ONLINE Slow Writing
4 weeks | Tuesdays | 1-3pm MT | Begins October 3, 2023
Instructor: Sandra Phinney
MEMBER PRICE: $150.00 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $200.00
You’ve heard of Slow Food…how it focuses on selecting the best ingredients and taking the time to produce a memorable meal. The same features apply to Slow Writing. Another term we could use is Mindful Writing. In this course, you’ll learn how to construct one sentence of your story at a time—slowly, methodically, and with intent.
Sandra Phinney, the workshop leader, will help you come up with scenes (pivotal points in your life) that you will mine for stories. Then, you will start to write using cues she’ll provide for each sentence. Eventually, you will have created a paragraph (or a story) that is delicious to read. In the process of doing this, writers can expect to expand both their understanding and use of several literary devices, as well as tuning into our senses and powers of observation.
During each of the 4-week sessions, there will also be time to have conversations around the process of writing which will include an exploration of the who, what, where, when, how, and why of our writing lives.
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.