Reading Like a Writer / Writing Like a Reader

(with Ian Roy)

April, 2021

In this workshop, Ian Roy will walk you through the life of a short story: from that first spark of an image or idea, to writing the first draft—and the second and third and possibly fourth—and then on to the crucial editing stage. By closely reading stories and passages from some of the masters of the short story—Anton Chekhov! Alice Munro! Gabriel Garcia Marquez! Kathleen Collins! George Saunders! Lydia Davis! And more!—the participants of this workshop will explore all the elements that go into making a story a story.

Ian will also discuss the logistics of what comes after the story is written: from submitting stories to magazines and journals to applying for literary grants and residencies. Instruction, advice, personal anecdotes, inadvertently muted Zoom microphone gaffes! This workshop will have it all!

Two-week workshop:

  • Tuesday, April 6 (7pm–8pm EST/UTC-5)
  • Tuesday, April 13 (7pm–8pm EST/UTC-5)

Required supplies: pen/pencil; paper

Suggested skill level: beginner and up

Seats available: 15

Workshop fee: CAN$45

Ian Roy is a writer, screen printer, and educator. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Antigonish Review, Arc, long con magazine, and The New Quarterly. He is the author of several books, including the short-story collection, People Leaving, which was short-listed for both the City of Ottawa Book Award and the Upper Canada Writers’ Craft Award. His other books include a collaborative art book (The Longest Winter), a poetry collection (Red Bird), and another short-story collection entitled Meticulous, Sad, and Lonely. His first novel for young readers, The Girl Who Could Fly, will be published later this year.

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