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Introductory Workshop

WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE | July 16 – 26, 2018

Instructed by Jeanette Lynes & Daniel Scott Tysdal

The application deadline for the 2018 Summer Introductory Workshop has passed.
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This course is designed for writers in any genre who need a nudge to take the leap of faith that will lift their manuscript to new levels. Part workshop, part discussion group, and part assignment writing, participants will learn the tools and techniques for mastering the mechanics of rewriting, rethinking, and revising. A practical, hands-on course for those who want to develop better writing, editing and self-editing skills.

Unlike our other workshops, you DO NOT need to be published in order to attend this workshop. Simply attach 5 pages of sample writing during the application process. This course is meant to enhance your work, and strengthen manuscripts towards a publishable state.

Writing For Your Life:
Crafting with Courage, Imagination, and Care

Whether you write fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or in hybrid genres, it is time to put your words into the world and embrace the writing life. This practical, hands-on course for emerging writers combines intensive workshops with one-on-one consultations to help you spark new work and soar your drafts to new heights. Sessions will cover writing, revising, and the professional side of the writing life.

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with Jeajeanette-lynes-1nette Lynes

Jeanette Lynes is the author of one novel and seven collections of poetry. Her first novel, The Factory Voice, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit award. Jeanette’s seventh collection of poetry, BedlamCowslip: The John Clare Poems received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Jeanette also receive the 2016 Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Category. Jeanette’s second novel, The Small Things that End the World will be published by Coteau Books in 2018. Jeanette will be a Visiting Fellow at Bard College in New York City in late 2017, and The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in early 2018. In her regular life she directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan and lives in Saskatoon.

authors-photo-tysdaland Daniel Scott Tysdal

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and has earned him a number of honours, including the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In 2012, the UTSC student newspaper, The Underground, named him one of their four “Professors of the Year.”

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