Muskoka’s wordsmiths are in for a treat this month as the Muskoka Author’s Association (MAA) brings two workshops to Bracebridge.
The MAA will be bringing both workshops to the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Bracebridge this week.
The first workshop, titled “Write It So They’ll Read It” starts this Thursday, Aug. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. and features Richmond, Ont. based author and writing instructor Lee-Ann Eckhardt Smith.
Smith has been the author of a number of celebrated books including Strength Within: The Granger Chronicles and, most recently, a book tackling the topic of the founding of the District of Muskoka titled Muskoka’s Main Street: 150 years of Courage and Adventure Along the Muskoka Colonization Road.
Smith’s work as a writer deals primarily with history and memoirs and her workshop will off eager writers guidance on how to turn memoir data into readable stories and will explain the building blocks of memoir narratives.
Smith’s workshop is free to all MAA members and $20 for non-members.
The second workshop takes place this coming Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featuring editor and creative writing instructor Brian Henry. Henry is a veteran, having more than 25 years experience in the literary industry. Henry publishes the popular writers blog Quick Brown Fox and teaches creative writing as Ryerson University.
Henry’s workshop, titled “How to Build Your Story, Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories” will help writers understand the process of plotting a novel and provide tips of short story writing. Henry will also share where the best places to get stories published are as well as tips on how to win writing contests.
The workshop is $30 for all MAA members and $45 for non-members.
Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register through the MAA, however cash is also accepted at the door.