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Next Meeting: September 20, 2015

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Talk: Writing By Instinct

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” Robert Frost famously said. The question is, how do we get there? Lauren Carter will talk about the need to get out of your own way and let the story be written, her experience learning to trust her instincts, and how this trust can result in wise and creative surprises that ultimately lead to better, stronger work. This talk will be followed by a Q-and-A.

Workshop: Creative Revision:
Discover and Deepen Your Story's Truth

After pouring out a first draft, it’s time to begin digging into your story to figure out what it’s really about. Some stories contain a clear meaning from the beginning but most need several drafts to reveal and enrich their internal truth. In this workshop, we will engage in several creative revision exercises to understand, nourish and expand on the deepest meaning in your first or early draft. Participants are requested to bring a few pages from an early draft of a short story or a novel-in-process that they are beginning to revise.


Lauren Carter is the author of Swarm, a dystopian literary fiction novel that the Toronto Star called “one of the more realistic recent imaginings of the shape of things to come” and Lichen Bright, a poetry collection, which was longlisted for the ReLit Award. She has recently finished a second collection of poetry, a selection of which was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2013 and won the 2014 ROOM Magazine poetry prize. Currently, she's completing a book of short stories and is at work on two novels at her home in The Pas, Manitoba. Read her blog about the writing life, along with monthly interviews with writers, at
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