Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis
Coming to Thunder Bay

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Workshop for Writers with Angie Abdou

Hook and Hold Your Reader

This workshop will ask the hard questions: Why should anyone care about your story? What makes your writing worthy of a reader's valuable time?
Contemporary life is busy. Time that people used to devote to reading has been encroached upon by NetFlix, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
With the always-increasing demands on everyone's time, energy, and attention, writers must remember: readers do not owe you anything.
Nobody has to read your story. So, how can you shape and craft your book to ensure that it hooks readers and holds them fast until the last word?
Through a mix of exercises, examples, and theory, this workshop will explore strategies for immersing readers in vivid scenes and building emotional investment in a story.
Writers will get tips for creating authentic, engaging, and compelling fiction and non-fiction. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their works-in-progress, with topics ranging from initial idea to publication to pitching agents and publishers. Bring a pen and paper.
Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to noon Location: Mary J.L. Black Library
Cost: $10 members, $45 non-members (includes one year NOWW membership) Registration: Required. Visit the NOWW website

Angie Abdou is an Assistant Professor, English and Creative Writing in the Centre for Humanities.
Angie is presently working on a fourth novel. Her main scholarly interest is Canadian Literature, particularly writing about the body, and she is a long-standing, active member of the International Sport Literature Association. She is also a regular book reviewer for the foremost book trade publication in Canada, The Quill and Quire.

Recent Book - Length Publications:

In Case I Go (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Sept 2017. 
Between (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, August 2014.
The Canterbury Trail (a novel). Victoria: Brindle & Glass Press, 2011.
The Bone Cage (a novel). Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2007.
Anything Boys Can Do (a short-story collection).  Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2006

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