Monday, October 10, 2011

What Kind of Writer Are You?

If you are, or you know, an aspiring writer, aged 14-17, living in the greater St. John's/Mount Pearl/CBS region, here's something you might be nterested in. I'm teaching a 1.5 hour workshop about how to find your writing voice. If you're interested--or know someone who might benefit from this workshop, just get in touch with me ( and I can give you the registration information. There's a very brief form to fill out, but the workship is FREE.

The information, as it appears in the WANL (Writers' Alliance of NL) newsletter, appears below.

Saturday, October 22, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, for youth aged 14-17: ‘What Kind of Writer Are You?’ A Workshop on finding your voice with Gerard Collins

From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer, from J.R.R. Tolkien to J.K. Rowling, successful authors find an audience because their voice is unique. Whether you’re writing a short story or novel, or even a blog, essay or Facebook status, it’s important to know your own voice. As a beginning writer, you are searching for what to say and how to say it in a way that suits who you are and the kind of writer you want to be. Through interactive discussion and brief writing exercises, this workshop will help you in the crucial first steps of telling your story.

Gerard Collins is the author of Moonlight Sketches, a short story collection. Besides winning several
arts and letters awards, he has been shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize and published in journals and anthologies such as Zeugma, Storyteller and Hard Ol’ Spot. He has recently served as an adjudicator for the NL Book Awards and the Writers Federation of New Brunswick short story competition. A lecturer in English literature at MUN, as well as a former high school teacher, Gerard has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award for Finton Moon, which will be published in Spring 2012.

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