Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Sawyer to lead sci-fi workshop

  • Print

If it's true that there's a book inside everyone, a series of events in Winnipeg this fall will help with the extraction process.

Workshops on graphic novels, mysteries, historical fiction, literary fiction, writing about family and science fiction are on offer, with the latter led by Robert J. Sawyer, a Canadian novelist who has won the Hugo, Nebula and virtually every other award in SF.

Sawyer's session runs Nov. 23 and is offered by the Manitoba Writers' Guild. Another MWG workshop, with poet and fiction writer Steven Heighton (Afterlands, Every Lost Continent), focuses on creation of vivid characters and runs Oct. 27. To register for either MWG session, call 944-8013.

The Winnipeg Public Library hosts a free workshop on research and historical fiction Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., featuring Joan Thomas (Curiosity, Reading by Lightning), Jan Horner (Mama Dada, Elizabeth Went West) and Janice MacDonald (the Randy Craig mystery novels). MacDonald will also lead a full-day session on mystery writing Oct. 25 at McNally Robinson (register at McNally Robinson).

A free workshop offered by the U of M's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture features David Robertson (Seven Generations) discussing how to write a graphic novel. Call 480-1065 to register for the Oct. 31 event.

Former Winnipegger Rhea Tregebov, whose novel The Knife Sharpener's Bell was set in the North End, comes to the U of W to give a talk on the family and fiction and "how an author incorporates personal experience into writing." Call 779-9044 to register for the Nov. 3 session.

-- -- --

Thor's Day comes two days early this week when Winnipeg writer Chadwick Ginther launches Tombstone Blues, Vol. 2 of his Thunder Road series, in which the gods and giants of Norse mythology wreak havoc in present-day Manitoba.

In Vol. 1, working-stiff hero Ted Callan woke up to find himself covered in mysterious tattoos that gave him the power of Thor, God of Thunder. Now, in Vol. 2, Callan's use of those powers calls for the real Thor, with potentially apocalyptic results. The launch is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

-- -- --

Ontario novelist Richard Wagamese has won the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, bestowed by the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education.

Wagamese's novel Indian Horse (Douglas & McIntyre), which tells of the effects of racism, residential schools and alcohol on a promising young hockey player, won the $12,000 first prize, while Tara Lee Moore won the $8,000 second prize for As I Remember It, and former Ontario lieutenant governor James Bartleman won the $5,000 third prize for As Long as the Rivers Flow.

-- -- --

After more than a dozen books of poetry Winnipeg's Dennis Cooley digs into history, mythology and the earth itself with his new collection, The Stones.

Cooley's new work meditates on stones, from skipping stones and curling rocks to the materials or Europe's great cathedrals and monuments. He launches the poetry collection Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 12, 2013 A1

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Winnipeg Free Press 27 cent digital payment system

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Carolyn Kavanagh(10) had this large dragonfly land on her while spending time at Winnetka Lake, Ontario. photo by Andrea Kavanagh (mom0 show us your summer winnipeg free press
  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009

View More Gallery Photos


What do you think of Manitoba Hydro's deal to create a surface-parking lot to allow for construction of a new substation?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google