Workshops coming up for writers, bloggers, storytellers

Have you got a story to tell about yourself or your family, or an idea for a poem rattling around in your head?

Have you got a story to tell about yourself or your family, or an idea for a poem rattling around in your head?

Then join us Monday, Oct. 5 for “Come Story with Us,” a day of workshops for those interested in writing.

The day will have six workshops, from which you can choose two to attend, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

In the morning we have three workshops.

Kathleen Cook Waldron presents “Storytelling for Children” in the Williams Lake Library program room.

She will discuss the differences and similarities of writing for children and writing for adults, focusing the exercises on techniques for writing well.  Please bring pen and paper.

At the Arts Centre, Kathy Lauriente Bonner’s workshop “Blogging and Travel” focuses on the basics of blogging: choosing necessary technology, setting up a blog site and then incorporating this with travel.

“Memories into Stories” gives you two local authors using different methods for their stories.

Linda Purjue employs third person narrative to recreate the childhood stories of her husband.

Marie Tressiera uses first person style to capture her own early life adventures.

This workshop will be held at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

The afternoon also offers three workshops.

At the library program room “Self-Publishing” by Sharon Taylor will take you through the steps of self-publishing by using stories and poems submitted by participants.

The Cariboo’s own Cowboy Poets, Frank Gleeson and Bruce Rolph will talk about their processes of writing and share some of their poems at the museum.

Participate in a “Storytelling Circle” led by Claire Matson West at the Arts Centre.  The circle will give people the chance to tell old stories, practice new ones and learn techniques for creating a story in the oral tradition.

We hope participants will bring a story or poem that we will publish in a spiral bound book format. Door prizes will be given at each session.

Registration forms are available at the library, The Open Book or by contacting Claire Schreiner at 250-398-4173 or

The $10 fee includes lunch.  Funding for this day is covered by a grant from Cariboo Regional District and project funds from Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy.

Claire Schreiner is a volunteer and director with Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy.

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