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07 Mar, 2009


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Not this weekend, but soon.

ITEM 1: Workshop – A Good Story is a Good Story: Writing Well for Children and Adults

Presenter – Alan Cumyn

A day-long workshop exploring universal aspects of fine writing and storytelling whether writing for children or adults.

What makes a good story? How to mine your own experience to create compelling fiction for others. How to switch gears to write for different audiences. Through guided exercises, discussions and examples from his own deeply varied work, Cumyn will explore these and other issues.

Alan Cumyn is the author of ten novels including the Giller-nominated Burridge Unbound, a chilling human rights novel, Losing It, a darkly hilarious work about madness, and such beloved works for children as The Secret Life of Owen Skye.

Cumyn is currently on faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Free parking on weekends available adjacent to Building P. (NOTE: lunch is not included. Please respect our fragrance-free environment.)

5 Responses to "Nervous"

1 | Nat

March 7th, 2009 at 2:30 pm


Oh that looks interesting. Who’s hosting it?

2 | BeachMama

March 7th, 2009 at 2:38 pm


Very cool. So are you going to Vermont??

3 | Julie

March 8th, 2009 at 5:34 pm


Why are you nervous? Are you presenting or attending? If it helps, I’ve done a workshop with Alan and he is very approachable. You’ll have an awesome experience. You have nothing to be nervous about — you’re already a fantastic writer.

4 | andrea

March 8th, 2009 at 6:54 pm


It’ll be at Algonquin College. I am attending.

I hate to admit it, but I’m nervous because I’m not sure if I’m as creative a writer as I used to be. But that creativity can’t just have disappeared. It has to still be in there somewhere, right?

5 | DaniGirl

March 9th, 2009 at 11:44 am


Oh gosh, I would so love to attend this! Not sure I have room in my life to dedicate an entire Saturday to it, though. Give us the full review with tips, okay? (And I agree, you have nothing to be nervous about and the world to gain!)

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