Writer's Workshop
with Marilyn Simonds

Writing the Past – Yours and the World's
A Presentational Workshop on Writing Memoir and Historical Fiction by Merilyn Simonds

Do you have a story that you want to share with the world? Most of us do, but don’t know how to go about writing it. Author Merilyn Simonds can definitely help. She has been recognized across Canada and internationally for her autobiographical short stories, a travel memoir co-written with her husband, Wayne Grady, and her fact-meets-fiction Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated book, The Convict Lover.

In this daylong workshop, she will help participants to explore the elements common to writing memoir and historical fiction:

·      research techniques

·      development of real-life characters

·      points of view

·      structure.

She will address the special challenges that arise with fact-based writing, including: 

·      legal/ethical issues

·      breaking free from the stranglehold of chronology

·      maintaining focus

·      sorting relevant from the fascinating but irrelevant detail.

The workshop will take place at the Greenwood Centre for Living History and include a light lunch on Saturday, Oct. 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with some additional time devoted to individual feedback). Participants are invited to arrive for coffee and informally get to know each other at 9:30 a.m.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Register online a.s.a.p. at http://www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org/storyfest.html to avoid disappointment!

Also obtain professional feedback on you writing!

Merilyn Simonds also has graciously offered to review the writing of workshop participants at a fraction of her usual fee! Along with her brief written comments, she will spend 10-15 minutes with each person individually to discuss her impressions.

If you are interested in availing yourself of this service at an additional cost of $15, please

·      Register with your payment online for the workshop and bring your additional $15 fee in cash on the day.

·      Prepare one (1) to three (3) pages maximum, double-spaced in a Times Roman 11 or 12 point-sized font with no more than 250 words per page in a Word file format.

·      Email your submission as a Word file attachment before Sept. 15th to history@greenwoodcentre.org  (Late submissions cannot be accepted.) 

Some of you will remember the delightful evening that Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady afforded StoryFest participants in 2011 when they discussed and read from their co-written Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels in America memoir. For more information about Merilyn Simonds and her books, visit http://www.merilynsimonds.com  StoryFest is delighted to welcome her back with all of her knowledge and experience in turning facts into compelling stories.