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FIF 194 Writing 'Where' You Know

Course Description

Every beginning creative writer has heard "write what you know" when looking for subject matter. Less often discussed, but central to life writing or creative writing, is "where you know." Calgary, Alberta, the mountains, and the prairies are rich in strange history, breathtaking scenery, underground culture and a regular boom-bust heartbreak. This is a workshop course requiring submissions of writing ranging from 300 to 1200 words as well as reading of classmates' submissions. We will discuss the importance of place both as setting and character, effective strategies for creative writing, personal ties to landscape and whether our particular landscape breeds a particular kind of art. The textbooks are locally set novels that will serve as study guides.


There is a 20% reduced fee for students 65 years of age or older at the time of registration. You must register by phone (403-220-2952) or in person to receive this discount.

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