Upcoming Workshops

RCLAS is famous for its workshops — our facilitators are top-notch and their impact is phenomenal. Don’t miss out!

These sessions are aimed at both writers and fans of literature. On average, RCLAS runs a workshop a month. Costs are extremely reasonable — and even better if you’re an RCLAS member!

Saturday April 1 – Free Workshop as part of LitFest

Our Chaotic World and Writers’ Responsibilities
Anvil Centre, Media Room 417
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nasreen Pejvack’s workshop explores the idea of encouraging writers to write for people, not for fame (e.g. Fan Fiction), and interesting people in reading again as opposed to consuming mass social-media. As she points out, today, the social responsibilities of a writer are much more important than ever in our history.

Nasreen Pejvack is the author of Amity, a finalist for the 2016 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She has been a writer/activist pre and post Iran’s brutal revolution. She moved to Canada in the mid-80s and since 2013 has dedicated her life to writing, and challenging the power hungry and warmongers.

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RCLAS in partnership with NWPL
presents Opening Up To Character with facilitator, Cathy Stonehouse
Tuesday April 18, 2017
New Westminster Public Library
716 – 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Register by phone 604-527-4660
or email askus@nwpl.ca
Inquiries can be made to secretary@rclas.com

In this workshop participants will be invited to consider what makes a successful fictional character, and to practice writing prompts and techniques designed to support the discovery and development of fictional characters whose struggles, in turn, may give rise to dynamic and meaningful narrative. The workshop will consist of both reading and writing, as memorable characters from a wide range of literary sources, and the techniques used by their inventors to render these characters on the page, will also inform our explorations.

Workshop Facilitator:
Cathy Stonehouse is the author of two collections of poetry and one collection of short stories, and is just completing her first novel. Currently a regularized instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s creative writing program, she has also taught courses and workshops in creative writing for many other Lower Mainland educational institutions such as SFU, UBC, Langara College, Douglas College and Capilano University. This summer she also facilitated a residential memoir-writing workshop for Island Mountain Art’s summer arts programming in Wells, BC. A graduate of Oxford University and UBC’s Creative Writing MFA Program, she also holds a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Langara College.

Website: www.cathystonehouse.com