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R 3  Memories into Memoirs/Creative Writing


Want to write your life story or record the events that made up your life or the lives of your ancestors?  Not sure where or how to begin?  This class will help you to get started and to finish writing the stories of adventures, romances, heartbreak, practical experiences and simple day-to-day events that make up your life.  Join this class and create a legacy for present and future generations. You read out your personal stories to one another in a classroom setting. 

 

Pre-requisite: Grade 12 English or a good understanding of both the written and spoken English language.

Class limit: 8
 

Class runs: 8 classes, 1:00-3:00 once a week (Thursdays). 

 

Cost: $80

Class notes: $3 

What to bring to class:

A notebook and pen.

Start date:  January 19th, 2023

Instructor:  Joy Berkana

 

R 4 From Plot to Theme

 

Enjoying and Understanding Short Stories.

The aim of the course is to explore the range of techniques writers use to present their insights into human nature while telling a good story.

 

Each week we will read a short story, or two short extracts, first to enjoy a good tale, and then to ask, “Why did the author write it? Is there something more behind the simple storyline?”

 

We will look at techniques such as Irony, Setting, Contrast, Symbolism and Viewpoint in order to see what the writer is implying on a deeper level.

 

Some of the stories we will explore are The Little Shoemaker (Roch Carrier), Story of an Hour (Kate Chopin), The Lottery (Shirley Jackson), Clay (James Joyce), and Hills Like White Elephants (Ernest Hemingway).

 

Prerequisites: A love of reading, enjoyment of a good story, and an interest in human nature!

Class limit: 8

Class runs: 6 classes, 1:30-3:30 once a week (Fridays) with the exception of February 24th.  

 

Cost: $60

Class notes: $3

What to bring to class:

A notebook and pen.

 
Start date:  January 27th, 2023

Instructor:  Peter Gibson