Masterclass Schedule

Thursday Workshops


Presenter: Danika Dinsmore
Based on the idea of “world-building” as a jumping off place for storytelling, participants will either create a world from scratch or develop further a world they already have in mind. A generative class, we will focus on writing and creative activities to build a space so enticing you (and your readers) won’t want to leave. Utilizing the idea that “everything” has a history, we will delve deep into setting as character, breathe life into sacred objects, and use our imaginary landscapes to explore our character’s interior and exterior journeys. Doing the work in advance is not just about saving writers the hassle later; the process of world-building itself is ultimately inspiring.
Presenter: kc dyer
In which suspiciously colourful author kc dyer attempts to answer all your questions, including the ones you haven’t even thought of yet. Bring note-taking materials and prepare for writer’s cramp! This class is intended for beginners.


Everyone has a story they want to tell, whether that is from fiction or part of your life. In this 3 hour workshop, Hugo award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal will walk you through how to write short stories using a combination of lecture and in class exercises. The session will cover economical prose, effective use of point-of-view and how plot works in short form.
You've already decided self-publishing is for you and have a completed manuscript in hand, but now you're stuck, daunted by all the unknowns in the process. In this practical course, learn the specific steps you need to go from making the decision to having your book out in the world. Topics covered will include editing, formatting, publishing digitally and in print, and lots more. You will leave knowing the steps you need to take to self-publish your book. Authors with recent self-publishing experience, including Eileen Cook and kc dyer, will be on hand to share their experiences from the author perspective, too.
Presenter: Jack Whyte
Back by popular demand, this class always sells out early. This is a hands-on, attendee-participation class in which Jack Whyte offers his own critique of and leads writers through critiques of each other's most troublesome pages. Learn from the critique of your own and your classmates' work. Participants submit pages for critique and copying for all class members. Limited to twelve participants.