FALL 2018

SESSION 1 — Monday Sept 10th to Sunday Sept 16th (7 day workshop) 

9 of 12 SPOTS TAKEN (one single twin room left)

"FICTION WRITING" — A week long retreat with two workshops, approximately four hours long each. Optional activities include an island tour, winery tour and tasting, and a yoga class.

The workshop will include both instructor and group evaluations and critiques of the submitted material. This will precede Heighton's popular "writing as re-enaction" seminar, which he has presented at Banff Centre for the Arts, McGuill University, Massey College, and Sage Hill Writing Experience. This seminar is designed to help participants generate new work while also returning to works-in-progress in a refocused and energized way. When not in workshopping, you are free to read, write, socialize, or explore the beauty of the island. TO SUBMIT, please follow the instructions under the "APPLY" tab. You will be required to send 8-10 pages of fiction, once the preliminary on-line form has been accepted.

Instructor: Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton is the author of twelve books. He has received the Gerald Lampert Award, K.M. Hunter Award, P.K. Page Founders' Award, Petra Kenney Prize, and been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and the Journey Prize. He was a fellow at the Cambridge Literary Seminars, and the writer-in-residence at Concordia University, Massey College, the University of Ottawa, and McGill University.  

SESSION 2 — Friday Sept 21st to Sunday Sept 23rd (weekend workshop) 


"PUBLISHING 101" — So you want to get published? What is the next step? This workshop provides the information a writer needs to prepare for a professional career in the literary world. You will become acquainted with the publishing process and the industry framework for selecting, producing, marketing, and distributing books in Canada. It is important for authors to understand what publishers expect of them and what they can expect from publishers. We will discuss magazine submissions, book proposals, literary agents, contracts, and how to work with editors and designers. Topics will also include book reviews, awards, grant applications, and author self-promotion. These themes will be explored from both practical and theoretical points of view. With the industry rapidly changing, e-books and different types of publishing will be discussed. This workshop provides you with the opportunity to meet and talk with industry professionals. TO SUBMIT, please fill out the on-line form under the "APPLY" tab. No writing submission is required for this workshop. 

Instructor: TBA (CanLit publisher/ editor/ designer) There will be more than one instructor.