Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25 | March 11, 18, 25 | April 1 (Mondays)
Location: 3501 Peel Street, Montreal (Basement)
Course Description: Welcome to How to Write a Book 101! In this 8-part course we will explore the behind-the-scenes and inner workings of your favourite genres, from Tolkien-esque High Fantasy to nail-biting Mystery, from Victorian Steampunk to the forbidden love of Harlequin novels. Our classes together will be spent partly in interactive lecture and partly in collaborative workshop where we can develop and grow our own literary ideas. So come with a blank page or with a notebook full of ideas, we will work to build foundations as well as edit the finer details of our stories. This is a course for novice, intermediate and expert writers alike because, despite our experience, there is always more we can learn. By the end of our semester together we will be better prepared to build awe-inspiring worlds, create compelling characters, frighten our readers and tug at the heart strings. Bring paper, a pencil and your passion for storytelling!
About the Instructor: Ben Gaunce believes that writing for pleasure is an avenue to greater appreciation for all literature. Writing effectively changes how we approach and evaluate storytelling. It gives us insight into the makings of tales that are capable of eliciting emotion and thought, and he has been lucky to have had the opportunities to write with the goal of doing just that. His experience is in both prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Ben believes that a good writer exposes themselves to a variety of genres and stories, and so he tries his best to do that. He is a fiction enthusiast currently on a binge of 1980’s sci-fi. Among his favourites he includes the works of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and, at the risk of sounding the snob, Ernest Hemmingway. He is a poet, a professional orator and speechwriter, and an impassioned amateur writer.
- Notebook + pencil and/or Laptop.
- No previous knowledge required, just a desire to write!