In Genre Mash-Up, writers will engage with a different genre of writing each week taught by a teacher(s) who is an expert in the field. The intention of the mash-up is to bring writers together with experts in the genre to learn and be inspired to write.

About the experts! (Bios forthcoming!)

WEEK ONE – Ben Van Dongen & Christian Laforet – Science Fiction & Horror Writing

Christian Laforet
Ben Van Dongen

Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet have been writing together for years. From an annual writing retreat to critiquing to self-publishing, Van Dongen and Laforet have been sharing their writing processes, challenges and successes – and now they’re experts in the field of writing with a buddy! Find out how having a writing partner can strengthen your writing life.

Van Dongen and Laforet write genre-fiction, specifically horror, sci-fi and crime. They are members of Write on Windsor, and they have co-authored, designed and sold several books together. They have learned extraordinary things about each other, about writing, about being active authors in Windsor and beyond. They are the hosts of the Windsor editing of Chi-Series – a monthly science-fiction literary event.

Ben and Chris will tag-team teach about the basics of writing genre fiction including offering cool and creepy writing prompts that will get you writing like a sci-fi and horror master. Don’t be afraid…or be afraid. Either way – it’s gonna be great!

WEEK TWO – Vanessa Shields – Poetry

Vanessa Shields has been writing poetry since was a child. Her books I Am That Woman (Black Moss Press, 2014) and Look At Her (Black Moss Press, 2016) have sold hundreds of copies. She is working on a new collected called thimble due out in 2021 by Palimpsest Press. Her poetry has placed in several contests and is part of many anthologies, including Whisky Sour City (Edited by Shields) and Because We Have All Live Here. She has been on numerous juries for major poetry awards including the Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Atlantic Book Awards and she has been on many juries for the Ontario Arts Council and the League of Canadian Poets. As a teacher, Shields has been teaching poetry classes and workshops and organizing writing retreats for over twenty years.

In this poetry session, Shields will use unique tools to evoke the poet within. Timed-writing, prompts and imagery will inspire your inner poet.

Casey Plett – Fiction

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Casey Plett is a living legend in the Canadian literary world – and she lives and works right here in Windsor! Hot off a trifecta of literary award wins in 2019 for her novel Little Fish (Arsenal Press), Plett has won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Lambda Literary Award For Transgender Fiction, and a Firecracker Award. She was a Finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.

In 2017, Casey co-edited the anthology of sci-fi and fantasy by transgender writers Meanwhile, Elsewhere (Topside Press). And in 2014 she published A Safe Girl to Love (also Topside Press), a collection of short stories. She’s got a long resume of columns, essays, stories, and reviews published all over the place; she’s been a bookseller in Oregon, Winnipeg, and New York City, and she worked for Biblioasis’s publishing wing for several years.

Casey’s distinct knowledge of fiction and the publishing industry will drive her lessons about writing. Be prepared to write, write, write!

She’s an open book

Nicholas Shields – Screenwriting

Shields’ is an owner of Suede Productions, a boutique film and television production company. He has been an actor, director and screenwriter for over three decades. His knowledge of writing for the screen is vast and developed. He has written scripts for television and film as well as for corporations and businesses.

Shields will teach basic screenwriting skills including act structure, dialogue and genre convention.

Overall, this mash-up class will challenge you to play in different genres of writing. Find a new genre to love or hone your skills in the one(s) you’re already enjoying!

In this class writers will:

  • learn about specific genres of writing by experts in the genre
  • practice writing in that style through various writing exercises and prompts
  • share their writing & get feedback from the other writers and expert teachers
  • discover new styles of writing and write, write, write

This class includes:

  • class syllabus & binder
  • journal
  • pen
  • light refreshments

Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Four week class – each week is a different genre of writing!
Week one Sept. 3 – Science Fiction & Horror – Teachers Ben Van Dongen & Christian Laforet
Week two Sept. 10 – Poetry – Vanessa Shields
Week three – Sept. 17 – Fiction – Casey Plett
Week four – Sept. 24 – Screenwriting – Teacher Nicholas Shields
September 3, 10, 17, 24

Cost: $140.00

Open to all writers – beginners more than welcome!

Register by: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

To register, please click HERE!