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Write by the River: Fiction Workshop, Ottawa, May 7 – August 13

“All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Feel like a whistling idiot! Take Richard Taylor’s Summer Fiction Workshop, English 2903A, Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m. from May-August. This half credit course will appeal to anyone interested in writing post card stories, short stories, novels, and creative nonfiction such as blogs, personal essays, humour, travel and memoir writing. Time will be devoted to fun, stimulating writing exercises, learning how to balance inspiration and discipline, finding a personal voice, choosing a subject and developing a sense of structure. For one assignment, the class will be organized into groups of three writers and each group will write a three chapter mini novel. There will be group critiques of works-in-progress. The workshop will consist of beginners, and more advanced writers of all genres. Warm evenings some class time will be on the banks of the Rideau River.

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Rick has published a collection of short stories, a novel, many feature magazine articles and an Australian travel memoir, House Inside the Waves: Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life. For 21 years he has taught over 100 writing workshops in Ottawa, Hong Kong, Australia and Tuscany. Since 1995, when he was Carleton writer-in-residence, he has taught the Fiction Workshop, and recently, the Creative Nonfiction Workshop. His 8th Annual Write by the Lake summer writers retreat is in Val-des-Monts Quebec near a waterfall at his beautiful lake house, Monet Bay. Hundreds of Rick’s writers have published work as a result of taking his workshops. While surfing and swimming around the world, he is working on an unusual book about swimming with writers, Water & Desire.

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