Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Headline: Hurry and Register for the Victoria School of Writing's Summer Intensive Program!!

Registration for the Victoria School of Writing's 13th annual intensive summer session, July 20 – 25, 2008, closes on June 15th. We’re proud to introduce the seven accomplished Canadian

authors who will lead our workshops this year:
Steven Galloway— “Fiction and the Truth”
Sarah Leavitt— “Developing a Graphic Narrative” (Graphica)
Curtis Gillespie— “Why Memoir?”
Rita Moir— “Writing Deeply” (Creative Non-Fiction)
Rosemary Neering— “Getting Published: From Idea to Proposal to Manuscript to Book”
Kathy Page— “The Lovely Hybrid” (Short Fiction)
Susan Stenson— “When the Shadows of the Heart Lift” (Poetry)

A first for us in our 13-year history is a workshop on the graphica genre. “Developing a Graphic Narrative” will be led by writer and illustrator Sarah Leavitt. Participants will do daily cartooning exercises and complete a short graphic narrative by the end of the course. Leavitt’s drawings have been published in Modern Dog and Maisonneuve online and appear regularly in Geist. Her prose has been published in Geist, Vancouver Review, the Globe and Mail and a number of anthologies, and she writes a monthly column for Xtra West. Her thesis was the first graphic narrative in the history of UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program.

Graphica course description:
Throughout the week, course participants will examine comics, graphic novels and graphic memoirs by Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, David B, Seth, Lynda Barry and more with these questions in mind: how does graphic narrative work? What makes these books more than just illustrated prose? What techniques does each creator use to make his or her work cohesive and effective?

Also, Steven Galloway will be teaching Fiction and the Truth. Galloway is the author of three novels which have been translated into over twenty languages and optioned for film. His most recent novel is The Cellist of Sarajevo. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, and lives in New Westminster, BC.For more information, please visit our website: http://www.vswblog.wordpress.com/

For questions, please email: coord@victoriaschoolofwriting.org

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