Kent Stetson, distinguished native Islander, Governor General’s Award laureate, member of the Order of Canada, and recent recipient of the UPEI Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, will offer a two-tiered, sixteen-hour workshop at UPEI for writers of drama and prose fiction at various stages of their practice.
The workshop, entitled “The Character Driven Story in Drama and Prose Fiction,” will take place August 22–24, in Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 242. The class structure will include 10–12 participating writers and up to 15 auditing writers. The workshop is co-sponsored by the UPEI Alumni Association, the Dean of Arts, the Department of English, and the PEI Writers’ Guild.
Participating writers may be working on a specific text, starting a new project, or wishing to refresh their practice. They will benefit from pedagogic/craft sessions, exploration of the writers’ artistic process, and evaluation of their individual techniques. Character perspective exercises and narrative outlines to be written during the workshop will be read aloud to the group. Respectful, guided critique with feedback from other participating writers and one-on-one critiques from the workshop leader will advance each writer’s work.
Auditing writers will be those at a beginning stage of their practice, or those advanced writers who wish to observe and learn techniques for developing the major characters who drive the narrative, and the secondary characters who challenge or support them. Auditing writers will hear the work of participating writers and benefit from the pedagogy and discussions regarding character, plot, and story construction.
Visit www.MasterPlayWorks.com (Workshops) for information on Mr. Stetson’s work and workshop style.
Dr. Richard Lemm
UPEI English Department