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Continuing Education Offers Two Writing Courses this Fall

ShineramaIf you have ever dreamed of becoming a writer, or if you are just looking for an opportunity to get a little creative, Continuing Education at Trent may have just the thing for you – two courses on fiction writing taught by author Michelle Berry.

Michelle Berry is the author of two collections of short stories, How to Get There From Here and Margaret Lives in the Basement, a collaborative art/fiction book called Postcard Fictions, and the novels, What We All Want and Blur. Ms. Berry has been an instructor at Ryerson University and was on the board of PEN Canada. She is also a book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Her most recent novel, Blind Crescent, was released in May 2005.

Whether you opt for the course “Works in Progress: Advanced Workshop for Fiction Writers” and/or “Short Fiction 101: Perfecting Your Craft,” you won’t be disappointed.

“Works in Progress: Advanced Workshop for Fiction Writers” is an advanced workshop course for serious writers who would like encouraging and positive feedback on their literary fiction. Works in Progress students will meet once a month and work together on whatever fiction they chose to bring in - novel chapters, novellas, short stories. In this highly participatory class, each writer will learn how to give and receive criticism, edit and polish their writing, and see their work from a new and fresh perspective.

The course will run for 21 hours in total from September to May. The introductory class will be held on Monday, September 25. The cost is $349 (GST exempt). For students, seniors, and alumni the cost is $314 (GST exempt).

As a prerequisite for this course, students must submit a 10 to 15 page sample of writing (short story, novel chapter, etc.), which will be reviewed by instructor prior to admission to the course. The class limit for this course is only nine students and the deadline for submission is September 8, 2006 so be sure to sign-up now!

The second writing course, “Short Fiction 101: Perfecting Your Craft,” is a workshop course designed to help writers find their style and then perfect it - and maybe even give them the nerve to get their work published. This is a class filled with an atmosphere of good humour and mutual respect. The basic techniques of short story writing will be covered, as well as the tricks of the trade - including advice on grant applications and how to send a story to a literary magazine. Most importantly, students will write and develop their writing so that, by the end of the eight sessions, they will emerge with a highly polished piece of short fiction.

This course will run for 16 hours on Tuesday nights from October 10 to December 5. The cost is $319 (GST exempt), $287 (GST exempt) for students, seniors and/or alumni.        

For more information about these or other writing courses offered through Continuing Education at Trent, please visit

Posted August 25, 2006




































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