ONLINE Sensory Writing: Restoring the Weary Writer’s Heart
This five hour workshop invites the weary writer to a revitalizing experience where you will once more fall in love with your writing practice. Through a series of writing explorations, we will travel deep into the realm of sensory writing, and see how this brings originality and distinctiveness to language, voice and story. Sensory writing offers a critical pathway into the lush literary landscape we want our stories, and our readers, to inhabit. Our workshop focus is on clarity, honesty, and tenderness in our writing, as well as for ourselves. Where there is sharpness, there is softness. Where there is despair, there is hope. We will work with childhood memory and examine the manner in which it ripples into present day story, the connection between the past and the present, all through the illuminating lens of sensory writing. How can touch, taste, scent, sound and sight enrich language and develop character, setting, action, voice and theme? This workshop is perfect for writers both new and seasoned, writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Writers need restoration and replenishment, self care and enrichment for the creative heart which beats in our stories, and the creative heart which beats in our daily lives. Be your own literary cupid.
This is an interactive online workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
Christy Ann Conlin grew up in Nova Scotia on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Her first love was theatre and this eventually led her to writing. Her debut novel, Heave, published by Doubleday in 2002, was a national bestseller, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her second novel, The Memento, published by Doubleday in 2016, garnered rave reviews. Watermark, a collection of short stories was published by House of Anansi Press in 2019, and was a finalist for the Evergreen Award, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the winner of the Miramichi Reader Short Fiction prize. Christy Ann’s short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room and Numéro Cinq. Her work has also been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize. Christy Ann’s radio broadcast work includes co-creating and hosting CBC Fear Itself, a national summer radio series, along with documentaries for CBC Doc Project and Outfront. Christy Ann studied screenplay writing at the University of British Columbia. She has taught creating workshops and as an online instructor at the University of Toronto for many years. Christy Ann works as a mental health advocate and lives in Nova Scotia with her sprawling sandwich generation family. Her next novel, Speed of Mercy, will be published by House of Anansi in March 2021.