StoryCraft: the Art of Writing About Life

During this series of two 6-hour workshops, we’ll cover the non-fiction writing process from information gathering and drafting, through plotting and structuring a story. Whether you’re writing memoir, essays or simply for pleasure, you’ll learn creative techniques to generate ideas and craft compelling stories. This is all you need to start writing!

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: April 16, see details below.


Day One – Writer Field Notes

During the first session, we will learn how the art of creative journaling can help us write first drafts. We’ll use various techniques to capture images, emotions and experiences in a similar way as a naturalist uses their field notes to document observations in nature. We’ll revive our memory, generate story ideas, inspire our inner creative genius, and collect the details necessary to enhance real life experiences. You’ll be amazed how creative you can be!

Day Two – Finding the Focus

During this session, we’ll discuss the role stories play within the trajectory of a life – why stories matter,  how they are structured, how we learn from them and how they help us better understand the experiences in our lives. Through a series of writing exercises alternating with instruction, we’ll burrow beneath the surface of an event, find the focus, and apply standard storytelling structure, plotting, and techniques to craft compelling stories.

Sessions may be taken individually. Advance Registration is required by emailing

“…you so inspired me to write the stories of my life. I loved your soft yet enthusiastic approach, your stories, and your prompts to motivate us. You were exactly what I needed to get me started, and although I am very much a beginner I look forward to learning more through any workshops you may give.” C. Ward

Who Should Take this Workshop

No experience is necessary. The workshops are suitable for adults who do not currently write, as well as those who have been putting their thoughts on the page for some time. It can also benefit writers interested in memoir and personal essays or just for personal growth and enjoyment. Exercises are fashioned to encourage deep thought, reflection and creativity. Beginning and seasoned writers will benefit from the practice, techniques and interaction with others.

What to bring:

Pencil or pen (and laptop, if desired)
Bring your own lunch, or choose to eat at the Parkland dining room or another local restaurant (there are several within a few minutes drive).
Refreshments/snacks will be provided

How to Register

Participants may register for one day or both.  $110/day or $200 for both. To reserve your place, email Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. Paypal or email bank transfer accepted.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

Date/Time Location & Details Workshop Fee
 Apr. 22-23, 2017
Parkland Royal Court
822 Coverdale Rd., Riverview, NB
$200 for both