Upcoming Workshops with Me!

I’m going to be off running around Keycon this weekend, but I am also doing 3 workshops in the near future (one is only a week away) and I wanted to get this posted before anything else derailed me further.

Tiny Stories: Flash Fiction

May 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Millennium Library Buchwald Room, 2nd floor

Small stories are everywhere. They surround us with their tiny voices, some old and whispered, some new and screaming to be heard.

When we build a tiny house in miniature we learn the ways of walls and doors and roofs and windows. In some ways it is easier to make small things, but in other ways the attention to detail required is much larger than we might realize.

Whether we write novels or poems, fiction or non-fiction, the act of creating tiny stories will teach us things: structure, symmetry, timing, flow, endings…

Come learn and build in miniature together in the library, where books, large and small, loom in the shelves around us, infusing our work with their printed presence.

Come steep in the house of texts and create something small and whole and interesting.

The tiny stories are everywhere, if we will but listen and write them down.

Come create within the library. Come and generate and shape and bring to life something small and compact that you didn’t know was creeping about within you, waiting for the chance to be heard.

This workshop will be 3 hours of guided written creativity facilitated by Daria Patrie. There will be light refreshments and a break in the middle. Pen and paper will be provided.

How Websites Work

July 15, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Millenium Library Buchwald Room, 2nd floor

“I have heard the servers singing, each to each…”

When one computer wishes to speak to another computer, it sings.
Website code is a transcription of this song: the sheet music of the internet.
When we create websites, we are writing music for computers to sing to one another.

But how does anyone actually do that?
And why do the songs sometimes look…awful, mangled, or just don’t load at all?

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, domains, registrars, servers… what do these things mean? Why do they keep causing so many errors when all we wanted to do was change six words on one page? What is up with the number 404? And why does it hate everyone?

Come spend three hours with Daria: volunteer web minion for many websites and paid web minion for the University of Manitoba, while Daria deconstructs what websites actually are, how they function, how and why they break, and, more importantly, how you can avoid breaking them when you deal with them yourselves.

This will be a lecture-style seminar. No computers are required.

There will be a robust set of online resources provided, light refreshments and a break in the middle, a lengthy question and answer period at the end, and a request sheet for future classes covering the sorts of topics which tend to appear in the liminal spaces where editing and technology intersect.

We Need to Talk: Writing Voice & Voices in Writing

August 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Millennium Library Buchwald Room, 2nd floor

When a character speaks, we learn who they are.
But what about narrators? Are narrators characters?
And how to write dialogue that looks… real?

In this workshop we’ll look at the ways in which your characters can speak:
Narrative voice, dialect,
Dialogue, diatribes,
First person, third person,
Second person too (oh you!)

Diction, attribution,
Reported speech, tense,
Contradictions, implications,
Inversions, subversions,
Sarcasm,
And the power of silence…

…because sometimes your characters speak most clearly when they do not speak at all.

This workshop will be 3 hours of guided written creativity facilitated by Daria Patrie. There will be light refreshments and a break in the middle. Pen and paper will be provided.

 

Please note:  All 3 workshops are being put on via the MEA (the Manitoba Editors’ Association).  There is a cost to attend.  For MEA members, it’s $15.  For non-MEA members, it’s $40.  If you would like to become a member of the MEA you’re welcome to do so and you will be able to sign up for that at the event, but it’s not required.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to send me a note in the comments or via the feedback form on the site or email me at daria dot patrie at gmail dot com.

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