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Saturday, January 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Why should anyone care about your story? What makes your writing worthy of a reader’s valuable time? Contemporary life is busy. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have encroached on the time people used to devote to reading. With the ever-increasing demands on readers’ time and energy, writers must remember: readers don’t owe you anything. Nobody has to read your story. So, how can you shape and craft your nonfiction to ensure that it hooks readers and holds them fast until the last word? Through a mix of exercises, examples, and theory, this webinar will explore strategies for immersing readers in vivid scenes and building emotional investment in a story. Writers will get tips for creating authentic, engaging, and compelling nonfiction. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions specific to their works-in-progress. Topics can range from initial idea to publication and promotion.

Members: $25
Non-members: $35

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aabdou15bwAngie Abdou is a Canadian author who has published four books, including the novels The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011 defended by NHL star Georges Laraque) and Between (2014, Arsenal Press). The latter has been reviewed favourably in The Globe and MailNational Post, Winnipeg Review, and Vancouver Sun, as well as by the book industry’s publication Quill and Quire. In the US, New York’s Library Journal listed it as a Top 13 Indie Pick for Spring 2015. For The Bone Cage, Angie won the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year, and in doing so joined a prestigious group of authors, including Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel. Between was named a “Best of 2014″ book by PRISM Magazine49th Shelf, and The Vancouver Sun. Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her nonfiction has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including National Post and Elle Magazine.


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