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Author to host Banff workshop April 23: The Power and Pitfalls of Creative Nonfiction Onscreen

What can happen to a nonfiction story when you add a fictional narrator? Discover the pitfalls and benefits of this approach while viewing the 20-minute documentary A New Way: An Organic Garden Changes Lives.

I’ll be hosting a 1.5-hour seminar April 23 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alta. It’s part of the 2016 conference hosted by Canada’s Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.

This workshop will reveal how creative nonfiction techniques on the page translate to the screen: what works, doesn’t work, and why. What are the similarities and differences in storytelling? I will screen three short films, including a five-minute personal essay and 4.5-minute inspirational poetic piece, and encourage participants to analyze and deconstruct them. The use of dialogue, structure, tone, voice, visual detail, and other elements will be examined. In addition, the workshop will include a short in-class written exercise.

Join me in a Victoria, BC panel “Writing Past Fear: Trauma, Taboos, and Finding a True Voice”

What are the challenges of writing about trauma, whether it’s sexual abuse, incest, or a life-altering illness? How do you connect with others through a personal story of crisis?

These are some of the topics to be addressed next month at an event I’m co-hosting. Manitoba author Donna Besel and I are presenting a panel discussion April 24 in Victoria, BC called “Writing Past Fear: Trauma, Taboos, and Finding a True Voice.” Event facilitator is aboriginal author Monique Gray Smith.

This panel, which will run from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., is part of the conference of Canada’s Creative Nonfiction Collective Society. It will be held at the Laurel Point Inn.

For more information, or to register, please see Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.