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History - Music & Film

Rock and Roll in the Swinging 60s: Pop Music, Politics, and Youth in the Creation of Mid-century Popular Culture New

This six-week course will address the cross-cultural exchanges between England and North America that resulted in the rise of a new popular culture, specifically in rock music. The course will examine the rise of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, discuss Dylan “going electric”, and assess the late 1960s “Age of Aquarius”, all within the context of the socio-political realities of the Cold War, post war reconstruction, desegregation, the assassination of JFK, and social protest in Europe and the US. There is no need to have experienced these years first hand, only a desire to understand and discuss the myths and realities, but especially the music of the age.

2015F ASCE 626G 001 • Oct 1 - Nov 5 (6 sessions) • James Martens

  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $125+GST

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The History and Sounds of Heavy Metal Music New

Heavy metal is one of modern music’s most misunderstood genres. Educate yourself on the many subgenres, incredibly rich array of sounds, and the roots of where it all began with this course. Learn to appreciate technical death metal, find out about the slow-motion slug-paced sounds of sludge metal, experience the blastbeats and hyperspeed of grindcore, and much more in this fun and informative class, taught by a life-long metal fan. Greg Pratt is an accomplished journalist who has been covering metal for over 15 years. He writes for Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles, Exclaim!, Revolver, Alternative Press and others. He was a judge for the metal category for the 2013 Juno awards, and hosted a metal radio show for many years.

2015F ASCE 627G 001 • Oct 20 - Nov 24 (6 sessions) • Greg Pratt

  • Tues • 7:00pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $125+GST

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Photography

Digital Cameras for Absolute Beginners

Is your new digital camera still in its box? Are you frustrated by all the different settings and functions on your camera? This workshop will help you to understand the settings on your camera and learn how to manage image quality, focus, and lighting, as well as highlighting some of your camera’s important functions. Perfect for the "point and click" photographer, this course will help you to become more comfortable with your new camera. Bring your sense of humour, and a freshly charged camera to class.

2015F PHOT 500G 001 • Oct 17 - Oct 24 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $89+GST

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2016W PHOT 500G 001 • Jan 16 - Jan 23 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $89+GST

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Photography Level 1 – Introduction

This course is designed as an introduction for traditional and digital photographers. Focus on the basics and you're on your way to creating picture perfect photographs! Learn the basic functions of your camera (digital SLR & traditional film SLR) including: exposure, light (metering and flash), depth of field as well as an introduction to many more photographic topics. Plan to shoot approximately three rolls of print or digital images during the course. Point ‘n’ shoot cameras (with manual functions/operations) are welcome but a digital SLR or film SLR camera will afford you the best overall learning experience. The ten sessions include eight in the classroom, plus one field trip scheduled during class time, and one more on the designated weekend. 
NOTE: Students must attend the specific classroom section and field trip they are registered in. Switching sections is not permitted.
FIELD TRIP DATES for each section as follows:
Section 001: Saturday, Oct 17, 9-11:30am
Section 002: Saturday, Oct 17, 12-2:30pm
Section 003: Saturday, Oct 24, 9-11:30am

2015F PHOT 501G 001 • Sep 21 - Nov 23 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon • 3:30pm-6:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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2015F PHOT 501G 002 • Sep 23 - Nov 25 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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2015F PHOT 501G 003 • Sep 29 - Nov 24 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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Photography Level 2 – Intermediate - Limited Enrolment

This ten week course is an extension to Mitch Stringer's very popular Photography Level 1 – Introduction course, and fills quickly! Continue improving your understanding, implementation and control of the photographic process and become more confident in your abilities and the outcome of your images. Topics will include: review of camera & photographic basics (a comprehensive refresher for everyone), further instruction in exposure and depth of field control, an introduction to the basics of the ‘Zone System’, exploration of external flash operations and introductory discussion of photographic composition. Two field trips will offer the student opportunities to explore and refine their newly acquired knowledge and techniques. The ten sessions include eight in the classroom plus one field trip scheduled during class time, and one more on Sat, Oct 24, 12-2:30pm. Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 – Introduction is strongly recommended, or equivalent skills).

2015F PHOT 503G 001 • Sep 21 - Nov 23 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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Photography Level 3 – Advanced dSLR Photography New

Take your image creation, photographic skills and theory to the next level. Reach a higher technical and creative level of understanding of the photographic process. Limited to only 8 students, this advanced dSLR photography course is designed for the serious photographer who expects the best and who will adhere to the rubric and commitment necessary to achieve excellence in image capture. With dynamic sessions centered in the classroom environment as well as further studies in photographic theory, there will be a strong practical element to this course. Students will be expected to dedicate some time to coursework outside of lectures or field trips. The ten sessions include eight in the classroom, plus one field trip scheduled during class time, and one more on Sat, Oct 17, 3-5:30pm, location tba. Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that you have completed both Photography Level 1 and 2 courses before considering this course.

2015F PHOT 507G 001 • Oct 1 - Nov 26 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 3:00pm-5:30pm • Off campus
  • $495+GST

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Learn to Use Light

This course is designed for the amateur who wants to gain more knowledge of the lighting elements used to create strong, memorable photographic images. Learn to control and use light and lighting tools to enhance photographic results by: knowing how to “read’ and create light in different environments and conditions; using different tools to create various styles, moods, and creative unusual techniques; mixing light sources and balancing lit subjects when shooting with an external flash. Prerequisite: Photography Level 1 – Introduction and/or a solid working knowledge of your camera and flash. Recommended equipment: dSLR camera with full manual control, an external, off-camera flash/Speedlight, a tripod and a flashlight with some power.

2015F PHOT 561G 001 • Oct 26 - Nov 30 (6 sessions) • Gregg Eligh

  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $195+GST

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Sport and Action Photography New

Sports and action photography is not limited to just the pros! What about amateur events for proud parents, racing fans or dance enthusiasts? This course will help you learn what it takes to capture some of the energy and excitement of various sporting events. Topics covered include equipment, camera settings, site access and positioning, behind the scenes, peak action and more! Course includes two field trip sessions taking action photos at college basketball and volleyball games. Field trips: Saturday, Nov 21, 2:30-5pm and Sunday, Nov 29, 10;30am-1pm. Prerequisite: Photography Level 1 is strongly recommended, including the ability to control aperture (AV) and shutter speed (TV). Equipment: A telephoto lens or zoom of 200mm (or more) is required.

2015F PHOT 520G 001 • Nov 10 - Dec 1 (6 sessions) • Mike Sroka

  • Tues • 7:00pm-9:30pm • Interurban
  • $195+GST

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Portrait Photography

Wish you could take better portraits of your kids, family, friends and clients? Photographing people can be one of the most challenging types of photography, but it can also be the most fun! Jesse Hlady, a professional photographer and instructor, has designed this course to help you achieve the skills to deliver stunning images of all the people you set your lens upon. Learn to tell their visual story through photographing live models, demonstrations, learning the rules of portraiture as well as how and when to break those rules! This course will concentrate on the fundamentals including; subject posing, equipment choices, locations, backgrounds, subject experience and most importantly, lighting. Equipment: Students should have a digital camera that gives manual control over exposure settings and lenses. An external, off-camera flash is recommended but not required. (Be warned this course will make you want to run out and buy an off camera flash unit!) Prerequisite: Students must have a good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed, aperture and ISO (Photography Level 1 – Introduction or equivalent skills is required).

2015F PHOT 535G 001 • Oct 26 - Nov 30 (6 sessions) • Jesse Hlady

  • Mon • 12:30pm-3:30pm • Interurban
  • $229+GST

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2015F PHOT 535G 002 • Oct 26 - Nov 30 (6 sessions) • Jesse Hlady

  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Interurban
  • $229+GST

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Creative Vision New

Be inspired and take your photography to a new creative level! You already know the basics and can take a good photo, but more often than not, there is just something missing. Rather than simply record what is in front of your camera, you will learn to make a statement about what you see. Through a series of non-traditional photographic assignments, this course will help develop and inspire your creative vision. We will take a look at the various “elements of composition” and then consider which rules to apply and which to ignore. Eye level photos shot with a 50mm lens? Boring! What about macro for a portrait? Maybe. Each week students will be given a fun, photographic assignment that encourages an innovative approach to a conventional situation. Prerequisite: Students should have completed the Photography Level 1 - Intro course and/or have the ability to control aperture (AV) and shutter speed (TV). Equipment: A tripod is recommended. Course includes two field trips: Sat, Oct 17 & 31, 9am-noon, locations TBA.

2015F PHOT 518G 001 • Oct 7 - Nov 4 (7 sessions) • Mike Sroka

  • Wed • 7:00pm-9:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Food and Beverage Photography – Workshop

This fun and information-packed one day workshop is designed for the "foodie" who loves photographing their food and beverages and has an interest in taking better and more creative shots!  Learn a few "tricks of the trade" to achieve a more professional look as well as tips on texture, form, styling, design, props and backgrounds. Gregg will share his extensive professional experience to help you understand the basic elements of food and beverage photography and composition to best illustrate them as a creative subject. He will discuss technique and demonstrate by providing several "food/beverage example displays" using accessible props, lighting and equipment that is appropriate for the non-professional, so students can go home and apply what is presented. Students will be welcome to participate by photographing Gregg's "example displays" to emulate what has been taught. Equipment: A digital camera that gives control over exposure settings and lenses. An external, off-camera flash is encouraged. Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 - Introduction or equivalent skills is required).

2015F PHOT 546G 001 • Nov 21 (1 session) • Gregg Eligh

  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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iPhone for Absolute Beginners New

Do you have an Apple iPhone but have no idea how to use it? This course is for the absolute beginner, starting with how to properly turn your device off and on, what the buttons do, how to change basic settings and time saving tips. Joel’s approachable and patient manner will help you get started and more comfortable with some of the basic built-in applications and capabilities of your device. Learn the fundamentals of sharing photos with friends, changing your ringtone, organizing icons and apps, downloading apps from the Apple store, silencing unwanted callers, and how to use your device’s camera, photos and albums. Equipment:​ Bring your iPhone to class, a sense of humour, and your power cord for recharging purposes!

2015F PHOT 504G 001 • Sep 26 - Oct 3 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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2015F PHOT 504G 002 • Nov 14 - Nov 21 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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2016W PHOT 504G 001 • Jan 30 - Feb 13 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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iPhone/iPad Photography – Taking Great Photos

Due to popular demand we have doubled the hours of this class! Catch the iPhoneography bug, learn which apps to use, how to use them together, and marvel at the results. Learn how to compose, shoot, app and share your photos with family, friends and the rest of the world. Your iPhone or iPad camera combined with a few choice apps can produce memorable images that were previously impossible without expensive software. You will cover an overview of iPhoneography and some basic shooting apps, composition and shooting tips, spend a session outside photographing people and landscapes, and finally, create "app stacking" recipes combining multiple versions of the same image processed through different apps to finesse your final images. Prerequisites: Students must have taken iPhone for Absolute Beginners OR have a fundamental working knowledge of using their device's camera. Participants must bring their iPhone 4/5/6 or an iPad, and have an iTunes account set up so they can download the required apps from iTunes before coming to the 1st class. Instructions on which apps to download will be emailed the week before the class starts.
 

2015F PHOT 552G 001 • Sep 26 - Oct 24 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $159+GST

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2015F PHOT 552G 002 • Oct 14 - Nov 4 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $159+GST

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2016W PHOT 552G 001 • Jan 23 - Feb 20 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Sat • 9:30am-12:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $159+GST

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iPhone/iPad - Taking Great Business & Interior Photos New

Learn how to take great photos that will make your online business images or sales listings stand out from the crowd. Landlords, B&B owners, online store owners will all find this class beneficial. Basic small product lighting skills will be demonstrated using affordable materials. Both interior and exterior photography will be covered. Learn which apps to use and when. Equipment: Students should have a tripod and tripod mount for their iPhone, and have a working knowledge of their device's camera. Apple ear buds recommended. Participants must bring their iPhone 4/5/6 and have an iTunes account set up so they can download the required apps from iTunes before coming to the 1st class. Instructions on which apps to download will be emailed the week before the class starts.

2015F PHOT 554G 001 • Nov 18 - Dec 2 (3 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $115+GST

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iPhone/iPad ARTography - Expanded Course!

Art and Technology – this class mixes the best of both worlds! Learn to create amazing pieces of fine art on your iPhone/iPad from your photographs. By combining certain apps (known as app stacking) and layering images with handmade textures – the possibilities are endless. If you like the look of plastic camera Low-fi images, digital paint treatments, grunge, distressed images or complete experimental abstracts this class is for you. iPhoneography is now being embraced by the news media, stock photography and magazine publishers. It’s an instantaneous sharing of ideas, organic discovery process of simple apps and ability to intuitively remix fine art, photography, illustration and computer graphics all with a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Even learn where you can sell your images! Discover how to move back and forth from digital to analog as you create handmade textures and then incorporate them into your iPhone images. Finally, we will further distress and bleach your images and transfer them onto printmaking paper. iPhoneography is a launching point for endless creative exploration! Prerequisite: Students should have taken the iPhone for Absolute Beginners course or already have a solid working knowledge of using their device's camera. Participants must bring their iPhone 4/5/6 or an iPad, and have an iTunes account set up so they can download the required apps from iTunes before coming to the 1st class. Instructions on which apps to download will be emailed in the week before the class. Art supplies included in course cost ($40 value). 

2015F PHOT 553G 001 • Nov 14 - Dec 5 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Sat • 9:30am-12:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $189+GST

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Lifestyle

A Brief History of Victoria

This course will take an in-depth look at some of the fascinating highlights of Victoria's history. Photographs, paintings, maps and videos will illustrate each session to help bring the past to life. Among the topics covered will be: local First Nations, their way of life and where they lived; Spanish and British explorers; founding of Fort Victoria; the Douglas Treaties; Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858; incorporation and growth of Victoria as a city; social life in the 1800's; role of the Royal Navy; Victoria and the Pig War; rise and fall of industries and shipping; streetcars and the development of neighbourhoods; how Victoria became the capital city; old homes and families; and Victoria's changing face during the twentieth century. Instructor, John Adams is a local historian, author and tour guide.

2015F ASCE 631G 001 • Nov 3 - Dec 1 (4 sessions) • John Adams

  • Tues • 7:00pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $95+GST

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No class November 17


Paris: La Ville de L'amour

Have you always dreamt of going to Paris? Spend an afternoon discovering this romantic city. Francois, a true Parisian will take you on a virtual tour of Paris' lively night scene, the romantic Seine, the majestic Eiffel Tower, the magnificent architecture, and the unique small communities that make up one of Europe's most seductive capitals.

2015F ASCE 661G 001 • Oct 3 (1 session) • Francois Viquesnel

  • Sat • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $55+GST

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Fly Fishing – Introduction

Join professional fly fishing guide and casting instructor Ian Muirhead to explore the fascinating art and science of fly fishing. You will learn the basic principles of casting and gain an understanding of the fly selection, entomology, knots and equipment needed to be a successful fly fisher. Proven selective strategies for catching trout and salmon in the lakes, rivers and on the beaches of Vancouver Island will also be included. Equipment will be supplied.

2015F ASCE 663G 001 • Oct 3 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead

  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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Writing and Publishing

From Film to Fiction to Memoirs to Travel – learn how to effectively capture your experiences and stories from a variety of well-known local writers. Course formats vary from workshop to seminar, depending upon subject matter and facilitator. Choose what fits for you!

Inviting the Muse: Creative Writing for Beginners

Have you always wanted to write but haven't known where to start? Have you been away from writing for a long time? This course provides a supportive and encouraging environment to help you begin to develop your own personal writing style. We will review the building blocks of creative writing and explore specific elements of writing fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Through readings, discussions, and in-class writing exercises, we will invite the muse to visit and discover your inner writer. Guest speakers will be invited for their expertise in a particular genre.

2015F WRIT 818G 001 • Sep 30 - Nov 4 (6 sessions) • Julie Paul

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Writers' Workout New

Through dynamic, practical and exploratory exercises, this class is designed to train and tone your creative muscles. Each class will offer writing exercises designed to get you off the critic’s couch and into a deep practice of putting your pen to the page. In a fun and supportive environment, you will be guided to write in a variety of genres through unique writing exercises and have the opportunity to share your work if you choose.

Maggi Feehan is author of the novel The Serpent’s Veil. In addition to winning Grain Magazine’s Dramatic Monologue contest (2002), she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals. She has written scripts for four television documentaries seen on CTVglobemedia, A channels, APTN, SNC, CLT, the Knowledge Network & Book Television; one which was nominated for a Leo Award. Maggi is an award-winning instructor, with more than 20 years teaching at the college & university level. She loves to stand on her head, dance wildly, write laser-sharp prose and frolic with fiction. 
 

2015F WRIT 873G 001 • Sep 30 - Dec 9 (10 sessions) • Maggi Feehan

  • Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $265+GST

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This course is part of our Inspired Writing Series.


Plein-Air Writing New

En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It typically refers to the act of painting outside. In a delightful twist of media, we’ve decided to swap the paintbrushes for pencils and tablets. Each week we'll gather outside to write in places both familiar and unusual around Victoria. This writing experiment offers a chance to play with words, follow language, and remain open to surprise. When we trust our first thoughts, they lead us to the authentic writing voice within.
Other than reading our words aloud, class is held in silence and includes a short walk, or easy hike, and ample time for writing, reading aloud, and nonjudgmental listening. Please bring a pen and notebook or tablet, portable chair or cushion, and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suitable for an outdoor class. We encourage both seasoned and aspiring writers to join us. No class October 6.

2015F WRIT 822G 001 • Sep 22 - Nov 3 (6 sessions) • Elin Kelsey

  • Tues • 9:30am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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This course is part of our Inspired Writing Series. Your 1st class will meet at the Lansdowne Campus. Other class locations will be given at the first class.


In-depth Writers’ Circle New

Whether you're a beginning writer, a published professional, or in the process of shifting from one genre to another, the Writers’ Circle offers you a creative, collaborative atmosphere in which to share your work-in-progress and receive thoughtful feedback. You are encouraged to bring a short excerpt from a work you are currently writing with you to each session. Work in any genre and any stage of development is most welcome. (Limited to 12 participants.)​

Instructor Elin Kelsey, PhD is passionate about facilitating people’s creative expression through writing. She is the award-winning author of books for adults and children including: You Are Stardust; Wild Ideas; Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales; Not Your Typical Book about the Environment and others.

2015F WRIT 821G 001 • Nov 5 - Dec 10 (6 sessions) • Elin Kelsey

  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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This course is part of our Inspired Writing Series.


Creating Memorable Characters

Successful fiction writers are able to create characters that jump off the page with believability, originality and likeability. In this intensive half-day course, novelist Nicola Furlong offers simple, practical and effective tips and techniques to help you bring your fictional folks to life. You will learn how to use point of view to your advantage, how to craft dialogue that crackles and how to buff up your characters by fleshing out backgrounds, temperaments, personalities and character arcs.

2015F WRIT 834G 001 • Oct 3 (1 session) • Nicola Furlong

  • Sat • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $69+GST

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The Very Adult Journey of Writing Children’s Books New

Many of us are drawn to writing for kids by the belief that we have a story worth sharing. A great story is a must, but creating a successful children’s book demands a willingness to move beyond that great story to the heart of the reader (or the one that is being read to!) Children’s book writing is a back and forth journey between the child you once were and the children you know now.  In this course, we’ll explore various genres of children’s book writing and what is being published for kids today. So, bring that great story and we’ll work collectively to help craft its journey to becoming a published book. Classes are twice a week on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.

2015F WRIT 820G 001 • Oct 13 - Oct 29 (6 sessions) • Elin Kelsey

  • Tues Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Mystery Writers' Workshop with Nicola Furlong

Love reading mysteries? Always wanted to write one? You can – with a few clues from mystery novelist, Nicola Furlong. This practical writing workshop, based on Nicola's primer Youdunit Whodunit!, is designed for anyone interested in creating crime fiction. Designed to be more craft than critique oriented, this workshop offers advice you can use immediately to improve your short story, screenplay or novel. Nicola Furlong has published eight mystery novels and a primer on mystery writing. She regularly blogs and speaks about genre writing.

2015F WRIT 884G 001 • Oct 19 - Nov 30 (6 sessions) • Nicola Furlong

  • Mon • 7:00pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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No class November 2


Screenwriting 101: The Basics and Beyond

A screenplay is the blueprint that allows an idea to go from imagination to movie. The passion to pen the “Next Great Novel” has fast been replaced by the want to write the "Next Great Screenplay". But what exactly is a screenplay and what is involved in the scripting process? This energetic, fun and informative course is for anyone who loves movies and is curious about screenwriting or considering it as a career. Classes will examine the fundamentals (using movie clips, screenplay samples and creative exercises) to explore the ins and outs of film writing. Classes are twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

  • "Terrific class. Course description was right on."
  • "Everything was beneficial. A great overview of the craft for keeners like myself." 
  • "Practical, inspiring, fun."                                                         – Student Evaluations

2015F WRIT 816G 001 • Nov 17 - Dec 10 (8 sessions) • Michael Giampa

  • Tues Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $295+GST

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Writing History

Do you have a story set in the past that you wish to tell? Whether it is family history, personal history, creative non-fiction history, or factual history, this course, with its nuts and bolts approach, will help get you started or help improve upon your existing material. Lecture topics include: research, angle of approach, dialogue, plot & structure, character development, dynamic scenes, and marketing your work. Short assignments will be given each week and workshopped during the second half of the class.

Instructor Claire Mulligan's first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, is set during the 1863 Cariboo gold rush and was nominated for the Giller prize and the BC book awards. Her second novel The Dark centres on the notorious Fox sisters, the originators of Spiritualism. The Dark was published by Random/Doubleday in 2013 and was short-listed for the 2014 Canadian Author's Award. Claire has also won numerous awards for her short stories.

2015F WRIT 828G 001 • Oct 17 - Dec 5 (8 sessions) • Claire Mulligan

  • Sat • 10:00am-12:30pm • Interurban
  • $265+GST

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Poetry: Language and Metaphor New

"Ink runs from the corners of my mouth/ There is no happiness like mine./ I have been eating poetry."
by Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry," Reasons for Moving, 1968.

Poetry is language rendered through metaphor and music. Through playful exercises and prompts, participants will explore metaphor, turns of phrase and the lyric and narrative qualities of poetry. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced writer of poetry, this one day of writing, and Yvonne Blomer's insights and ability to encourage, will inspire and support you to explore language and metaphor. Bring paper and pen and a favourite book of poems.

2015F WRIT 892G 001 • Nov 14 (1 session) • Yvonne Blomer

  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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Beginning a Book-length Memoir – Part 2 New

In this six-week class students will continue to work on a memoir they have begun. Through readings and discussions, in-class writing and homework, students will flesh out ideas on structure, tense, point of view, story, action, beginnings and endings. In-class writing will prime the pump so memories begin to flow and cohere. This is an intensive class for those interested in writing a long piece – essay or book – and in being supported in continuing that work. Prerequisite: Students will have taken Beginning a Book-length Memoir (Part 1) or will have permission from the instructor.

2015F WRIT 843G 001 • Sep 28 - Nov 9 (6 sessions) • Yvonne Blomer

  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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No class October 12


Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 1

Get it written, get it right! Wanting to write isn’t enough – being a writer requires skill sets, paradigm shifts, and survival strategies. Critic and bestselling author Robert J. Wiersema will lead aspiring writers from inspiration and preparation through writing and revision. With insights, experiences, exercises and a focus on your work, this course will be a hands-on immersion to the writing life for both new and experienced writers. The focus of this course is deceptively simple: we will look at the writing of a single scene. Scenes are the building blocks of all fiction, and an immersion in the mechanics of, and approaches to, a single scene, is the basis for the writing longer pieces, both short stories and novels. This course is intended for writers new to writing fiction, or those seeking to hone their skills or remind themselves of the basics. Required: Purchase text "the making of a story" from the Lansdowne Bookstore (approx $25). Please bring writing materials and course text to first and all classes.

2016W WRIT 860G 001 • Jan 19 - Feb 16 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema

  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 2

Writing into the world! Building on the fundamentals explored in Part 1, this course will continue our exploration of the core skills and strategies for writing fiction for the developing writer. In addition to lectures, directed readings and discussions, Part 2 will also incorporate group workshopping of student fiction. With this section, we will build on our experience writing the contained scene and expand outward to short stories and novels. We will also look at workshopping, revision and roads to publication. NOTE: All students will be expected to present and workshop at least one story. Required: Textbook same as Part 1. Prerequisite: This course is designed for students who have completed Fiction Writing Fundamentals Part 1, and will build on those fundamentals. Please call 250-370-4773 to discuss equivalency if you wish to take this course and have not taken Part 1.

2016W WRIT 861G 001 • Feb 23 - Mar 22 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema

  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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