Non-Credit Programs
King’s Online Writing Workshops

King’s Online Writing Workshops

Make your writing dreams a reality!

SPECIAL PRICING: Members of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and King’s students, faculty, staff and alumni get $50 off the price of each workshop.

Whether you’re working on a novel, a memoir, or nonfiction, this spring’s King’s Online Writing Workshops can help you take your skills and project to the next level. Our non-credit workshops include eight 2.5-hour sessions and are open to everyone, whether you’re still at the idea phase or already have words down on the page.

Courses in spring 2021 will run online using the Zoom platform.

Space is limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment!

Course fee is $449 + HST

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Members of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and University of King’s College students, staff, faculty and alumni pay $399!

Intro to Memoir Bootcamp: Four-week Summer Memoir Intensive

Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. (Atlantic Time), June 15-July 9 on Zoom

Take advantage of the long days of summer to plant your literary seeds!

Intro to Memoir Bootcamp is a creative writing workshop for writers of all levels who wish to learn the power of memoir to harness personal experience into works of literary art. Folks without any formal writing experience are welcome, too! We will home in on a singular, pivotal moment in your life, and employ it as a focal point for a memoir. This workshop will teach you to use form, structure, theme, shape, metaphor and other elements of writing. You’ll learn how to touch the universal by getting microscopic with the specific. We’ll look at excerpts from contemporary and classic memoir to learn about voice, subjectivity, point of view, and temporality. You’ll develop a polished chapter during this four-week workshop. Your pages will be workshopped in depth in class.

We will engage in energetic, supportive, vigorous, and compassionate discussion with fellow students on topics such as writing issues, craft points, publishing, and cultivating a writing practice. We’ll discuss the ethical and personal considerations of using material from one’s own life and how to delve past our own limitations while expanding our comfort zones. The group will meet twice weekly via live video classes with in-class generative exercises, craft lectures, and group workshops.

We will meet via Zoom.

  • We’ll do generative writing exercises in class, with a short break.
  • There will be light “homework,” and an expectation that you will write workshop pages.
  • You must email your drafts to the entire group one week before your scheduled workshop.
  • You are expected to provide detailed commentary to fellow workshop members regarding their pages and email them back to the author. Don’t worry: I will offer guidance!
  • I will email you short readings to support classroom learnings!

Cooper Lee BombardierCooper Lee Bombardier is an American writer and visual artist living in Canada. He is the author of the memoir-in-essays Pass With Care. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Ninth Letter, CutBankNailed MagazineLongreadsBOMB, and The Rumpus; and in 15 anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues, and the Lambda-nominated anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, which won a 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College and in women and gender studies at Saint Mary’s University.

Fiction Fundamentals

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. (Atlantic Time), May 5-June 23 on Zoom

We’ll explore the eight elements of story structure over eight weeks—plot, character, setting, conflict (and resolution), theme, point of view, tone, and style.

In this writing workshop, you will learn how to structure the story you’re dreaming about writing or have already started drafting.

Focusing on the building blocks of fiction writing, you’ll gain a better understanding of the importance of considering each element before you begin your next project, or during rewrites if you come to the class with a partial manuscript. Research and fleshing out such things as backstory and character details early in the writing process will bring a richness, authenticity and level of detail that will elevate your story. There will be examples offered and opportunities to apply what you’re learning through writing exercises. You’ll benefit from peer and instructor feedback during class time.

Alison Delory

Alison DeLory is a writer, editor, teacher and business communicator. She’s written news and feature stories, blog posts, personal essays and papers for print publications and web. As an author, she’s published two children’s chapter books and a contemporary adult novel called Making it Home (Nimbus Publishing, 2019) that was short-listed for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Authors Prize, 2020. She’s taught dozens of writing workshops and courses, been a judge and juror for local and national writing competitions, and is a board member at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She currently works in marketing and communications at Dalhousie University.

Writing About Hard Things

Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. (Atlantic Time), May 4-June 22 on Zoom

Good creative nonfiction doesn’t shy away from hard topics, yet with that responsibility comes a lot of challenges for the writer. From legal issues to relationships, emotional cost and self-care, how do writers sit in the trenches of difficult work while being true to story and honesty?

This course will examine how we write about hard topics, from traumas to conflicts, all while protecting and balancing the author’s wellbeing, relationships, and artform. Students will workshop their own pieces in class while learning about how to use the writer’s tools for effective storytelling, even when those stories are difficult to share. This class will be a supportive, caring environment in which to explore and create without judgement.

Kelly ThompsonKelly S. Thompson is a retired military officer who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a PhD candidate at the University of Gloucestershire, specializing in Nonfiction. Kelly won the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award, the 2014 and 2017 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2013 and 2014 creative nonfiction awards, placing 2nd in the 2019 competition. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies and in publications such as Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, and more. Her memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller and listed in the Globe and Mail’s The Globe 100: Books that Shaped 2019. Her next memoir releases with McClelland & Stewart in 2022.