What's your story? New West writing workshop examines the power of personal narrative

What’s your story?

That’s the question that’s at the heart of a Royal City Literary Arts Society workshop this weekend. Facilitator Caitlin Hicks is leading the session on Saturday, June 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 417 at the Anvil Centre.

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Hicks is a playwright, actor and author based in B.C. In the workshop, she’ll share her personal, emotional journey of discovery that inspires all of her work, both fiction and non-fiction. A write-up about the workshop notes she’ll discuss how emotional resonance in writing brings it to an essential level of engagement with the audience, and how to get at that resonance and bring it out through your writing.

“Beginning with the personal story, Hicks challenges participants to find a narrative from their own lives and to examine the assumptions this story contains,” says a write-up about the workshop. “What kind of influence does this story have on who you are and who you have spent your life becoming?”

Hicks’ play Singing the Bones toured internationally as a theatre production and was adapted to film, premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2001. Her debut novel, A Theory of Expanded Love, won iBooks Best New Fiction (spring 2015) and numerous other awards in the U.S. For more about Hicks, see www.caitlinhicks.com.

The Anvil Centre is at 777 Columbia St. The workshop costs $15 for members, or $25 for non-members. See www.rclas.com/workshops for more info, or email secretary@rclas.com to sign up.

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