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Take the Summer On at Camosun College! Photography Summer Immersion Courses for Adults & Teens

Photography Intro – ADULT Summer Immersion Course - Max. 10

This immersion course is 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. Monday and Wednesday classes will be on campus and Tuesday and Thursday will be local field trips. Location - TBA

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
2018S PHOT 509G 002 • Jul 16 - Jul 20 (5 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon Wed Fri • 9:00am-1:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Tues Thur • 9:00am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $525+GST

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Photography - Intermediate - ADULT Summer Immersion Course

This course is a follow-up to Mitch Stringer's popular Photography Intro - Adult Summer Immersion Workshop. 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 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.
PrerequisiteA 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).

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Photography Intro – TEEN Summer Immersion Course (14-17 years) Max. 10

This  teen specific immersion course is  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. Monday and Wednesday will be held on campus while  Tuesday and Thursday will be (local) field trips. Locations TBA

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
 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Photography Level 1

You're on your way to creating picture-perfect photographs! This ten session course includes two field trips and provides a great introduction for traditional and digital photographers wanting to learn the functions of your camera (digital SLR & traditional film SLR) including exposure, light (metering and flash), depth of field, and more. Compact cameras (with manual functions/operations) are welcome but a digital or film SLR camera will afford you the best overall learning experience.   

Field Trips Dates: Students must attend the specific classroom section and weekend field trip they are registered in. Switching sections is not permitted.     Dates and times are noted with each section.

2018F PHOT 501G 001 • Sep 17 - Nov 19 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon • 3:30pm-6:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • Sat • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • $385+GST

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2018F PHOT 501G 003 • Sep 19 - Nov 7 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • $385+GST

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2018F PHOT 501G 002 • Sep 25 - Nov 13 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • Sun • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • $385+GST

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Photography Level 2

Building on the basics, you’ll continue improving your understanding and control of the photographic process and in doing so, become more confident in your abilities and skills. Topics include exposure and depth of field control, external flash operations and discussions around photographic composition. Explore and refine newly acquired techniques in two field trips.  

Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 course is strongly recommended, or equivalent skills).

Field Trip Dates: Saturday, October 13 & November 3 from 3-5:30 pm
 

2018F PHOT 503G 001 • Sep 17 - Nov 19 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 3:00pm-5:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 3:00pm-5:30pm • Off campus
  • $385+GST

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Photography Level 3 - Advanced DSLR Photography - Max 10 students

Take your creative and technical skills to the next level. Limited to only 10 students, this advanced DSLR photography course is designed for the serious photographer and camera enthusiast wanting to excel.  With dynamic sessions centered in further studies in photographic theory, there will be field trips and a strong practical element to this course.  Additional time will be required outside of scheduled classroom and field sessions.

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: Sunday, October 14 & November 4 from 9-11:30am.

2018F PHOT 507G 001 • Sep 27 - Nov 15 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • Sun • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • $595+GST

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Composition - Developing a Photographer’s Eye - Max 14

Want to create compelling photographs? Learn how your decisions in how you compose your image can impact the meaning and success of your photographs. This introduction to visual communication will help you become more confident in photographing with intent, as well as reviewing images and discussing constructive points. Develop basic composition skills, acquire a heightened visual sensitivity to your surroundings and become more confident in your ability to see in a photographic manner. Additional time will be required outside of scheduled classroom and field sessions.

Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 or equivalent skills).   Field Trip: Saturday, October 20 from 9:00am till noon.

2018F PHOT 531G 001 • Oct 2 - Oct 30 (6 sessions) • Andrea Kucherawy
  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Off campus
  • $295+GST

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Taking Great Travel Photos with your iPhone/iPad New

More and more travelers are using their mobile devices to document their travel experiences. This course shows you how to take and create stunning travel photos. Learn about how to further enhance your photos with post-production and filters. Discover which apps to use and when to use them. Determine how to use your images to create presentations, photo albums, gift cards and web images that will impress both your friends and family. Find out about handy accessories that augment your iPhone.

Equipment required: Participants must bring their iPhone 5/6/7/8 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.

Prerequisite knowledge/skills required to be successful in this course:  Basic working knowledge of their iPhone and its fuctions, ideally iPhone 5s forward, older phones cannot run certain apps and have limited functionality.

2019W PHOT 563G 001 • Apr 6 - May 4 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall
  • Sat • 9:30am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $195+GST

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iPhone/iPad ARTography

Art and Technology – this class mixes the best of both worlds!  Learn to combine hand-made textures, image distressing and image transfer techniques with the digital apps on your iPhone or iPad. Experience how you can digitally apply mixed media, collage, watercolour, abstract and oil painting effects and use coloured filter, grunge and texture apps to enhance your images. iPhoneography is a launching point for endless creative exploration! 

Equipment: Participants must bring their iPhone 5/6/7/8 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 apps to download will be emailed in the week before the class. Art Supplies are included in course cost ($40 value). Prerequisite: Students should have taken the iPhone/iPad Level 1 - Taking Great Photos course or already have a solid working knowledge of using their device's camera.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

iPhone/iPad Photography Level 1– Taking Great Photos

Caught the iPhoneography bug?  Explore the creative tools and techniques to shoot, process and share your work.  Your iPhone or iPad camera combined with a few choice apps can produce memorable images that were previously impossible without expensive software.  Create "app stacking" recipes combining multiple versions of the same image processed through different apps to finesse your final images and marvel at the results.

Equipment required: Participants must bring their iPhone 5/6/7/8 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. 

2018F PHOT 552G 001 • Sep 29 - Oct 20 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall
  • Sat • 9:30am-12:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $195+GST

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2019W PHOT 552G 001 • Feb 23 - Mar 16 (4 sessions) • Tony Bounsall
  • Sat • 9:30am-12:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $195+GST

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iPhone/ iPad-Level 2 - Creating Digital Art from your Photos

Photo-Editing, Painting and Visual Effects. Expand your creative skills, artistic vision and editing skills on your iPhone or iPad.  Learn how to digitally apply mixed media, collage, watercolour, abstract and oil painting effects. Add text, ephemera and old photos to your images easily and effectively. Learn how to create a photograph not just take one.

Equipment: Participants must bring their iPhone 5/6/7/8 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.

Apps Note: Instructions on which apps to download will be emailed the week before the class starts.

Prerequisite: Students must have a fundamental working knowledge of using their device's camera. 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Fashion & Modeling Photography Workshop New

Enjoy a full day exploring the tools & techniques of creative fashion photography by working with models to get a practical feel for posing and direction of talent in an “on location” environment. To help understand both the creative tools and technical elements for successful images,  you will look at lens focal lengths, depth of focus as well as styles of fashion imagery. You will explore lighting with reflectors and flash-fill  and start to gain an awareness of light quality, direction and shadows.

Equipment:  Bring your camera, a tripod and if possible, an external, off camera flash/speedlight.

Prerequisite: Students must have a good understanding of their cameras and photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 or equivalent).

2019W PHOT 544G 001 • Apr 27 (1 session) • Gregg Eligh
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $155+GST

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Faces, Fashion and Figures - The Art of Directing & Posing - Max 15

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).

2018F PHOT 536G 001 • Oct 24 - Dec 5 (7 sessions) • Gregg Eligh
  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $325+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.

Pre-requisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 - Introduction or equivalent skills is required).

2019W PHOT 546G 001 • Mar 2 (1 session) • Gregg Eligh
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $155+GST

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Writing and Publishing

Visit and bookmark our webpage for updates and more information on our courses and instructors: 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. Choose what fits for you!

The Writers Toolbox: Tools of the Trade New

Every profession has its tools. Writing is no different. The Writers' Toolbox is a series of five workshops that will touch on the skills and strategies needed to improve and promote your writing. Refresh your knowledge of grammar and punctuation, and the basics of editing. Find your unique written voice and learn how to get that voice heard on social media and in web, newsletter, and blog writing.

Workshops are also available for individual registration:

  • Discover your Written Voice (WRIT 867G) - 2 sessions
  • Web, Newsletter & Blog Writing (WRIT 868G) - 1 session
  • Social Media & What's my line (WRIT 869G) - 1 session
  • Grammar & Punctuation Refresher (WRIT 870G) - 2 sessions
  • Editing 101 (WRIT 871G) - 1 session
2018F WRIT 872G 001 • Sep 27 - Nov 8 (7 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $375+GST

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Please refer to individual listings for course dates and times.


Discover Your Written Voice

Ensure your voice is what the reader hears when they read what you've written. This class is a fun way to learn how to write so the voice is distinctly yours. From business writing to science fiction, blogs to historical romance novels, using your unique voice will help you tell the story and get your points across.

Note: This is part one of five in the Writer's Toolbox Series. You can select each workshop individually or register for the entire Series. If you have registered for the Writer's Toolbox Series (WRIT 872G), you are already attending this workshop!

2018F WRIT 867G 001 • Sep 27 - Oct 4 (2 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $135+GST

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Web, Newsletter & Blog Writing

In the written electronic world, you need to learn how to say more with less, as well as ensuring your words are crafted carefully for search engine optimization. Whether you are passing along info, promoting yourself or selling a product or service, a well-crafted phrase, or paragraph could make all the difference between success and mediocrity.

Note: This is part two of five in the Writer's Toolbox Series. You can select each workshop individually or register for the entire Series. If you have registered for the Writer's Toolbox Series (WRIT 872G), you are already attending this workshop!

2018F WRIT 868G 001 • Oct 11 (1 session) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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Social Media & What's My Line

In the world of writing, learning how to market yourself is a must. A rapid-fire class that covers: The handshake – how important is it? The Elevator Speech – how to explain and promote yourself to a stranger in under two minutes. The Tag Line – one short sentence that says it all. The Media release – how to write one and how to get free press. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, all have their own set of rules and ways to get you noticed.

Note: This is part three of five in the Writer's Toolbox Series. You can select each workshop individually or register for the entire Series. If you have registered for the Writer's Toolbox Series (WRIT 872G), you are already attending this workshop!

2018F WRIT 869G 001 • Oct 18 (1 session) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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Grammar & Punctuation Refresher

Yes, grammar and punctuation can be fun, at least in this class. Learn how to stay away from passive/aggressive verbs, un-dangle your participles, and how to make a good proposition without ending in a preposition. Discover why missing a period isn't always a bad thing and when to slash and bracket. Semi-colons, colons, oxford commas, nothing is off limits when it comes to grammar and punctuation. There's also a quick look at how to capitalize, or proper capitalization.

Note: This is part four of five in the Writer's Toolbox Series. You can select each workshop individually or register for the entire Series. If you have registered for the Writer's Toolbox Series (WRIT 872G), you are already attending this workshop!

2018F WRIT 870G 001 • Oct 25 - Nov 1 (2 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $135+GST

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Editing 101

Learn how to change from writer to editor mode. Basic editing marks, removing adjectives, searching for ings and lys. Completed assignments will be discussed as a group. Also discussions on types of writing styles, focusing mostly on CP style, with some brief overview of other styles such as medical and science style guides, or other guides as per group requirement. Also covered will be the power of brevity. How to say more with less words and be more effective by doing it.

Note: This is part five of five in the Writer's Toolbox Series. You can select each workshop individually or register for the entire Series. If you have registered for the Writer's Toolbox Series (WRIT 872G), you are already attending this workshop!

2018F WRIT 871G 001 • Nov 8 (1 session) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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Saturday Screenwriting Series New

Following the 9/11 attacks an investigative commission stated the reason why they weren’t thwarted was a colossal “failure of imagination”. Shortly afterwards the CIA formed DCI Red Cell – a group of experts brought in to spitball future attack scenarios. Was this group of “out-of-the-box-thinkers” comprised of terrorism experts and security analysts? Nope. They were Hollywood screenwriters – the most imaginative people on the planet.

Join screenwriter Michael Giampa for a behind the scenes exploration of this thrilling world in our new Saturday Speaker Series! Using film clips, screenplay pages and other mediums topics will range from film history to scene structure to creating movie moments. Want to learn more about Michael? Check out this article in Script Magazine.

Workshops are also available for individual registration:

  • Emotional Illusion: Tricks of the Trade (WRIT 901G)
  • Seen by Scene: Beats, bookends & hooks (WRIT 902G)
  • Eye of the Beholder: Film History from the Screenwriter’s POV (WRIT 903G)
  • Embracing your Inner Geek: A Short History of Sci-Fi Films (WRIT 904G)
2018F WRIT 900G 001 • Oct 20 - Dec 1 (5 sessions) • • Michael Giampa
  • Sat • 10:00am-1:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $245+GST

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Emotional Illusion: Tricks of the Trade New

Who hasn’t thrown punches when they hear the Rocky theme, cringed when Linda Blair’s head spins in The Exorcist or smiled when Zellweger tells Cruise “You had me at hello” in Jerry Maguire... despite the awareness that it’s make-believe? That we’re being manipulated by writers and filmmakers to really respond to what we know isn’t real. That’s the magic of movies! Explore these strategically arranged combinations of imagery, storycraft, wordplay, music, and messaging to learn some tricks of the trade.

2018F WRIT 901G 001 • Oct 20 (1 session) • Michael Giampa
  • Sat • 10:00am-1:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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This is part of the Saturday Screenwriting Series. If you have registered for the Series (WRIT 900G), you are already attending this session!


Seen by Scene: Beats, Bookends & Hooks New

Scenes are the guts of a screenplay. But what comprises them? What are beats, bookends, hooks, throwbacks, catalysts, actor “candy”, inciting incidents, setups/payoffs, reversals, reveals? And how do they fit into the 50 to 80 scenes strung together to form a satisfying screenplay in three acts? Examine how a well-constructed scene is crafted and the bridgework required to link it seamlessly to what comes before and after.

2018F WRIT 902G 001 • Nov 3 (1 session) • Michael Giampa
  • Sat • 10:00am-1:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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This is part of the Saturday Screenwriting Series. If you have registered for the Series (WRIT 900G), you are already attending this session!


Eye of the Beholder: Film History from the Screenwriter’s POV New

A film is all-too-often examined from the filmmaker’s perspective showcasing the “director’s vision”, the “actor’s presence” or the “cinematographer’s palette”. A lot of theory focus has been given to the moving image. But what about the storyteller that thought of that image long before it was burned to celluloid? What influenced them to think of it in the first place? And how were they inspired?

2018F WRIT 903G 001 • Nov 17 (1 session) • Michael Giampa
  • Sat • 10:00am-1:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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This is part of the Saturday Screenwriting Series. If you have registered for the Series (WRIT 900G), you are already attending this session!


Embracing your Inner Geek: A Short 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 someday may someday become science fact. And it’s what allows us to embrace both our inner geek and outer Saver-of-the-World. A fun, informative overview for Sci-Fi film fans and writers alike. 

2018F WRIT 904G 001 • Dec 1 (1 session) • Michael Giampa
  • Sat • 10:00am-1:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $65+GST

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This is part of the Saturday Screenwriting Series. If you have registered for the Series (WRIT 900G), you are already attending this session!


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 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. $32). NOTE: Please bring writing materials and course text to first and all classes.

2018F WRIT 860G 001 • Sep 18 - Oct 16 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema
  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $259+GST

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No classes on statutory holidays.


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.

2018F WRIT 861G 001 • Oct 23 - Nov 27 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema
  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $259+GST

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No classes on statutory holidays.


Fiction Writing Intermediate Workshop with Robert Wiersema

Designed as a follow-up to the introductory Fiction Writing Fundamentals Part 1 & 2 with Robert Wiersema, this intermediate level workshop will guide developing writers through a larger work, either a short story or part of a novel. The name of the game is writing, and students should come prepared to write, read, critique and discuss during class sessions, and to write between sessions. This hands-on work will be complemented by lectures, discussions and Q&A sessions. Prerequisite: Fiction Writing Fundamentals Part 1 & 2, Fiction Writing Workshop with Robert Wiersema or equivalent. Please call 250-370-4773 to discuss equivalency.

Important Note: Students must be prepared to submit and critique work weekly, starting with the first class. After you enroll, instructions will be emailed for submitting your work approximately one week before the class starts: a story, scene or chapter of not more than 1500 words. The first six submissions received will then be emailed to each student for you to read and critique starting with the first class.
 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Advanced Fiction Writing with Robert Wiersema

Designed as a follow-up to Fiction Writing Intermediate with Robert Wiersema, this advanced level workshop will guide developing writers through a larger work, either a short story or part of a novel. The name of the game is writing, and students should come prepared to write, read, critique and discuss during class sessions, and to write between sessions. This hands-on work will be complemented by lectures, discussions and Q&A sessions. Prerequisite: Fiction Writing Fundamentals Parts 1 & 2, Fiction Writing Intermediate Workshop with Robert Wiersema or equivalent. Please call 250-370-4773 to discuss equivalency. Important Note: Students must be prepared to submit and critique work weekly, starting with the first class. After you enroll, instructions will be emailed for submitting your work approximately one week before the class starts: a story, scene or chapter of not more than 1500 words. The first six submissions received will then be emailed to each student for them to read and critique starting with the first class.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Prep for Creative Writing Immersion New

Your story starts here. Work through some basic exercises and fundamentals of creative writing in preparation for the two-day Creative Writing Immersion later this month. Voice, flow, point of view, and basic plot outlines will be discussed.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Beyond the Basics: A Creative Writing Immersion New

You’ve mastered the basics and now it’s time to kick it up a notch. This two-day intensive workshop will help you whet your writing skills, tighten up the tension, create convincing characters, punch up the plot and entertain with an epic ending. Learn editing tricks, questions to ask your beta readers, and how to create a compelling story that readers will not want to put down. Prerequisite: Students must bring a completed short story or start of a novel for this workshop. Ideally, you’ll have completed a creative writing course and/or the 2-hour preparation class (WRIT 896G) in advance.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Beginning a Book-length Memoir (Part 1)

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.

2018F WRIT 842G 001 • Sep 25 - Oct 30 (6 sessions) • Yvonne Blomer
  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $279+GST

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ABC'S of Writing for Children

Writing for children is not as easy as it seems, regardless if it is a picture book or a short chapter book. Even the simplest of stories takes time to craft.  This workshop will focus mainly on illustrated books. You will discuss how to write for children, choosing your age group and editing and marketing your book using social media and CreateSpace/Amazon. There are in-class and take-home assignments. You should have a solid story outline by the end of these classes.

2018F WRIT 864G 001 • Sep 17 - Oct 1 (3 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Mon • 6:00pm-8:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $159+GST

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Fabulous Fiction

In this workshop you will learn how to create a short story for submission to a contest. You will explore the different types of fiction and learn which one works best for you. Learn the structure of a short story and how to write any kind of fiction. We will discuss how to create tension within the plot, know and understand your readers, character development, and point of view. The final day is a review of the first draft, more tips and a long list of short story contests. Students can start from scratch, or have a short story they want to improve on. In class and take-home assignments.

2018F WRIT 866G 001 • Nov 15 - Nov 29 (3 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $159+GST

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Get Paid to Write What You Love

Writing is a passion for many but making money from that passion can be difficult. We invite you to learn the reality of writing for a living. Discover how to get out there and get noticed. Explore ideas on freelance websites; how to price your work and how to write a pitch letter. Learn tips and practice honing your skills. So whether you are writing a book, a column or a blog, find out how to make money doing it.

2018F WRIT 855G 001 • Oct 30 - Nov 27 (5 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Tues • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $189+GST

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Undressing Your Master Poet: Workshop with Yvonne Blomer

This is your opportunity to enter a poet’s work deeply, and let that work inspire your own poetry. In this five-week course, students will select a Master Poet to study, respond to, mimic and learn from. This will be an exploration where you will select and undress the lines, language and metaphors of your chosen poet. In 'Hologram: A Book of Glosas', P.K. Page writes that the glosa form was for her an opportunity to give homage to poets that she loved and who influenced her as a poet. In the poem, 'Taking off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes', Billy Collins writes “how there were sudden dashes whenever we spoke,” a poem where he takes risks, is cheeky but also pays homage to a great American poet. There will be readings, a short presentation and in-class writing as well as weekly homework.

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Reading and Writing Poetry New

This is a class designed for writers to be inspired from reading poems to write new poems. Instructor, Yvonne Blomer will offer poems from all over the world and writing exercises that allow a deep reading of masterfully written works as well as a leaping away into new pieces. A class for discussion, reading and writing and a delving into the language, music and moments of truth or awe offered by poetry.

2018F WRIT 844G 001 • Nov 7 - Dec 12 (6 sessions) • Yvonne Blomer
  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $279+GST

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Self-Publishing

In this session, learn to navigate the road to self-publishing, understanding why self-publishing is no longer taboo. Discover the ins and outs of where your book goes and who gets what in traditional publishing. Find a publisher and learn about copyright, layout, writing apps, software options and what to include for your editor. In the end, learn how to treat your book as a business. Understand tax information, ISBN, CIP, budgeting, bar codes, selling online through Amazon and Kindle, and most importantly, learn how to price your book and market it to sell.

2018F WRIT 858G 001 • Oct 13 - Oct 27 (3 sessions) • Darcy Nybo
  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $179+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. 

Instructor Claire Mulligan's first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, was nominated for the Giller prize and the BC Book Prize. Her second novel The Dark was published by Random/Doubleday in 2013 and was short-listed for the 2014 Canadian Author's Award.

2018F WRIT 828G 001 • Oct 4 - Nov 22 (8 sessions) • Claire Mulligan
  • Thur • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $325+GST

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Creative Non-Fiction: Telling Your Story with Yvonne Blomer

Creative Non-Fiction is an umbrella term that refers to the writing of personal essays, memoir, travel writing, and explorative historical and lyrical essays. In addition to in-class and at-home writing assignments, we will discuss examples of the genre by writers such as George Orwell, Lorna Crozier, Madeline Sonik and more. By the end of this course, you will have written memoir, travel and lyrical essays as well as short postcard forms. This is an opportunity to explore your memories, interests, questions and your inner thoughts in a creative and dynamic literary form.

2018F WRIT 807G 001 • Oct 15 - Dec 10 (8 sessions) • Blomeryvonne
  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $325+GST

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Film Adaptation

Hate it when your favourite book or short story is adapted into a terrible film? Think you can do better? You can. This course challenges you to adapt a short story or book or any other source material into a short screenplay, a feature film, or even a TV pilot. We will look at various theories and approaches to adaptation, analyze adapted films, and discuss the differences between screenplay structure and literary structure.

Claire Mulligan is an awarding winning novelist and short story writer. She is currently pursuing a MFA in screen and screen adaptation at the University of Victoria.

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Short Film Scripts: How to Write a Mini Movie

Have you always wanted to turn your great ideas into a short film but not sure how to do it? Learn the process of putting a script together, then pull it apart to create best possible outcome. Whether you have a short script you’re having trouble with, or have never written one before – this class is for you. 

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Show Me The Money: From Script to Screen New

How does something go from a solitary seed in your imagination to a screen viewed by many? This in-depth look at all the steps required to turn a screenplay into a movie broadens your understanding of the theory behind screenwriting.

Learn how the process works after you type FADE OUT and more importantly what to do even before you type FADE IN.

2018F WRIT 819G 001 • Oct 9 - Oct 23 (5 sessions) • Michael Giampa
  • Tues Thur • 6:15pm-9:15pm • Lansdowne
  • $295+GST

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History - Music & Film

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Lifestyle

The Magic of Barcelona

Interested in the culture, traditions and architecture of one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Mediterranean? Discover Barcelona's most interesting sights from the narrow medieval streets to the grand boulevards and the famous 'Ramblas' which lead to the sea. Find out more about the distinctive architect, Antoni Gaudi, whose famous works contribute to the rich architectural fabric of Barcelona: the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batlló and Casa Mila.

2018F ASCE 668G 001 • Nov 7 - Nov 21 (3 sessions) • Monica Gil
  • Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $129+GST

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2019W ASCE 668G 001 • Feb 27 - Mar 13 (3 sessions) • Monica Gil
  • Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $129+GST

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