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From Memoir to Personal Journalism

From Memoir to Personal Journalism

"From Memoir to Personal Journalism"

A Tyee Master Class with 100-Mile Diet bestselling author Alisa Smith.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

$195 includes refreshments and snacks

Registration limited to: 16

Where: The Tyee’s Vancouver Newsroom

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Everyone has a story tell.

Learn how to tell it in the most effective way to appeal to a large audience. In this half-day writing workshop with bestselling author Alisa Smith, you will learn to craft a strong narrative scene based on your personal experience.

There will be tips to expand these skills into first-person journalism on any topic. Discover interview techniques as well as the principles of story selection, narrative arc, telling details and conveying character.

In class you will write, workshop, and revise your scene. The completed draft will be submitted at the end of class and then reviewed and returned a week later with helpful comments by Alisa Smith.

Refreshments and 100-mile Whole Foods catering provided.

Who's it for? This workshop will be useful for both aspiring authors and published writers who would like more art in their craft.

Requirements: Laptop for writing exercises if you don't wish to write by hand.

Alisa Smith has been a professional freelance writer for many years, with credits ranging from Adbusters to Reader's Digest. She has won a National Magazine Award and was a director for the Western Magazine Awards board. Her bestselling book The 100-Mile Diet received numerous literary prizes and was named a Chapters/Indigo Book of the Decade. She has worked as an editor at Vancouver magazine and lectured widely on writing at Canadian and American universities.

Visit Alisa's website.

Don't live in Vancouver? The Tyee has partnered with the Rosedale on Robson hotel to offer a 25% discount to Master Class participants. The Rosedale on Robson is a locally-owned, eco-friendly hotel within walking distance of the classes. Just mention you want The Tyee rate at the time of booking.