Award-winning Writer Visits Mayne: Fri Jun 8

Save the date for two events at Mayne Island Library on Friday, June 8, both by award-winning author Susin Neilsen:
1. 3 - 6 pm, fiction-writers' workshop ($75, details below)
2. 6 - 7 pm, free talk by Susin Niesen, details below.

Susin Nielsen is the award-winning author of Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, We Are All Made of Molecules and Optimists Die First. She got her start writing for the original hit TV series Degrassi Junior High, and has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her books have won critical acclaim and multiple awards both at home and around the world, and they’ve been translated into many languages. She’s been described as “the John Green of Canada.” She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.

Free evening talk, 6 - 7. No registration necessary: Susin Nielsen will talk about how she became a writer, and share stories about the inspiration behind some of her books. She’ll also do a short reading from her latest novel, and is happy to take audience questions during this casual evening.

Fiction-Writers' Workshop – Creating An Authentic Protagonist. (3 - 6 pm June 8 at Mayne Island Library. Ten attendees maximum. To register contact Pam Withers,; no money down yet.)

“Write what you know.” From Susin: We’ve all heard that expression. Yet we’ve also read brilliant books that have immersed us into the world of a character whose traits and experiences bear little resemblance to the author’s. What they “know” is the emotional landscape of their characters. They are able to tap into their own emotional memories, and to imagine the emotional landscape of others, to create three dimensional characters. And good stories, whatever the genre, start with good characters.

In this workshop, we will talk about how to build believable, relatable and flawed protagonists. The more you get to know your main character, the easier it will be to place them into certain situations, and know how they would react.

We’ll start by taking a trip down memory lane, with some writing exercises that will tap into your own emotional memories. Later we will work on building a protagonist by answering a series of questions about that person (many of you may have a project on the go, and you’re welcome to come with a character you’ve been spending time with and develop that person. Or just come prepared to create on the fly, which can result in some unexpected discoveries).

For further information please contact Pam,

posted Januray 2018

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