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The History of Horror Films New

Audiences have long been obsessed with the “out-of-the-ordinary”, with things that make us look away – yet also look. Why? Because horror taps into the most universal of emotions…fear. Of the dark. The stranger. The things that go bump in the night. These play out cross-culturally – serving as cautionary tales in the films of today just as they did in the legends of centuries past. This compact course will look into that phenomenon via discussion and movie clips. By examining shock as escapism, and scares as social catharsis, you can see how horror has been the most consistently popular genre since the advent of film....and for bloody good reason.

2016W ASCE 615G 001 • Mar 5 (1 session) • Michael Giampa

  • Sat • 10:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $95+GST

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The History of Sci-Fi Films New

Science Fiction films have the strongest “what if?” factor of any genre. It’s where we “boldly go” to explore dreams of a utopian tomorrow and the fear of a chaotic one. How we test the fictional tech that may someday become science fact. It’s what allows us to embrace both our inner geek and outer Saver-of-the-World. Sci-Fi has shown us Ripley annihilating aliens and Skywalker destroying the Death Star, it’s the genre least bound by narrative constraint. Its stories can go from the edge of space to the middle of the earth. Yet these films serve a far deeper purpose than simple escapism. Sci-Fi allow us to investigate political scapes, social commentary, and the human condition under the guise of fantasy and fun. Societal reflection can be found in movies like Mad Max, Children of Men, Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, and District 9. They entertain... but also enlighten and it’s these reasons – and more – that have made Sci-Fi the most successful (thank you, Avengers and Avatar) genre in movie history.

2016W ASCE 616G 001 • Mar 12 (1 session) • Michael Giampa

  • Sat • 10:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $95+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.

2016W PHOT 500G 002 • Apr 2 - Apr 9 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

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

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2016P PHOT 500G 001 • Jun 4 - Jun 11 (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 two field trips. NOTE: Field trips are either scheduled during regular evening class time or on weekends – see following for weekend schedules. Section 006 has both one of the classroom sessions (9-11:30am) and one of the field trips on Saturday, Apr 23 (12-2:30pm). Students must attend the specific classroom section and field trip they are registered in. Switching sections is not permitted.

Field trip dates:
Section 004: Sunday, Apr 24, 9-11:30am; & Sunday, May 15, 12-2:30pm, location tba
Section 005: Saturday, Apr 23, 3-5:30pm; & Saturday, May 14, 12-2:30pm, location tba 
Section 006: Saturday, Apr 23, 12-2:30pm; & Saturday, May 14, 9-11:30am, location tba

2016W PHOT 501G 004 • Apr 5 - May 24 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • Sun • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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2016W PHOT 501G 005 • Apr 7 - May 26 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 3:00pm-5:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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2016W PHOT 501G 006 • Apr 13 - May 25 (9 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Interurban
  • Sat • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Interurban
  • Sat • 9:00am-11:30am • Interurban
  • 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, 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 the two field trips. Note: Field trips are either scheduled during regular evening class time or on weekends – see below for schedules. Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended, or equivalent skills).

Field trip dates:
Section 002: Sunday, Apr 24 & May 15, 3-5:30pm for both

2016W PHOT 503G 002 • Apr 7 - May 26 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Thur • 3:30pm-6:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 3:00pm-5:30pm • 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 two Sunday field trips – see schedule below. Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that you have completed both Photography Level 1 (Introduction) and Level 2 (Intermediate) courses before considering this advanced level course.

Field trip dates (note different times):
Sunday, Apr 24, 12-2:30pm & May 15, 9-11:30am, locations tba.

2016W PHOT 507G 001 • Mar 21 - May 16 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • Sun • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • $495+GST

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Faces, Fashion and Figures

Increase your creative, technical and 'directing' skills working with people and talent (models) to shoot images with more style and impact! Learn how to use light to create and enhance mood. A photographer must be confident and comfortable with both the knowledge required to ‘be-in-charge’ while also establishing co-operative relationships to reach common goals and work successfully with subjects.
Using nude and clothed male and/or female models you will work with the human figure to study form and line. You will learn to direct and communicate; to study, understand and emulate editorial and fashion type styles and images; and using your own tools (flash), you will learn techniques to confidently manage in challenging shooting conditions (e.g. low/bad light). Discussion of concepts, demonstrations and critiques of student images will also be covered. Equipment: A digital camera that gives control over exposure settings and lenses. An external, off-camera flash is required. Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course or equivalent skills is required).

2016W PHOT 536G 001 • Feb 3 - Feb 29 (7 sessions) • Gregg Eligh

  • Mon Wed • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $249+GST

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Classes are Mon and Wed.


Travel Photography: No More Snapshots

No more snapshots. Often we are excited by a photographic subject only to be disappointed with “less than exciting” results. Through a series of discussions, examples, and assignments, this course will help the student take more memorable photos of their travels. Several areas will be covered including people, architecture (exteriors and interiors), animals, and of course the traditional landscape. We will also look at becoming more involved with your subject. The course will review equipment and accessories that can help you in your travels. Open to all levels of photographer with no equipment recommendation or requirement. There are five evening classroom sessions, plus two field trips.

Field trip dates: Saturday, March 5 and 19, 9am-noon, locations TBA

2016W PHOT 528G 001 • Feb 24 - Mar 23 (7 sessions) • Mike Sroka

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • $239+GST

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iPhone/iPad Photography – Taking Great Photos

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. Equipment required: 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. NOTE: Instructions on which apps to download will be emailed the week before the class starts. Prerequisites: Students must have a fundamental working knowledge of using their device's camera.

2016W PHOT 552G 002 • Mar 10 - Mar 31 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Thur • 1:30pm-4:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $159+GST

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Nature Photography with Mitch Stringer New

This weekend course will instruct you on how to take better nature photos whether in a local park or around the world. You will learn how to consider composition when photographing, become more aware of light and how to best use your camera to help bring out the maximum impact of the setting. Through a mix of lectures, field trips and group critiques, you will learn how to go beyond snapshots to create more professional quality images in the field. Equipment: A digital SLR (dSLR) camera and tripod are recommended, but not required for this course. Prerequisite: Participants should have a strong understanding of photography basics (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended or equivalent skills). 

Course schedule:
Classroom Sessions: Fri, May 6, 6:30-9pm; Sat, May 7, 1-4pm; Sun, May 8, 1-4pm; Lansdowne Campus
Field Trips: Sat, May 7, 9am-noon; Sun, May 8, 9am-noon, locations tba.

2016P PHOT 506G 001 • May 6 - May 8 (3 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • $209+GST

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Flower and Garden Photography with Mitch Stringer New

Many fascinating and exciting subjects for photographs are as close as your own back yard. Learn how to use exposure, focus and creative techniques for stunning floral and garden photos. Whether you are using an SLR digital camera loaded with special features or a simple point-and-shoot camera, you can learn how to take great photos in your garden. Topics will include: exploring the many facets of successful close-up photography, tips on composition, and how photographing from different angles can create dynamic images. Learn to control the photographic capture, and navigate challenging lighting with ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Cultivate and improve your artistic vision using selective focus, unexpected angles and depth of field to create imaginative and inspired images. Prerequisite: Participants should have a strong understanding of photography basics (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended or equivalent skills).

Course schedule:
Classroom Sessions: Fri, May 20, 6:30-9pm; Sat, May 21, 1-4pm; Sun, May 22, 1-4pm; Lansdowne Campus
Field Trips: Sat, May 21, 9am-noon; Sun, May 22, 9am-noon, locations tba.

2016P PHOT 547G 001 • May 20 - May 22 (3 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • $209+GST

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Photography Intro – TEEN Summer Immersion Workshop (14-17 years) New

These adult and teen specific immersion workshops are for the passionate and focused beginner photographer!  Spend intensive time with a supportive, professional photographer and master teacher whose years of experience and depth of knowledge will help take your photography to the next level as you learn to photograph in full manual mode so you can artistically and confidently capture the world and image possibilities around you. 

Daily indoor lectures and outdoor photographic sessions will encourage you to practice the required basics i.e. aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Creative photo activities will allow you to have fun expanding your visual imagination.  Equipment: You must bring your dSLR or a compact camera that can shoot in manual mode. Manual mode is usually indicated by a large capital (“M”) on the dial and is mandatory for this workshop.

You will learn:

  • All the manual mode settings (Aperture/Shutter/ISO/Focus) to gain full control over the camera
  • Compositional tricks for stunning and artistic images
  • Fun and interesting photo activities to aid in the understanding of the materials presented
  • Daily hands-on practice fully devoted to putting all of the principles into action

2016S PHOT 508G 001 • Jul 18 - Jul 21 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon Tues Wed Thur • 11:00am-3:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $375+GST

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Photography Intro – ADULT Summer Immersion Workshop New

These adult and teen specific immersion workshops are for the passionate and focused beginner photographer!  Spend intensive time with a supportive, professional photographer and master teacher whose years of experience and depth of knowledge will help take your photography to the next level as you learn to photograph in full manual mode so you can artistically and confidently capture the world and image possibilities around you. 

Daily indoor lectures and outdoor photographic sessions will encourage you to practice the required basics i.e. aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Creative photo activities will allow you to have fun expanding your visual imagination.  Equipment: You must bring your dSLR or a compact camera that can shoot in manual mode. Manual mode is usually indicated by a large capital (“M”) on the dial and is mandatory for this workshop.

You will learn:

  • All the manual mode settings (Aperture/Shutter/ISO/Focus) to gain full control over the camera
  • Compositional tricks for stunning and artistic images
  • Fun and interesting photo activities to aid in the understanding of the materials presented
  • Daily hands-on practice fully devoted to putting all of the principles into action

2016S PHOT 509G 001 • Jul 25 - Jul 28 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon Tues Wed Thur • 9:00am-1:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $375+GST

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Lifestyle

The Magic of Barcelona New

Would you like to learn about the culture, traditions and architecture of one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Mediterranean? In this course you will discover Barcelona's most interesting sights taking you from the narrow medieval streets to the grand boulevards and the famous 'Ramblas' which leads to the sea. You will learn more in depth about the life and works of one of the most unique architects of all times: Antoni Gaudi whose works are spread throughout Barcelona. You will be introduced to the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batlló and Casa Mila as main highlights of his contribution to the rich architectural fabric of Barcelona.

2016W ASCE 668G 001 • Mar 29 - Apr 12 (3 sessions) • Monica Gil

  • Tues • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $95+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.

2016W ASCE 663G 001 • Apr 16 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead

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

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Golf 101 – Ladies on the Links

Calling all the wonderful women out there who want to learn the game of golf! Bring a friend and enjoy a great day of fun and learning. This one-day workshop will be expertly led by two Class "A" CPGA golf professionals and faculty members of Camosun’s Golf Faculty, Troy Dunning and Alanna Deegan. The day will start off with some in-class time learning about terminology, rules, safety, etiquette, and basic golf skills. Then, you will have time for lunch together before you try out your new skills with some practice on the golf practice range. And finally, a 9 hole round of golf with your classmates and instructors.

2016P ASCE 664G 001 • May 28 (1 session) • Alanna Deegan

Troy Dunning
  • Sat • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $129+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!

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). NOTE: 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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2016W WRIT 860G 002 • Feb 10 - Mar 9 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema

  • Wed • 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 course, 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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2016W WRIT 861G 002 • Mar 16 - Apr 13 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema

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

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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. Final class on Feb 23 is 6:15-8:15pm.

  • "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

2016W WRIT 816G 001 • Feb 2 - Feb 23 (7 sessions) Cancelled


How to Write a Short Film New

A short film is different than a feature-length film. It has its own set of rules and dynamics (though many are applicable to the expanded feature film screenplay). Like other film formats, short filmmaking demands excellence in direction, performance, cinematography, editing, and all the other cinematic crafts. These crafts all aid to interpret one thing... the script. But a bad script = a bad film. If you have a short script you’re having trouble with or have never written a short script before – this class is for you! During this workshop you will learn how to put the script together and then dissect it to create the best outcome possible. No class March 26.

2016W WRIT 817G 001 • Mar 19 - Apr 2 (2 sessions) • Michael Giampa

  • Sat • 10:00am-5:00pm • 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. No class on March 28.

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.

2016W WRIT 873G 001 • Feb 15 - Apr 25 (10 sessions) Cancelled


Entertainment Journalism

Learn about the art of writing about art… and theatre, and music, and movies, and much more. This class will talk about the importance of writing about entertainment, and give hands-on experience with it. Learn about writing previews of plays, music reviews, and interviews with performers. Understand what the role of the entertainment writer is. Figure out the behind-the-scenes politics of dealing with free tickets, pressure to write favourable reviews, and more. Entertainment writers are not the same as advertisement writers, and this course will help you to understand the very important difference between the two. Greg Pratt has been writing about entertainment for 15 years for various local and national publications.

2016W WRIT 841G 001 • Mar 2 - Apr 6 (6 sessions) • J. Gregory Pratt

  • Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $225+GST

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Spring Training for Writers New

Whether you're a seasoned writer or a wannabe author, this class offers you a disciplined schedule and a creative, collaborative atmosphere in which to whip your current manuscript into shape. 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.

2016W WRIT 875G 001 • Mar 31 - Apr 14 (5 sessions) • Elin Kelsey

  • Mon Thur • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $199+GST

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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. Classes are twice a week on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Julie Paul was named the winner of the 12th annual (2015) City of Victoria Butler Prize for her short story collection The Pull of the Moon, published by Brindle and Glass.

2016W WRIT 818G 001 • Apr 4 - Apr 20 (6 sessions) • Julie Paul

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

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Writing Great Children's Books New

In the lead up to Canadian Children's Book Week we’ll explore various genres of children’s book writing and what is being published for kids today. So, bring that great story you're in the midst of writing – or always wanted to write – and we’ll work collectively to help craft its journey to becoming a published book.

2016W WRIT 874G 001 • Apr 18 - May 4 (6 sessions) • Elin Kelsey

  • Mon Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Nature Inspired Writing New

Canada is a country rich in nature and nature writing but good anthologies are tricky to find. What famous or not-yet-famous works would you include in a quintessential Canadian nature writing anthology? We'll share our favorite selections and take the opportunity to compose our own nature-inspired prose or poetry in honor of Earth Day 2016.

2016W WRIT 851G 001 • Apr 19 (1 session) • Elin Kelsey

  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $49+GST

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Publish Your Own E-Book

Thinking about publishing your writing but struck out with traditional publishers? Don't fancy the headache of self-publishing in print? Then it's time to join the latest publishing sensation. You can publish your magnum opus (or cookbook, or romance, or...) in an electronic book format, sell it through major online booksellers and receive above average royalties as easy as a,b,c...well, almost. This course will introduce you to all things e-book including set-up and formatting, online bookselling sites, e-reader choices, cover image basics and marketing possibilities. One of instructor Nicola Furlong’s ebooks "Unnatural States" was nominated for an EPIC Ebook award in the science fiction category. Prerequisite: Basic experience with computers and the Internet recommended.

2016W WRIT 829G 001 • Apr 23 (1 session) • Nicola Furlong

  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+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 or 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. No class May 21.

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.

2016W WRIT 828G 001 • Apr 30 - Jun 25 (8 sessions) • Claire Mulligan

  • Sat • 10:30am-1:00pm • Interurban
  • $265+GST

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Poetry and Ecology: Finding New Metaphors for a Changing World New

In the pre-Romantic era, mountains were not considered beautiful, rather they were seen as wasted space. The Romantic poets changed how we view the natural world. It is time to see if we are blind to some beauty that can alter our relationship to this changing world and its endangered spaces. In this six week writing class students will explore poetry and ecology through forms and metaphors, pushing through to see if we can find new metaphors. We will read poetry and essays on poetry that look at poetry of nature, poetry of ecology and place.

Yvonne Blomer was named Victoria's Poet Laureate for 2015-2019. Selected by nomination, the Poet Laureate serves as Victoria’s literary and cultural ambassador.

2016P WRIT 893G 001 • May 4 - Jun 8 (6 sessions) • Yvonne Blomer

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

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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.

2016P WRIT 834G 001 • May 7 (1 session) • Nicola Furlong

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

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