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The Craft of Storytelling

Exploring Patterns in Narrative

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Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Location: The Alexandra Writers’ Centre (460, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Cost: $75 for AWC members, $100 for non-members


In this workshop, we will be looking at different ways to approach narrative in fiction. This could be as simple as shifts in point of view and character. Or it could be a bit more structural, with the use of a fragmented or a narrative that has a unique shape or pattern. We will be looking at texts that demonstrate different approaches to narrative, and discuss how telling it to slant can draw a reader in and add complexity to a story. We will also be creating our own “slanted” text.

Examples of what we might read include selections from Ru by Kim Thuy, Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Valley of the Girls by Kelly Link, Inventory by Carmen Maria Machado, and Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson.

We will also refer to the text Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative by Jane Alison as a reference point for the class.

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