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Blues As Folklore: Revival & Rediscovery New

The Blues Revival was part of the 60s Folk Revival period. We will discuss how some the pioneer acoustic blues performers were rediscovered. A rare live recording of Son House with Muddy Waters will be featured, including interviews & videos of Bukka White, Champion Jack Dupree, J. B. Lenoir, Johnny Shines, Joseph Spence, Libba Cotten, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Rev. Robert Wilkins, Robert “Pete” Williams, and Skip James. Revivalists will include Dave Van Ronk, Jo Ann Kelly, John Hammond, Koerner, Ray & Glover, Paul Geremia, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Tom Rush and many others. Each lesson will profile at least 6 artists. If you are new to acoustic blues, or have seen these important artists, join us for conversations about these pioneer performers.

A life long fan of music, Eric LeBlanc heard his first Jazz, Blues and Gospel in 1958. He has published over 75 biographical articles in Blues and collector’s magazines. He now teaches Jazz and Blues history at the Victoria Conservatory Of Music (since 2006). He co-wrote (with Bob Eagle) the 2013 book, "Blues - A Regional Experience”. His CFUV Radio blues program, “Let The Good Times Roll”, is now in it’s 30th year.

2015P ASCE 619G 001 • May 5 - Jun 9 (6 sessions) • Eric Leblanc

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

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Jazz: The Year Was 1959 New

If you are new to Jazz, or a longtime fan, join us for conversations about these artists and albums that changed Jazz. The instructor will introduce you to 20 jazz albums that should be in everyone's collection. Amazingly, they were all recorded in 1959, and began a transition in Jazz that is still with us today! The artists will include Art Blakey, Art Pepper, Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Donald Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Oscar Peterson, Paul Desmond, Pepper Adams, Thelonious Monk, and Wayne Shorter. Each lesson will profile at least three albums, including rare videos, interviews, and of course plenty of music!
A life long fan of music, Eric LeBlanc heard his first Jazz, Blues and Gospel in 1958. He has published over 75 biographical articles in Blues and collector’s magazines. He now teaches Jazz and Blues history at the Victoria Conservatory Of Music (since 2006). He co-wrote (with Bob Eagle) the 2013 book, "Blues - A Regional Experience".
Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Photography

Digital Cameras for Absolute Beginners NEW DATES! Starts May 2

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.

2015W PHOT 500G 002 • Apr 25 - May 2 (2 sessions) Cancelled

2015P PHOT 500G 001 • May 2 - May 9 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $89+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. Bring your iPhone to class, a sense of humour, and your power cord for recharging purposes!

2015P PHOT 504G 001 • May 23 - May 30 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+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 (Saturday or Sunday). 
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 005: Saturday, Apr 25, 9-11:30am
Section 007: Sunday, Apr 26, 9-11:30am NEW DAY/ DATES
Section 008: Sunday, Apr 26, 12-2:30pm NEW DAY/ DATES

2015W PHOT 501G 008 • Apr 8 - Jun 3 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

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

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NOTE: NEW DATES for field trips for sections 007 and 008, SUNDAY, Apr 26. (These are rescheduled from the May 2 dates in the CE print calendar - updated Mar 4.)


Photography Level 2 – Intermediate

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 field trip on the designated Saturday. Prerequisites: 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).
Section 002 field trip: Sat. April 25, 3-5:30 pm NEW DATE

2015W PHOT 503G 002 • Apr 9 - Jun 4 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

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

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NOTE: NEW DATE, Sat., Apr 25, 3-5:30pm for weekend FIELD TRIP for Photography Level 2 - Intermediate. (This has been rescheduled from the May 2 date in the CE print calendar - updated Mar 4.)


Nature Photography with Mitch Stringer COURSE STARTS MAY 8 – REGISTER SOON! 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. Participants should have a strong understanding of photography basics (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended or equivalent skills). A digital SLR (dSLR) camera and tripod are recommended, but not required for this course.

2015P PHOT 506G 001 • May 8 - May 10 (3 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Fri • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • $209+GST

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Floral 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 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 and macro photography, tips on composition, and how shooting from different angles can create dynamic images.  Learn to control close-ups, 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.
Participants should have a strong understanding of photography basics (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended or equivalent skills).

2015P PHOT 547G 001 • May 29 - May 31 (3 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Fri • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • $209+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. Whether it is black & white, colour, panoramic, or HDR, your iPhone or iPad camera and a few choice apps can produce memorable images that were previously impossible without expensive software and the knowledge of how to use it. iPhoneography can be used every day by you to document your life and create your own personal vision. 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 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 out one week before the class.
 

2015P PHOT 552G 001 • May 6 - May 27 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

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

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iPhone/iPad ARTography

iArt 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 phone 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 and an art supply list will be emailed out one week before the class. Approximate cost of art supplies is $40.

2015P PHOT 553G 001 • May 9 - May 30 (3 sessions) • Tony Bounsall

  • Sat • 9:30am-12:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $115+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 or equivalent skills is required).

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Photography As Art

A look at photography as art. This course will attempt to answer the question, “What is a fine-art photograph”? Through an in-depth look at the photographic aesthetic and several challenging assignments students will have a better understanding of self-expression through their photography. We will investigate emotional response to various subjects, how color can influence the viewer, the use of symbolism, and more. We will also look at adding words directly to your photographs. Last but not least, we will take a look at the “business side” of fine art and discuss the subjects of presentation, photography contests, art shows and galleries. Open to all levels of photographer. Equipment: Although a “Point and Shoot” camera will work, a more advanced DSLR (through the lens viewing) is recommended.
This course includes one field trip, Saturday, May 2, 9am-noon, location TBD.

2015W PHOT 560G 001 • Apr 15 - May 13 (6 sessions) • Mike Sroka

  • Wed • 7:00pm-9:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • $209+GST

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Food and Beverage Photography – Workshop New

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).

2015W PHOT 546G 001 • Apr 11 (1 session) Cancelled


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).

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Working With Light! New

Learn about flash-fill and why a flash is used on sunny days? Try painting... with light! Students will have the opportunity to work with both natural and artificial light sources and investigate various methods of manipulating light. Typical assignments include: Ratio: The Secret to Separation; Streetlights, Headlights and Flashlights; Tripods: Photographing What You Can't See. Equipment: A tripod is required for this course.  Although a “Point and Shoot” camera will work, a more advanced DSLR (through the lens viewing) is recommended. 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). This course includes two Saturday field trips, 9am-noon, dates and locations TBA.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!
 


Lifestyle

Golf 101 – Ladies on the Links ONLY 3 SEATS LEFT - REGISTER NOW!

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.

2015W ASCE 664G 001 • Apr 18 (1 session) Cancelled

2015P ASCE 664G 001 • May 23 (1 session) • Alanna Deegan

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

2015W ASCE 663G 001 • Apr 18 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead

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

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Provence: Lavender, Wines and Castles New

Have you always dreamt of living the "Mediterranean art de vivre" of Provence? Spend an afternoon discovering this French province and all its charms. Francois, a true Frenchman, will take you on a virtual tour of all the incredible sceneries and landscapes, its unique wine and food culture, as well as a rich history that started 2000 years ago with the Romans.

2015P ASCE 665G 001 • May 2 (1 session) • Francois Viquesnel

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

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Tahiti, Bora-Bora and More New

Only eight hours away from Los Angeles, this hidden paradise is probably the most authentic Polynesian experience in the South Pacific. François lived in Gauguin’s favorite place for four years. He will share his love for the Island as you learn about the different archipelagos, their romance, food and culture. He will take you through an amazing virtual experience of this beautiful country.

2015P ASCE 667G 001 • May 23 (1 session) • Francois Viquesnel

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

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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.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


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!

Poetry Workshop: Short Forms and Long Lines NEW DATES - Starts Apr 28! REGISTER SOON! New

The couplet and tercet, the curtail sonnet and villanelle, the palindrome, the haiku and tanka. In this five week workshop students will explore short forms and long lines for density, condensed language, leaps and tone.

Continuing Education School of Business congratulates instructor Yvonne Blomer on becoming Victoria’s new Poet Laureate! Yvonne has been an instructor with Continuing Education since 2009 and has brought a variety of poetry themed offerings to our students in addition to creative non-fiction courses. She will be offering three courses this winter: Poetry: Short Forms and Long Lines; Beginning a Book-Length Memoir; And Return to Write About It. 

2015W WRIT 891G 002 • Apr 28 - May 26 (5 sessions) • Yvonne Blomer

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

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This 5 session course is part of our Writers’ Workshop Series bringing well-known, published local writers to the classroom. In a small group of aspiring writers, in a genre workshop, you will have an opportunity to hone your craft in a supportive, creative community of learners.


Reading as a Writer New

It's largely common-sense, but Stephen King says it best: "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." But how do writers read? How can we learn from the pages of others? In this short course, noted reader and writer Robert J. Wiersema – who reviews regularly for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun and other periodicals – will guide students through different styles of reading – including reading for pleasure and educational and critical reading and analysis – in order to understand the workings of a text which will assist greatly in their own writing. Come prepared for in-class analysis and a homework assignment.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Writing History New

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 recently short-listed for the Canadian Author's Award. Claire has also won numerous awards for her short stories.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Entertainment Journalism New

The importance of arts and 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. He’s annoyed Elijah Wood’s handlers and had members of Metallica compliment him on his interviewing.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 1 New

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.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 2 New

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, level 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. Please 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.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!

2015W WRIT 861G 001 • Mar 25 - Apr 22 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema

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

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This course is part of our Writers’ Workshop Series bringing well-known, published local writers to the classroom. In a small group of aspiring writers, in a genre workshop, you will have an opportunity to hone your craft in a supportive, creative community of learners.


Beginning a Book-length Memoir New

In this six-week class students will work on a memoir they have begun or want to begin. Through readings and discussions, in-class writing and homework, students will begin to 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 getting started.

2015W WRIT 842G 001 • Apr 13 - May 25 (6 sessions) • Yvonne Blomer

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

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Screenwriting 101: The Basics and Beyond COURSE STARTS MAY 5 - REGISTER SOON! New

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 & 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

2015P WRIT 816G 001 • May 5 - May 28 (8 sessions) • Michael Giampa

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

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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.

2015P WRIT 817G 001 • May 30 - Jun 13 (2 sessions) • Michael Giampa

  • Sat • 9:30am-5:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Creative Writing for Absolute Beginners

Have you always wanted to write but haven't known where to start? 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 – character, plot, dialogue, scenes and description. You will also explore elements of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry through in-class writing exercises designed to release your writer within. Guest speakers will be invited for their expertise in a particular genre.

Interested in taking this class? Call 250-370-4565 or email sofbus@camosun.ca to put your name on an interest list and we will contact you when we offer it!


And Return To Write About It: Travel Memoirs

Relive the experiences of travel through writing about them. Starting with short, focused writing exercises, you will go on to write a longer piece that recaptures all or part of a journey. This course is helpful for those wanting to share stories of travel with family and friends, but also for those interested in pursuing freelance travel writing opportunities.

2015P WRIT 830G 001 • May 30 (1 session) • Yvonne Blomer

  • Sat • 9:30am-4:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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Food Memories, Food Stories New

Want to kickstart a memoir, find fuel for your blog, or write your way into a new chapter? Food gives us fuel for the imagination as well as the body, and is one of the most popular topics in nonfiction writing today. This three-hour workshop is a recipe for inspiration, with interactive exercises that will help you bring food—and all it means—into your current work, or launch you into a tasty new project. Suitable for writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Instructor Alisa Gordaneer is author of Still Hungry (Signature Editions, 2015) and a board member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.

2015P WRIT 846G 001 • May 28 (1 session) • Alisa Gordaneer

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

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Introduction to Experimental Poetry New

Bring an open mind and learn some fresh approaches to poetic forms. If you’re intrigued by the sound of erasure, flarf, literal translations and other experimental forms, this three-hour interactive workshop will introduce you to several new and experimental poetic forms through technique-based exercises, and share work to inspire your creative juices to flow in a whole different flavour. Instructor Alisa Gordaneer is author of Still Hungry (Signature Editions, 2015), War Stories, Dissecting Grace and When All Else Fails (Emdash Publishing, 2006-7). Co-taught with poet Robert Swereda, author of re:verbs (poetry, Bareback Press 2013) and Signature Move (forthcoming from Knife, Fork, Spoon Press, UK, 2014).

2015P WRIT 845G 001 • May 23 (1 session) • Alisa Gordaneer

  • Sat • 1:00pm-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $49+GST

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Poetry Pentathalon New

Five poetry exercises, three hours. This fast-paced guided workshop will take you through five unique poetry challenges guaranteed to get the words flowing and those ideas onto the page. Come ready to write, read and have fun breaking into new poetic triumphs. Instructor Alisa Gordaneer is author of Still Hungry (Signature Editions, 2015), War Stories, Dissecting Grace and When All Else Fails (Emdash Publishing, 2006-7).

2015P WRIT 847G 001 • Jun 6 (1 session) • Alisa Gordaneer

  • Sat • 1:00pm-4:00pm • 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.

2015W WRIT 829G 001 • Apr 18 (1 session) • Nicola Furlong

  • Sat • 9:30am-4:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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Get Published New

This three-hour interactive workshop discusses publishing strategies for poetry, short fiction, novels and creative nonfiction. Learn about markets, contests, submission strategies and pitch letters, as well as how to approach agents and publishers for your longer work. Instructor Alisa Gordaneer is author of Still Hungry (Signature Editions, 2015) and a board member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.

2015P WRIT 848G 001 • May 21 (1 session) • Alisa Gordaneer

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

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Get Published: Nonfiction Intensive New

This three-hour interactive workshop discusses publishing strategies for nonfiction/journalistic articles and standard nonfiction books. Learn about markets, submission strategies and book proposal packages, as well as how to approach agents and publishers for your longer work. Instructor Alisa Gordaneer is author of Still Hungry (Signature Editions, 2015) and a board member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.

2015P WRIT 849G 001 • Jun 4 (1 session) • Alisa Gordaneer

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

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