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Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Poetry? Choosing a Container for your Writing
April 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm$45
Join acclaimed Poet and Novelist Helen Humphreys for this workshop for aspiring writers.
This workshop will examine the benefits and limits of these three different genres, and how to decide what will be the best fit for your material as a writer. Come prepared to write.
Her first novel, Leaving Earth (1997), won the City of Toronto Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her second novel, Afterimage (2000), won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her third novel, The Lost Garden (2002), was a 2003 Canada Reads selection, a national bestseller, and was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Wild Dogs (2004) won the Lambda Prize for fiction, was optioned for film, and produced as a play at CanStage in Toronto in 2008. Coventry (2008) was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. It was also a New York Times Editors’ Choice. The Reinvention of Love (2011) was longlisted for the Dublin Impac Literary Award and shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. The Evening Chorus, 2015 was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and was a national bestseller.
Helen Humphrey’s most recent novel is Machine Without Horses, 2018. A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary—eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert—but also utterly ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn’t said, create a story? Capture an unknowable woman and all the secret passions, choices and compromises that make up a life? explores the real life and the imagined internal life of the famous and famously private salmon-fly dresser, Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland. Humphreys, both present in the story and its architect, reveals with her inimitable style the complicated emotional landscape that can exist under even the most constant surface.
Humphreys’ work of creative non-fiction, The Frozen Thames (2007), was a national bestseller. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Nocturne, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award.
Her collections of poetry include Gods and Other Mortals (1986); Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios (1990); and, The Perils of Geography (1995). Her last collection, Anthem (1999), won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry.
The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.