Fort McMurray Creative Writing Series Webinars – Open to Everyone

The following webinars are open to everyone, programmed by WGA regional Rep Dorothy Bentley.

Writing Thrillers and Other Dangerous Novels with Julie Rowe

Saturday, April 18, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Free for WGA members, $20 for non-members

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Want to write a New York Times Bestseller? Thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels consistently rank in the top 25 books on the NYT bestseller list. Some of the biggest authors in the world write dangerous novels—James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, and John Grisham to name only a few.

Writing a good book with a dangerous edge has both pros and pitfalls. Julie Rowe, author of the military thriller Biological Response Team series and the thriller Outbreak Task Force series, will provide information, insight, writing exercises, and comprehensive feedback on your dangerous novel.

What you will learn:

  • The differences between the separate genres and subgenres of thrillers, mystery, and suspense novels
  • Understanding what drives your novel, the plot, the characters, or specific events
  • How to craft a cast of compelling and conflicted characters
  • Where and when to add life-threatening events, attacks, and crimes.
  • various outline methods, and finding your unique planning process
  • How to nail that all important first page of your novel

Every lesson includes questions and/or writing exercises designed to help you prepare to write (or revise) your dangerous novel.

Who should take this course:

  • Beginning writers who aren’t sure how to start writing a thriller, mystery, or suspense
  • Intermediate writers who want to tackle more intricate plotlines and characters
  • Experienced writers who want to step outside their comfort zone in a difference genre and/or plan an entire series

Full-time author and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the Northwest Territories and Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she still resides. Julie’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles include Sleight of Hand Book #3 and Search & Destroy Book #4 of the Outbreak Taskforce series. Julie’s articles have appeared in magazines, such as Romantic Times magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates communication workshops at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. You can find her at, on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

Writing Place, Writing Self, Writing History: The Documentary Poem with Dr. Ryan Cox

Saturday, May 9, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Free for WGA members, $20 for non-members

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The Documentary Poem, as Dorothy Livesay once noted, is a particularly Canadian genre. It represents an intersection of place and history with poet’s self. In this workshop we will explore techniques for writing poems in the documentary mode, and how to work with, through, and against historical documents in order to create poetry.

Topics covered:

  • The Documentary Poem: An Introduction
  • Approach 1: Dorothy Livesay’s Dialectic (Model text: “Day and Night” by Dorothy Livesay)
  • Approach 2: Writing over and through with Robert Kroetsch (Model Text: “The Ledger” by Robert Kroetsch)
  • Approach 3: Disrupting the Document with Play (Model Texts: The Place of Scraps and Un/Inhabited by Jordan Abel)

These will be supplemented by further examples of the concepts applied

Ryan J. Cox teaches English, Film and Cultural Studies at Keyano College in Fort McMurray. His poetry has appeared in The Windsor ReviewCarousel, and Arc Poetry Magazine. He also regularly contributes book reviews to Prairie Fire, and his critical writing has appeared in English Studies in Canada and Canadian Literature.

Register for: Writing Place, Writing Self, Writing History: The Documentary Poem with Dr. Ryan Cox

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