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LANDSCAPE INTO LANGUAGE: A Writing Workshop with Fred Stenson

Saturday, March 24

Fred StensonIt is often said that, when a writer writes landscape well, it is like the landscape becomes an active character in the story. This workshop will look at how writers make landscape live in the minds of readers, whether that landscape is wild, rural or urban; pretty or not-so-pretty. How do we find the words to make these landscapes speak? What are the right details to select? What's the difference between an engaging and quickly recognizable description and one that the reader's eyes pass over without engagement? How does the writer get the landscape to express the mood of the person looking at the landscape?

Fred Stenson will introduce the workshop group to the work of writers who create evocative landscapes in their work. The group will discuss how this is achieved. To carry those thoughts into action, visuals will be presented (again, wild, rural, urban, industrial) and the group will have a go at coming up with words that suit what they are seeing, then stringing those words into evocative sentences and paragraphs. The goal of the workshop is to equip writers with techniques for going into settings and taking effective, fiction- and non-fiction-worthy notes for their own writing.

Stenson is one of the curators of the Edward Burtynksy exhibition. In this role he was asked to write about one of Mr. Burtynsky's work for the exhibition. He will describe that process and how it relates to the workshop's discussion of turning landscape into language.

Fred Stenson is an Alberta based writer of fiction, non-fiction and film. His three historical novels, The Trade, Lightning and The Great Karoo are respected for their treatment and use of landscape. The first of these novels was nominated for the Giller Prize; the last was a finalist in 2008 for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Both The Trade and Lightning won Alberta's Grant MacEwan Prize. He lives in Cochrane, Alberta.

10:00am - 4:30pm
Adult $90/Glenbow Member/Member of WGA $70
Space Limited call 403.268.4110 to book
Program includes a guided tour of the exhibition Edward Burtynsky: Encounters and a catered lunch.

Presented in partnership with the Writers Guild of Alberta

 

Writers Guild of Alberta

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