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 a more journalistic piece, the King’s Online Writing Workshops can help you take your skills and your project to the next level. Our non-credit eight-week workshops are open to everyone, whether you’re still at the idea phase or already have words down on the page.
Courses in winter 2021 will run online using the Zoom platform from late February to mid-April.
Space is limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment!
Course fee is $449 + HST. To register, please complete and submit the application form.
Members of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and University of King’s College students, staff, faculty and alumni pay $399!
Everybody has a story to tell. This creative writing workshop is geared towards experienced writers who have already taken a memoir workshop with Cooper, or who have prior experience in a formal memoir workshop. We will home in on a singular, pivotal moment in your life, and employ it as the focal point for a memoir. This workshop will help you figure out how a brilliant story can be wrought from the material knowledge of your experiences, and how to use form, structure, theme, shape, and other elements to make your experiences into art. You’ll also learn how to touch the universal by getting microscopic with the specific, and deepen your understanding of the tools and craft of creative nonfiction to tell a story about you that also tells something about the culture at large. You’ll develop a polished chapter (or two) over the course of this eight-week workshop. The chapters 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 weekly via live video classes with in-class generative exercises, craft lecture, and group workshops.
Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in Halifax. He holds an MS in Writing/Book Publishing (Portland State University), an MFA Creative Writing/Nonfiction (Portland State University), and a BFA Illustration (Massachusetts College of Art). His writing appears in many publications and in 12 anthologies, such as The Malahat Review, The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, BOMB, and The Rumpus; and recently in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues, and the Lambda-nominated anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, which won the 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His recent essay “Half as Sensitive” was nominated by The Malahat Review for a 2019 Canadian National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism. The Huffington Post listed Cooper as one of “10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art.”
The essay is one of the most enduring yet fluid forms of writing. In this workshop, we will explore what happens when we write across and around genres to create hybrid (often called “lyric”) essays. Spanning the scope of nonfiction and poetry, the hybrid essay can appear as collage (and bricolage), braided, hermit crab, among other inventive forms. We will read and discuss a wide range of examples, draft and workshop our own hybrid essays and enter uncharted territory.
Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a mentor in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program and Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University. Halifax’s Poet Laureate from 2005-2009, Lorri is the author and contributing editor of fourteen collections of poetry, creative nonfiction and scholarly work, and has received awards for her innovative teaching, ethnographic research and her work in the arts. Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017) is her exploration in hybrid form of the lives of her Ininiwak and Métis grandmothers and their contemporaries. It was shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and won The Miramichi Reader‘s “Best of” nonfiction award. As visiting scholar, professor and freelance writing coach, Lorri has worked with writers across Canada and in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Chile. Lorri’s award-winning essays and poetry have appeared in The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Event, Grain, CV2, among other journals and anthologies, and her poetry has been adapted for libretti by composers Tawnie Olson and Kala Pierson. A Red River Métis, Lorri lived on the Prairies before moving to Nova Scotia in the1980s. She divides her time between Halifax and Rose Bay, N.S.
Come and join award-winning writer Anakana Schofield and explore the practice of fiction. Students will discover there’s no one way to write something, how to dig in and establish a distinctive writing practice and read towards what you wish to write. We will work according to Borges’ adage that “every writer… is fated to have a personal universe.” Students will encounter innovative examples of fiction and undertake exercises to explore the possibilities of this form. Students will work autonomously and together to unravel their ideas and expand them. Students will utilize cross-disciplinary sources (including digital, sound, film, photography, painting, dance) for material and departures. Bring passion, anticipate progress and prepare to be pole vaulted by language and form. This course is suitable for anyone who is open-minded, loves literature and is curious.
Anakana Schofield is the author of the acclaimed, Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel Bina – A Novel in Warnings, Giller Prize-shortlisted novel Martin John, which was also a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize in the UK, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and named a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Sunday Business Post, Toronto Star and Irish Times, among others. Her debut novel Malarky won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in the United States and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her writing and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, Irish Times, Globe and Mail, National Post, London Review of Books blog, and The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.
What the Goldsmiths Prize jury had to say about Bina:
“Startlingly original and horribly funny, Anakana Schofield’s Bina is that rare thing: a black comedy about euthanasia. Composed as a series of warnings scribbled on the backs of envelopes from the safety of her bed, the narrator is a septuagenarian who has had enough. In all her despair, and empathy for the despair of others, Bina emerges from her elliptical missives, addressed to everyone but no-one in particular, as an eccentric heroine of monumental moral courage.”
Capturing the very essence of a person, place or thing can mean the difference between a reader turning the page or closing the cover for good. Description is a writer’s sharpest tool for carving out a lasting impression, whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction. Just ask Stephen King: “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
Through short assignments, in-class feedback and readings, and a guest speaker or two, this interactive, eight-week workshop will unlock your creativity and help elevate your project through smart, sensory description. Borrowing from fiction and nonfiction, we’ll explore: establishing mood; developing your eye (and ear); curating detail; finding the right adjectives; picking up and slowing down the tempo; and, perhaps most importantly, knowing when enough is enough.
Beth Hitchcock is a 20+-year veteran of the publishing industry whose writing credits include Canadian Business, Canadian Living, Cottage Life, Today’s Parent and The Toronto Star, among others. Currently a weekly columnist for the Globe & Mail, Beth also contributes features to the paper’s popular “Pursuits” and “Style Advisor” sections. She is the former Executive Editor of Chatelaine magazine and, most recently, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian House & Home. Along with award-winning HGTV star and designer Sarah Richardson, Beth is the co-creator of the bestselling new book series Collected by Sarah Richardson (Simon & Schuster Canada). A frequent guest speaker at industry events and educational institutions across Canada, Beth holds a BA in English from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BAA in Journalism from Ryerson University, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College. She recently relocated from Toronto to Dartmouth, N.S.