Sawyer to lead sci-fi workshop
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.