The Omniscient Mind: A Fiction Workshop with Johanna Skibsrud
When: Saturday, October 5 | 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Where: Suite 719 - 7th floor, Delta Bessborough | 601 Spadina Crescent
Cost: $45 for SWG members; $55 for non-members; $25 for students
We are often told, “write what you know!” but we do not often pause to reflect on what that really means, and requires of us as writers. Everything that we encounter through experience or literature--everything we have ever dreamed about, imagined, or feared--is material for writing. No matter if we are working on a science fiction novel or an autobiography, thinking of knowledge and experience in these broad terms—beyond, that is, the personal details of our own lives—can enrich our way of writing about, and even, perhaps, conceiving of the world around us. This workshop will propose numerous exercises and promote thought and discussion on ways of honing our attention to, and imagination of, what we may not yet even realize we know…
Johanna Skibsrud is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning novel, The Sentimentalists, a book of short fiction, This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories, and two collections of poetry, I Do Not Think that I Could Love a Human Being, and Late Nights with Wild Cowboys. She currently holds a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellowship in English literature at the University of Arizona, and is working to complete a second novel.