with Richard Scrimger
at The Leacock Museuem photo credit Mark Raynes Roberts
Laying Siege to Your Story
Writing sometimes feels like a siege. You’re camped outside the walled town with your army: your experiences, memory, imagination, thesaurus, post-it notes, prayers, etc. Behind those walls is a captured friend or child, or a valuable but fragile artifact – your story. But how do you take the town without destroying the story? You don’t want to starve or poison it, and you don’t want to flatten it with artillery.
Follow me as I walk you around the walls, pointing out the 2 ways to get in. One is technical, one is magical. But they aren’t unique. Every story wall has the same 2 weak points, the same 2 ways in.
I came up with this image when I thought about my own recent writing, because I was blocked twice in the last couple or three years. I could not find a way into the story I wanted to tell. I ended up taking 2 totally different approaches.
Are you feeling blocked, frustrated, cut off or kept away from your own story? I’ll show you how to get in. I got over the walls of Lucky Jonah, and through the walls of Weerdest Day Ever!
I apologize for all the military imagery. But writing is not a stroll in the park or a game of spin the bottle. It is tough and violent. You are changed by writing – changed utterly. It is a kind of revolution. And, as Mao says, a revolution is not a tea party.
Richard Scrimger has written more than 20 books for children and adults, and been awarded and translated more than he deserves. His recent novels feature a magic camera, a world where everything is upside down, and the back end of Laura Secord’s cow. Fortunately, confusion is Richard’s natural state. Just ask his children. He has four of them – no, wait, they have him. Visit him at www.scrimger.ca or follow @richardscrimger if you want a giggle now and then
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The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County
functions as a hub for practitioners and fans of the written word. Our aim is to engage, inform and encourage writers at all levels and of all genres, independently and in co-operation with existing cultural and writing-related organizations, associations, libraries and community groups.
From September to June, we meet one Sunday a month from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at The Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia. Each month we feature speakers from all aspects of the writing life – authors, freelancers, editors, agents, and publishers – to motivate, inspire and enlighten writers and aspiring writers in our community. Each month we offer an optional hands-on workshop which follows a short break after the speaker. The workshop is from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
WCSC offers you opportunities for information-sharing, networking and support, education and professional development. Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, editor, or someone who just loves the way words connect, you’ll find yourself at home at a WCSC meeting.
If you’d like to be notified of what is developing with the organization, please send us a notice via the contact form on this website or subscribe using our RSS feed. Better still, you can become involved as a charter member. For more information, click on the Membership tab.
To listen to a radio interview with WCSC Past-President Deepam Wadds about the organization, CLICK HERE
We’re also seeking energetic folks with a variety of skills, life experiences and interests, to work as volunteers. Bring your organizational and networking expertise and to help chart the future of WCSC!
You’ll work with the WCSC Board to:
- provide input on a broad range of administrative and financial matters
- contribute to the development of outreach strategies for new members, speakers and presenters
- assist with organizing our workshops and meetings
- build partnerships with cultural, literary and educational organizations in the region
If you’re interested in getting involved, or volunteer in another capacity, please send us a notice via the contact form.
We look forward to meeting you face-to-face. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act!