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St. Eugene Writer’s Conference 2017

 St. Eugene Writer’s Conference

Thursday, Nov. 9 to Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Celebrating the Craft

The St. Eugene Writers Conference gathers writers of all genres to work on their craft. From the person just putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to the authors of several books, the gathering celebrates our craft.

The Conference has three distinct components. The writing workshops are sessions for development. We share our work to better evaluate our writing and others. The afternoon panel discussions discuss the issues of writing and publishing today.  One of the afternoon discussions will focus on our hosts at the St. Eugene Resort, the Ktunaxa. Their culture mixes woodland and prairie traditions. Their language is isolate with no known roots in another language. Finally, with self-publishing a viable option for many authors these days, we’ve added a one day self-publishing workshop to help people on that path.

The central building at St. Eugene Resort was once the Ktunaxa residential school. Over the last seventeen years, the band developed a championship golf course, a casino, a 125-room hotel, an RV park and several restaurants on the property. What once stood abandoned and a darkness in their history is today a bright light providing income and skilled employment for their people. This transformation and the positive energy surrounding St. Eugene Resort create the perfect environment for improving and celebrating the craft of writing.

WORKSHOPS & FACULTY

The writing workshop is the long established and proven method of dramatically developing writing skills. Most MFA writing programs center on the workshop. Many of us cannot take the time out of our lives to dedicate two years to a MFA or even a semester to take a conventionally offered workshop. By offering three and four day workshops, the St. Eugene Writing Conference provides a venue for writers to develop their craft without the substantial time and financial commitment of academically offered workshops.

Our faculty all have extensive workshop experience, both as participants and as leaders. The sessions are supportive and yet, at the same time, provide substantive feedback to the writer. While most writing is done “in a closet”, there comes a time when it should see the light of day. In a workshop, within a peer group of fellow writers, your writing is valued. The critique is positive and forward moving.

Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
(Maximum 8 participants)

This workshop is aimed at screenwriters but is appropriate for anyone looking to improve their storytelling skills using classic three-act structure. No previous experience in screenwriting is required.

Through a combination of lectures, story exercises (some classic, some unexpected), group workshopping and writing time, students will either develop an original movie concept or create a revision plan for an existing work (screenplay, novel, play). It’s an idea-packed and fun process. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a solid grasp of classic three-act structure and how putting original characters at play within that structure creates compelling stories. We’ll talk a lot about movies and how they’re built.

Along the way, we’ll cover action/reaction, turning points, characterization, dialogue, image systems, scene anatomy and subtext. To prepare for the workshop, students should have a basic idea of what screen story you’d like to tell. What genre is it (thriller, rom com, etc)? Who might some of the main characters be? For those with an existing project, think about which elements you suspect need work (structure, plotting, characterization, other?). Everyone should come prepared with two top-ten lists: your top ten favourite movies and your top ten favourite screen characters (from film and TV).

Above all, we’ll keep asking the essential question that makes every story stronger: What if?

 

Tuition with lodging at St. Eugene:

$585 Early Bird Tuition  / $630 after October 26

Package includes the three-day workshop, afternoon panel discussions, breakfast Saturday & Sunday, the Saturday night Conference dinner with Angie Abdou and two night’s lodging at St. Eugene (arriving Friday leaving Sunday). Guests accompanying single occupancy participants stay for no extra lodging charge. Extra meal vouchers are available for guests traveling with Conference attendees.

Tuition only: $425 Early Bird Tuition  / $470 after October 26

Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
(Maximum 8 participants)

The blank page chases many an emerging writer away. Like a journey of many miles, you start with one step. In the case of writing, you start with one word. And another. And another until you have a string. And another string. Eventually, you have a story. Wow.

In Finding Your Voice, Keith takes materials from other writers to demonstrate the development of voice and character. Then he tosses it all off the cliff and says “Don’t follow them. Make your own way.”

The workshop allows the writer to experiment and delve into new material in a supportive and encouraging environment.

 

Tuition with lodging at St. Eugene:

$585 Early Bird Tuition  / $630 after October 15

Package includes the three-day workshop, afternoon panel discussions, breakfast Saturday & Sunday, the Saturday night Conference dinner with Angie Abdou and two night’s lodging at St. Eugene (arriving Friday leaving Sunday). Guests accompanying single occupancy participants stay for no extra lodging charge. Extra meal vouchers are available for guests traveling with Conference attendees.

Tuition only: $425 Early Bird Tuition  / $470 after October 15

Thursday, Nov. 9 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
(Maximum 6 participants)

The closet can become claustrophobic. In this workshop participants will workshop 40-50 pages of writing within the context of the piece over all. By concentrating on a short section, the writer will be able to take the comments and critiques home and apply the learning to the manuscript as a whole.

The class is held in the evening on Thursday and Friday (7PM on) so local writers may attend without losing time at work. Saturday and Sunday the session is held during the day (10AM to 3PM).

This workshop is by application only.

Only six participants will be accepted into the Manuscript Review Session. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15, 2017. Applications must be in hand at St. Eugene Resort by 5PM Oct 15, 2017. Late applications will be returned unopened. Those accepted will be notified by Oct. 22, 2017.

St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
Attention: Cassandra Hayward
7777 Mission Rd.
Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5

To apply to the Manuscript Review Session, send a cover letter and bio (two pages max) and 10 to 12 pages of the manuscript you wish to workshop with a brief synopsis. The cover page should include the title, name and pertinent contact information—address, phone and email. Standard manuscript conditions—12-point serif type, double spaced, 1” margins, single-sided on white paper. Pages should be sequentially numbered. Your name should be in the header or footer of each page.

One registration open, the application process will rolling accepting standout manuscripts as they arrive at the office. We will notify qualified participants by email or phone as we receive manuscripts. If the session fills prior to the Oct. 15, 2017 application deadline, we will post the closure on the web site and start a waiting list.

Hard copies only will be considered. No email applications.

Please send an SASE if you wish to have your manuscript returned otherwise they will be recycled.

 

Tuition with lodging at St. Eugene:

$839 Early Bird Package  / $899 after October 15

Package includes the three-day workshop, afternoon panel discussions, breakfast Saturday & Sunday, the Saturday night Conference dinner with Angie Abdou and three night’s lodging at St. Eugene (arriving Thursday leaving Sunday). Guests accompanying single occupancy participants stay for no extra lodging charge. Extra meal vouchers are available for guests traveling with Conference attendees.

Tuition only: $599 Early Bird Tuition  / $659 after October 15

Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
(Maximum 8 participants)

Crime writer Deryn Collier believes that every compelling story is a mystery at heart. Spend the weekend delving in, and find the mystery at the heart of your own work in progress, whether fiction or non-fiction. Learn the page-turning elements of suspense, character and setting that crime writers use to hook their readers, and apply them to your own project.

 

Tuition with lodging at St. Eugene:

$585 Early Bird Tuition  / $630 after October 15

Package includes the three-day workshop, afternoon panel discussions, breakfast Saturday & Sunday, the Saturday night Conference dinner with Angie Abdou and two night’s lodging at St. Eugene (arriving Friday leaving Sunday). Guests accompanying single occupancy participants stay for no extra lodging charge. Extra meal vouchers are available for guests traveling with Conference attendees.

Tuition only: $425 Early Bird Tuition  / $470 after October 15

Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
(Maximum 8 participants)

Contemporary poetry spans a vast range of possibilities for self-expression. Employing various compositional strategies, the art form can articulate the oceanic depths of the unconscious, the tangled forest of our emotions, and an unimpeded clarity of vision like that offered from the midst of a meadow. The workshop will focus on participants’ writing, and also see how a range of contemporary poets have coped with the challenges of diction, form and content in order to make words sing.

To keep the workshop useful for your own writing, once you’ve registered please send up to 10 pages of your poems by Oct. 27 to the workshop leader at appledor@netidea.com He will make a selection of writing by all participants that we will look at during the weekend. The selection will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop, along with suggestions about how you might consider this material before we meet.Tom Wayman’s many collections of poems include Dirty Snow (Harbour, 2012), which won the Acorn-Plantos Award, and more recently Helpless Angels (Thistledown, 2017), a book of poems about music. A resident of B.C.’s Slocan Valley since 1989, he has taught widely across North America, including at the University of Calgary 2002-2008. In 2015 he was named a Vancouver, B.C. Literary Landmark, with a plaque on Commercial Drive commemorating his contribution to the city’s literary heritage.

Tom Wayman’s many collections of poems include Dirty Snow (Harbour, 2012), which won the Acorn-Plantos Award, and more recently Helpless Angels (Thistledown, 2017), a book of poems about music. A resident of B.C.’s Slocan Valley since 1989, he has taught widely across North America, including at the University of Calgary 2002-2008. In 2015 he was named a Vancouver, B.C. Literary Landmark, with a plaque on Commercial Drive commemorating his contribution to the city’s literary heritage.

 

Tuition with lodging at St. Eugene:

$585 Early Bird Tuition  / $630 after October 15

Package includes the three-day workshop, afternoon panel discussions, breakfast Saturday & Sunday, the Saturday night Conference dinner with Angie Abdou and two night’s lodging at St. Eugene (arriving Friday leaving Sunday). Guests accompanying single occupancy participants stay for no extra lodging charge. Extra meal vouchers are available for guests traveling with Conference attendees.

Tuition only: $425 Early Bird Tuition  / $470 after October 15

Monday, Nov. 13
(Maximum 20 participants)

Self-publishing is no longer a vanity, but a viable way to publish work. Bestselling author Terry Fallis originally self-published Best Laid Plans, his first novel, and won Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James was originally self-published. Dickins, James Ezra Pound and Walt Whitman all self-published.

But. . . To be successful in the market place, the finished book must equal to or better than a conventionally published book. This involves hiring professional editors, designers, printers and binders. You don’t hire your cousin to design the cover because you think she can draw. Hire real professionals. There are no short cuts.

Once the book is in hand, you need to market and distribute the finished work or it sits in boxes in your dining room. The process is not easy, but can be tremendously fulfilling. And profitable.

The workshop will take authors through the step by step process of successfully publishing and marketing a book. How to hire your collaborators—designers, editors and publicists– and manage the process from manuscript to a book on the shelf in a bookstore.

Tuition with lodging at St. Eugene:

For only $165, this package includes a one-day self-publishing workshop and one night’s lodging at St. Eugene (arriving on Sunday or Monday). Guests accompanying single occupancy participants stay for no extra lodging charge.

Tuition only: $85 ($65 as an add-on to a St. Eugene Writing Conference workshop)

TO REGISTER, CALL 1.866.292.2020 OR EMAIL RESERVATIONS@STEUGENE.CA

Sioux Browning

PLOT STRUCTURE – MAKING STORIES STRONGER
Friday Nov. 10 to Sunday Nov. 12, 2017

Sioux Browning’s produced work has aired on CTV, The Comedy Network, Space, The New VI and the former Life Network (now Slice). She works as a story editor, script consultant and writer-for-hire for private clients, Canadian production companies and funding agencies. She also consults with novelists looking for help with structure/plotting.

Sioux teaches screenwriting and television writing for UBC’s MFA program. She lives in the Kootenays with her family.

Mark Kusnir

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION WORKSHOP
Thursday Nov. 9 to Sunday Nov. 12, 2017

For twenty-five years, Mark Kusnir has been developing writers at every level and of every description. After earning his MFA at New York University, he continued with graduate study in writing and literature at UBC.

Since starting teaching at the university level, Mark led classes in the novel, the short story, drama, poetry, screenwriting, fiction and creative non-fiction in both traditional and on-line settings. He was principle curriculum writer and lead instructor for the Research Foundation, City University of New York, MS Writing Program.

In addition to teaching, Mark has worked as a copywriter, a copy editor, a narrative editor. He ghostwrote two books, We Are No Fun Anymore (Routledge, 2011) and The Fresh Start Promise (Llewellyn, 2008).

Mark’s broad background and depth of experience make him the perfect fit for the St. Eugene Manuscript Evaluation Workshop.

Tom Wayman

THE SEA, THE FOREST AND THE OPEN FIELD: POETRY
Friday Nov. 10 to Sunday Nov. 12, 2017

Poetry is the essence of all writing. Writing pared down to the minimal in words and maximum emotional content. At the same time, poetry is rich in voice and place. The Canadian poetic tradition often includes landscape and physical work. This workshop will help poets refine and round out a small collection of poetry with some in class workshops to refine technique.

Now living in Winlaw, Tom Wayman spent years at University of Calgary refining the work of MFA and Ph. D students in the writing program. We are lucky to have him at St. Eugene.

Keith Liggett

FINDING YOUR VOICE
Friday Nov. 10 to Sunday Nov. 12, 2017

Keith Liggett is a ski bum and writer. His ski writing has appeared in major ski journals and in over 75 newspapers. In 2009, Whitecap Books published Island Lake Lodge: the cookbook, which won a Gourmand Award, and went into a second printing in May 2010. like socks in the dryer, his second collection of poetry was published in 2013. The Fernie Originals, a series of profiles of Fernie businesses and essays about Fernie appeared in 2015.

Keith has led writing workshops and organized writing conferences in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years.

Keith blogs at:
www.fernie.com/off-camber
www.keithliggett.ca

Deryn Collier

FICTION / NON-FICTION
Friday Nov. 10 to Sunday Nov. 12, 2017

Deryn Collier grew up in Ottawa and Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University. She is the author of Confined Space and Open Secret, both set-in-the-Kootenays mystery novels published by Simon and Schuster Canada. Confined Space was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada, and was the One Book One Kootenay selection of the Kootenay Library Federation.

After forcing herself to keep to a grueling and inflexible writing practice for many years, Deryn spent the last three years developing a more flexible and enjoyable writing process –one she shares when teaching writing, and in her writing coaching work with clients. She lives in Nelson, BC, where she is at work on a new novel that is not a crime story, but is definitely full of

Randy Morse

SELF-PUBLISHING
Monday Nov. 13, 2017

R.G. Morse, publisher, author, and editor, is a one-man literary industry…

Morse brings over 40 years of publishing experience to the table. The founder of three publishing companies, he has served as president of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, sat on the national board of the Association of Canadian Publishers, and carried out major publishing projects in North America, Europe, and China.

As the author of six books (including the best-selling Mountains of Canada), Morse understands the challenges facing writers as few publishers do. The recipient of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s Dalton Camp Award in 2014 for his writing on media and democracy., Morse has worked with and inspired hundreds of authors over the years. Today he works with would-be authors interested in developing their literary projects outside the traditional publishing industry. He also serves as the Communication Director of the BC Rural Centre.

Angie Abdou

SPECIAL GUEST at the Conference Dinner
Saturday Nov. 11

In Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou’s fifth work of fiction, In Case I Go, Eli and his parents returned to their family home in Coalton, a small mountain town. The parents, Nicholas and Lucy, hope by escaping their hectic city lives, they will restore calm and stability to their marriage. They find the once charming Coalton is no longer the remote idyllic mountain town they remember from their courtship.

While Nicholas works long hours at the local coal mine and Lucy battles loneliness and depression. Their son, Eli, befriends Mary, a troubled Ktunaxa girl who lives next door. Both children, disturbed by visions of people and places long-forgotten, are challenged to account for past lives of seduction and betrayal.

A new kind of ghost story, In Case I Go is about the many ways we’re haunted by the misdeeds of our ancestors.

Angie Abdou has a PhD from the University of Calgary and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her first novel, The Bone Cage (NeWest Press), was a finalist in CBC’s Canada Reads competition. She is also the author of The Canterbury Trail (Brindle & Glass), Anything Boys Can Do (Thistledown Press), and Between (Arsenal Pulp Press). Between was named a “Best of 2014” book by PRISM Magazine, 49th Shelf, and the Vancouver Sun. Angie divides her time between Alberta and British Columbia.

STAY WHERE HISTORY MEETS LUXURY

THE RESORT

St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino is a 125-room property with an 18-hole championship golf course, the Casino of the Rockies, three dining outlets, the Ktunaxa Nation Interpretive Centre, a health club with outdoor heated pools and a spa.

With sweeping views of both the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, the 300-acre Resort in the heart of the East Kootenays provides an inspiring, one-of-a-kind environment for meetings of all sizes.

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THE LOCATION

Conveniently located in the heart of the East Kootenays in British Columbia, the Resort is just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport and only a 50-minute direct flight from Calgary or a 1.5 hour direct flight from Vancouver.

The St. Eugene Smokehouse
is our signature dining experience, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and featuring an exquisitely crafted, Western barbecue-themed menu of appetizers, mains and desserts.

Fred’s Saloon
serves the Casino of the Rockies with a traditional assortment of classic lounge fare and weekly buffets.

ACCOMMODATIONS

With 125 guestrooms and suites, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino can easily accommodate conferences, retreats and events of any size. All rooms underwent a full renovation in 2013 with upgrades including new carpets, bedding, TVs, coffeemakers and new furniture.

The Resort features several room and suite styles, with 100 of those rooms in the newer Lodge building and 25 deluxe rooms in the heritage Mission building.

Standard Lodge Rooms boast new upgrades and comfort at the best possible value, with a variety of bed choices available including one king, two queens or two doubles and with some rooms featuring balconies.

Premier Garden Lodge Rooms provide guests with wonderful south-facing views of the front courtyard and gardens, all with newly upgraded amenities and with some featuring balconies. Our mid-value rooms, bed choices include one king, two queens or two doubles.

Deluxe Mission Rooms are all beautifully appointed and uniquely designed within the heritage Mission building, featuring exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, replaces and rounded windows. West-facing rooms enjoy expansive views of our golf course while east-facing rooms face the courtyard and gardens in front of a magni cent backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

TO REGISTER, CALL 1.866.292.2020 OR EMAIL RESERVATIONS@STEUGENE.CA

AIRLINE PARTNERSHIPS

Conveniently located in the heart of the East Kootenays in British Columbia, the Resort is just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport and only a 1.5 hour direct flight from Vancouver or 4 hour drive from Calgary.

The Resort has partnered with Pacific Coastal Airlines to offer a discount of 20% off regularly schedule flights from Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria airports.

Call 250.807.4930 and quote promo code WRITERS to receive a discount on your flight!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a published writer to attend?
No. Writers with books and emerging writers all benefit from the workshop setting. We will work to place you in a workshop that allows you to progress and develop at a comfortable pace.

Why are Fiction and Non-fiction a single workshop?
Fiction and Non-fiction are prose genres and share many characteristics. They must have a strong narrative arc. They must have tension to lead the reader into the story. The fact that one might be ‘true” and the other “made up” has little to do with the craft of the story. In both, to engage the reader, you must tell a great story. That’s what the workshop teaches.

Do I need a body of work or a collection of poetry to workshop?
No. If you have not written much or are wondering which workshop to take, sign up for Keith’s Finding Your Voice workshop. The session will include guided exercises in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. At the end, you will be singing in your new voice (on the page).

How do I know which instructor to sign up for?
If you have questions, Keith Liggett, the Conference Director will chat with you and help you determine the correct session. He’s led workshops for almost 30 years and has a great feel for how people fit into sessions together. Please contact Keith directly at info@steugenewriting.ca

What are the afternoon panel discussions?
In the afternoons, before dinner, we will have discussions on literary publishing, writing a great query letter, how to find an agent an so on. The panels will be set shortly before the Conference begins. You can attend or not, but they are an interesting way to meet and discuss issues with the other participants and instructors.

One afternoon session will be on our hosts at St. Eugene Resort, the Ktunaxa. The Ktunaxa are an interesting band culturally. The oldest habituated land in Canada is in traditional Ktunaxa territory. Their language is an isolate, no known root in another language. Their traditions are a mix of woodland and prairie cultures.

There is also a wonderful Ktunaxa Interpretive Center at the Resort.

Can I bring a guest?
Sure. They can stay in your room for no extra charge and there are special meal and Conference Dinner tickets for purchase for guests.

Can I share a room?
Yes, but the Conference will not set up roommates. If you have a friend who wants to attend, one person would pay the tuition and lodging rate, the other only the straight tuition. This would be quite a saving over coming as a single conference attendee.

If I have special food requirements, can they be accommodated?
For special food needs, please write to the Conference info email with the details and we will consult with our Executive Chef on our ability to meet those requirements. In most cases, it will not be a problem.

How do I register?
Call the St. Eugene Resort at  1.866.292.2020. Ask for reservations and tell the receptionist you are registering for the St. Eugene Writers Conference, the session you are registering for and they will register you for the Conference. In most cases, we will follow up with a phone call to ensure you are in the right workshop and will be fully prepared.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The St. Eugene Writers Conference offers several scholarships granted on both need and craft. All applications are evaluated as a group, but awarded first according to the parameters of the scholarship. The scholarships are for the three-day sessions–Nov. 10-12, 2017.

The St. Eugene Scholarship (tuition only)

The Jeanne and Don Liggett Memorial Scholarship (tuition only)

Pacific Coastal Airline Scholarship—Lower mainland Writer (includes airfare from Vancouver, return and tuition)

Pacific Coastal Airline Scholarship—Kelowna area Writer (includes airfare from Kelowna, return and tuition)

Applications for scholarships will be accepted from Sept. 15, 2017.

To apply for a scholarship, send the following in hard copy to

St. Eugene Writers Conference
St. Eugene Resort
Attention: Jessica Britton
7777 Mission Rd.
Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 7E5

1. A cover page with the applicant’s name, address, phone number and email.

2. A brief one page cover letter stating your need, your writing background and a description of your project.

3. For fiction/non-fiction send 10 pages of writing. This need not be a single piece, but may be several short pieces. For poetry send three to five poems of one page or less. For screenwriting send a one page treatment of your project. For Finding Your Voice your cover letter will suffice as a writing sample.

4. The submission should be in standard form—single-sided white paper, serif 12 pt. type, 1” margins all around. Pages should be numbered sequentially with the applicant’s name in the header or footer.

Hard copies only will be accepted.

All materials must be received at St. Eugene Resort by 5PM Oct. 22, 2017. Late materials will not be considered. If you wish to have your materials returned, please enclose an SASE.

The scholarship awards will be made by October 25, 2017 and applicants will be notified by email and/or by phone, as they prefer.

Anyone applying for a scholarship who does not receive a scholarship will receive a two-week extension on the Early Bird rate to attend the conference.

TO REGISTER, CALL 1.866.292.2020 OR EMAIL RESERVATIONS@STEUGENE.CA