the separate stages of writing - from first idea to final edit; how to create great characters; plotting; editing; dialogue; how to use your detailed research in effective storytelling; the synopsis, the pitch – and how to land a publisher.

 

Come for a day of fun and hard work: it’s time the world heard your story!

 

As an actor Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has performed on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood. A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written ten adult novels including ‘The French Executioner’, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; The Jack Absolute Trilogy; ‘Vlad – The Last Confession’; ‘A Place Called Armageddon’ and ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ – which he adapted for the stage and which premiered at Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, in 2015. He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called ‘The Runestone Saga’ and ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’. The sequel, ‘The Hunt of the Dragon’, was published in Fall 2016. His recent novel ‘Plague’ won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. The sequel, ‘Fire’, a thriller set during the Great Fire, was published Summer 2016. He is translated into thirteen languages. In 2015 he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia. Website: http://cchumphreys.com

Full Day - Members $80
NonMembers $100



Secrets to Nonfiction Proposals (Morning)


Nonfiction often sells by using a "proposal" - which means an outline, sample chapter(s), and some basic information about the project. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Think again - a good nonfiction proposal is tough to write; a great one's even tougher. This nuts-and-bolts workshop provides clear guidelines of what to think about as you put together your book idea.

 



Morning - Half Day Members $40
NonMembers $50

How to Create Characters So real You'll be Tempted to Claim them as Dependents on Your Tax Return (Afternoon)


Modeled after a lecture (and title) from prolific author Diane Chamberlin, this nuts-and-bolts discussion will provide attendees tips and suggestions from many different authors on how they're able to create believable, empathetic characters.

Afternoon - Half Day Members $40
NonMembers $50

*Workshops can be taken individually or together as a full day

Story Architecture, Part 1: Concept and Premise Within the Historical Novel  (Morning)

 

"Concept and Premise Within the Historical Novel," cuts to the heart of what - perhaps as much as half the time - separates publishable stories from the most well-intended work of newer writers. This is the "idea" for the novel rendered in context to specific expectations, definitions and criteria, each of which can b e subjected to a qualitative analysis. In other words, what separates a compelling idea from a flat idea that otherwise touches all of the requisite bases. Historicals are particularly susceptible to the belief that "the history" itself will be a sufficient draw for the reader, when in fact, it is when history becomes the tapestry for an emotionally and dramatically resonant arc that the true magic of the genre is discovered. This workshop seeks to empower writers with a deeper understanding of the power of premise, with a strong analytical benchmark against which to evaluate and develop their own story ideas.

Morning - Half Day Members $40
NonMembers $50


 

Story Architecture, Part 2: Structuring the Historical Novel (Afternoon)

 

"Structuring the Historical Novel," introduces the universal principles of commercial story structure, which are largely universal (they apply to all the genres) yet can be described in context to the unique applications of the historical novel. Principles are different than rules, a nuance that too many writers miss in this discussion. Story structure is perhaps the most elusive understanding of all, especially among newer writers who haven't yet been introduced to it, as well as more experienced writers who resist the notion that their job isn't to invent a structure for their story, but rather, adapt and install their premise within a flexible universal paradigm. The workshop will introduce definitions, missions and criteria for each of the major parts of an unfolding story, as well as the milestone transitions that separate and elevate them. This workshop seeks to impart an empowered grasp of how stories unfold, with real-world examples that show how this paradigm has been right in front of them all along, yet remains so elusive for so many.

Afternoon - Half Day Members $40
NonMembers $50

 

*Workshops can be taken individually or together as a full day