SCL events – January to April 2015

Join us at Strathcona County Library for the following events with Regional WIR Gail Sidonie Sobat. These events are free, but please register at the links below.

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Sat Jan 17
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Meet Our New Writer in Residence!
Drop in – no registration required

Come and share a cup of coffee up at the Fireside Lounge, and welcome our 2015 Writer in Residence, Gail Sidonie Sobat. Learn more about the workshops Gail has planned, and find out how you can work one-on-one with her to
develop your own writing skills.

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Tue Jan 20
7:00 – 8:30 pm
To Market, To Market
Online registration

Discover some of the different markets that exist both in print and online, whether for novels, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, articles or comics. Find out industry facts and fictions. In this interactive session, ask Gail questions about her journeys through the hills and vales of the publishing world.

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Tue Feb 10
7:00 – 8:30
Come on Baby, Light My Fire
Online Registration

In the spirit of the season of love, the hot topic is desire. After all, sex and death are two of the greatest inextricably linked themes in literature. Desire is the key to how it all starts, and presumably leads to the end. Find out how this tension works in stories by the masters, and how to make it sizzle in your own.

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Tue March 10
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Steampunk, Fantasy and Sword—or Light Sabre—Play
Online Registration

World building is serious stuff to the writers of speculative fiction (SF). Just think of the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien or Ursula K. Le Guin, who spent years dreaming up their respective fictional worlds of Middle Earth and Earthsea, replete with characters, languages, flora, fauna, varying cultures, ideologies and religions. Whether you’ve a penchant for dystopic zombies, otherworldly hell-fiends or steam-run vampire automatons, come examine the essential toolkit for fantasy world building.

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Tue April 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Songs of Innocence and Experience
Online Registration

In celebration of National Poetry Month, explore the connections between rhythm and rhyme, poetry and song. Join Gail (who’s also a professional singer) and special musical guests to talk about how these forms are interconnected, and how poets and songwriters can inform and enrich each other’s writing practice and performance.

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Watch for Gail’s upcoming programs at the Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert libraries, to be announced later in 2015.