Sawyer to lead sci-fi workshop

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - LIFE - By Bob Arm­strong

IF it’s true that there’s a book in­side ev­ery­one, a se­ries of events in Winnipeg this fall will help with the ex­trac­tion process.

Work­shops on graphic nov­els, mys­ter­ies, his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, literary fic­tion, writ­ing about fam­ily and sci­ence fic­tion are on of­fer, with the lat­ter led by Robert J. Sawyer, a Cana­dian nov­el­ist who has won the Hugo, Ne­bula and vir­tu­ally ev­ery other award in SF.

Sawyer’s ses­sion runs Nov. 23 and is of­fered by the Manitoba Writ­ers’ Guild. Another MWG workshop, with poet and fic­tion writer Steven Heighton ( After­lands, Ev­ery Lost Con­ti­nent), fo­cuses on cre­ation of vivid char­ac­ters and runs Oct. 27. To reg­is­ter for ei­ther MWG ses­sion, call 944-8013.

The Winnipeg Pub­lic Li­brary hosts a free workshop on re­search and his­tor­i­cal fic­tion Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., fea­tur­ing Joan Thomas ( Cu­rios­ity, Read­ing by Light­ning), Jan Horner ( Mama Dada, El­iz­a­beth Went West) and Jan­ice MacDon­ald (the Randy Craig mys­tery nov­els). MacDon­ald will also lead a full-day ses­sion on mys­tery writ­ing Oct. 25 at McNally Robin­son (reg­is­ter at McNally Robin­son).

A free workshop of­fered by the U of M’s Cen­tre for Cre­ative Writ­ing and Oral Cul­ture fea­tures David Robert­son ( Seven Gen­er­a­tions) dis­cussing how to write a graphic novel. Call 480-1065 to reg­is­ter for the Oct. 31 event.

For­mer Win­nipeg­ger Rhea Trege­bov, whose novel The Knife Sharp­ener’s Bell was set in the North End, comes to the U of W to give a talk on the fam­ily and fic­tion and “how an au­thor in­cor­po­rates per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence into writ­ing.” Call 779-9044 to reg­is­ter for the Nov. 3 ses­sion.

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