IN PERSON Writer In Residence Workshop: Polishing Our Sentences to Dazzling Gems
We want our readers not merely to read about, but to experience the worlds we create, for the best creative work is much more than a plot idea, it is one great sentence after another, each
filled with resonance, vitality, and verve. I call these rogue sentences, sentences that roil with energy, surprising, overtaking unsuspecting readers, sweeping them deep into a story which,
through the power of its language, becomes a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Join me in a delightful discovery of evocative sentences, what makes them sparkle, and how to polish our
own into dazzling gems.
We’ll spend our day in the company of good sentences, beginning with snippets of some of the world’s best writers, reading, writing, discussing, feeling, analyzing, editing, playing with language. We’ll go home better writers for having spent time with the best.
This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.
Rosemary Nixon is a pre-eminent short story writer, novelist, freelance editor, and creative writing teacher presently working on her fifth book. Her books have been a Nunatak Fiction imprint, winner of the Howard O’Hagan Award, shortlisted for the Georges Bugnet Award, nominated for the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Collection Award, and the North American Forewords IndieFab Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. Rosemary has her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She has served as writer-in-residence at universities and libraries across Canada and judged numerous literary competitions. She is an editor at Freehand Books and the recipient of the 2018 Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence.