Writer in Residence

Elisabeth de Mariaffi and George Murray, Writers in Residence, Winter 2018

Elisabeth de Mariaffi and George Murray

Elisabeth will be offering one-to-one mentoring during office hours (11-1 on Tuesdays in Arts 3007), by appointment at munwriter1@gmail.com . She'll also be offering two workshops. Thanks to MUN Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Canada Council for the Arts, these workshops are free and open to members of the public and to MUN students. If you are interested in taking part, you must register for the workshop in advance by writing to Elisabeth at munwriter1@gmail.com:

Screenwriting Craft: Concept to Script (Monday, February 26th, 7-9 pm, AA3033)

Turn your idea for a screenplay into a script — no, not all in two hours, but this workshop will take you through the basic steps of creating a concept/pitch document, plotting out your beats, and using those beats to create a treatment and move toward a script. We'll look at a few samples and break down what works and why. Participants should sign up in advance via email, and include with the email a 1-page synopsis of the project they are working on or hope to write.

Limited to 10 participants.

Women in Genre (Monday, March 26th, 7-9 pm, AA3033)

This two-hour workshop is open to women and female-identifying writers interested in writing genre fiction or literary-genre crossover fiction. We'll talk about the strengths and uses of genre in both a political and a narrative context, looking primarily at what drives suspense/thriller, mystery, science fiction, and science fantasy stories. This is a craft-based workshop, focusing on structure, tone, and narrative beats. Participants should sign up in advance via email, and include with the email a 1-3-page synopsis of the project they are working on or hope to write. We'll spend the first hour talking in the general sense, and the second hour on some breakdowns using those samples.

Limited to 10 participants.

George will be offering one-to-one mentoring during office hours (5-7 on Tuesdays in Arts 3007), by appointment at munwriter2@gmail.com. He'll also be offering two workshops during the semester (scheduling details to be announced).

Walking the Line

A 2-hour session on "the line" as a poetic unit separate from, yet inextricably caught within, its host poem. Key concepts include: enjambments, caesuras, length, anchor words, etc. How one starts, builds, and ends each line often separates good poems from great poems. How we begin and end each of these units can create, sustain, expand, and manipulate meaning within the greater poem at large.

Self-Editing

A 2-hour session on how to rid yourself of bad habits. Adjective overload, "of" constructions, bad line breaks, telling-not-showing, clunky metaphors, cliché; how to recognize and weed out all of these so that your "first" draft (i.e., not your actual first draft, but the one you first show others), is cleaner, more accomplished, and closer to what you always intended.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English are delighted to announce our 2018 Writers in Residence, celebrated novelist Elisabeth de Mariaffi and acclaimed poet George Murray. During their tenure from January to April, they will engage with the public, the city’s literary community, students and faculty, and participants in Memorial’s Creative Writing programs through an array of readings, workshops, and other activities, while also working on their own projects. George will be completing a new collection of poetry, Things Cut in Half, that reveals “the innards and viscera of the power structures, privileges, and scripts at play in human interaction.” Elisabeth will be at work on a new novel, Safe Harbour, which “seeks to place the way we view domestic abuse and violence in an uncomfortably close context — one that brings our power and our responsibility as witnesses into our most intimate friendships, into our own marriages, and into the way we view ourselves.” 

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