ONLINE The Power of Prompts
Instructor: Sandra Phinney
MEMBER PRICE: $33.75 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $45.00
Looking at a blank page (or screen) can be daunting. For many writers, inspiration doesn’t usually show up on demand. Yet, give your muse a wee nudge in the form of a prompt and BINGO! Characters, scenes, and stories tumble out onto the page.
Sandra Phinney will provide lists, ways & means of using prompts to tease non-fiction stories from your memory. We'll look at how a prompt can be developed into a short piece of flash non-fiction, a longer essay, and how a series of stories can morph into a book. Sandra will share some of her “junk work” as result of writing prompts, as well as some nuggets that she’s turned into polished essays ready for publication. If you are experiencing writer’s block … this could be a solution.
NOTE: Although Sandra uses prompts to write pieces of non-fiction stories, she suspects they can be used to write fiction or poetry.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Sandra Phinney’s stories have been published in over 70 publications including Nature Canada, Canadian Geographic, and the Toronto Star. She is a regular contributor to Your Local Magazine, and Saltscapes Magazine (including their annual Food & Travel publication.) Phinney has written content for Fodor’s and D.K. Eyewitness travel guides, as well as sections for the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks in Canada. She has four non-fiction books. The latest is a travel memoir for Pottersfield Press (2018), titled Waking Up In My Own Backyard—Explorations in Southwest Nova Scotia. Currently, she has a contract with Pottersfield Press to publish a book of personal essays.
Phinney delivers writing workshops throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario on topics ranging from starting a freelance business to narrative, memoir, and travel writing. In 2021, she was the Literary Artist In Residence for four weeks at Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO site.