Sunday, January 24, 2010

AWCS Killer Thriller


Weekend Writing Intensives 
January 29-31, 2010
How to Write a Killer Thriller with Mike Harrison
This course covers the A to Z of writing a first-class mystery. All great stories take you on a journey and this course shows how to build yours to a shattering climax. It teaches character development from a unique perspective and shows how to keep your story entertaining. It also deals with the pitfalls of over-plotting and answers the writer's nagging questions about descriptive narrative: how much is enough and how much is too much. It's great fun, interactive and you'll learn more than you ever thought possible.

Mike Harrison Is the author of more than half a dozen short stories published in various editions of the Pan Book Of Horror in the UK.  Upon moving to Canada he published everything from business profiles, movie reviews, horoscopes, quizzes and circulation building contests for many major Canadian newspapers and various trade magazines including Roger’s Video and Reader’s Digest.
Mike is the author of Mind Your Manors, a stage play that was produced as a dinner theatre piece by the Dewdeny Players, as well as several movie scripts, including The Fifth Rule, that was optioned by a major Hollywood studio.

In the last several years he has written three Eddie Dancer mystery novels, All Shook Up, for which he won a Best First Novel award, Wild Thing, and Ruby Tuesday. Mike was also a runner up in the prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards. 
Currently Mike runs Write Away! – a writer’s group in Okotoks, and is writing a non-fiction entitled Witness and a fiction entitled The First Hole. There are another eleven hundred novels in his head.

Put Your Past On Paper with Shirley Serviss
Have you always intended to write your life story "someday"? This workshop will help you discover the story in your life and how to bring it to life on the page. We will also discuss many different ways to present your memoir and some of the difficulties of writing our truth. Come prepared to write and share.

Shirley A. Serviss writes poetry and non-fiction, teaches creative writing and works part-time as a literary Artist on the Wards for the Friends of University Hospitals in Edmonton. She has published three collections of poetry: Model Families, Reading Between the Lines and Hitchhiking in the Hospital (Inkling Press, 2005). She just completed a term as the Writer-in-Residence for the Canadian Authors Association— Alberta Branch and is the former editor of WestWord, the Writers Guild of Alberta member magazine.

Please contact AWCS by phone or email if you wish to register for either of these upcoming weekend intensives.

"To enhance the creative writing experience through learning, community and support."

The Alexandra Writers Centre Society
922, 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB  T2G 0S4
P. 403.264.4730