Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Cathedral Village Festival Reading and other news

I'll be reading at the Cathedral Village Festival in Regina on Saturday May 25, 2013 at 12:00 in the Literary Tent.
The Writers Union of Canada conference is usually the same time as the fabulous and fun Cathedral Festival so I'm really happy that this year I get to participate in both!

I've just done two workshops for the Pelican Bay Literary Festival and writers groups - titled 
"A 'Novel' Creation" 
- tying the principles, and neuropsychology, of creativity to creative writing and using the principles and techniques of improvisation to the process. Lots of interesting discussion and exploration resulted.

"This was the best workshop on character and plot that I've ever attended."
"I really enjoyed and learned from the improv exercises. It was a whole new way of thinking about 'writing', character development, plot."
"The workshop opened new ways to approach fiction writing."
"[One of the] best parts was the approach to creativity as a dynamic activity."

A recent review of To the Edge of the Sea,  in CM: Canadian Review of Materials

  "Anne McDonald has an impressionistic, lyrical style, with several sustained metaphors running through the novel. The circus trapeze is one. First and foremost, it shows the tension between home and freedom. It captures Alex's yearning for thrilling experiences and, at the same time, for his brother - "someone to catch him". The breathtaking back-and-forth of the trapeze also relates to the feelings between Mercy and John A"

You can find the full review here 

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