March 17, 2018, 10am-4pm
Chilliwack Museum, 45820 Spadina Ave.
$60.00 non-members* | $50 members*
Register online or call 604-795-5210
Join creative writer and journalist Heather Ramsay for an exploration of what it’s like to live in Chilliwack.
This full day workshop will help equip you with the skills to successfully create a sense of place in your writing. Delve into the minute and zoom out to the larger landscape; learn how to allow these details to lead your narrative and reveal unique perspectives. Using our familiar local landscape and drawing inspiration from the Chilliwack Museum and Archives’ collection, you will explore what it’s like to live in Chilliwack through your writing.
Sometimes called a descriptive essay, the stories we will create will reveal meaning through sensory description. Whether you are from a farming family or your dad owned a car dealership, whether your people have lived on this land since time immemorial or you came as a recent immigrant, we all have a particular experience of what it’s like to live in Chilliwack. Our aim is to create something similar to the essay’s posted on Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq “What it’s like Living Here” series.
Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to publish their completed works on the Chilliwack Museum and Archives blog.
About Heather Ramsay
Heather Ramsay is a freelance writer now based in the Fraser Valley. She is a candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in The Tyee, Maisonneuve, Canadian Geographic, Vancouver Review, Canada’s History Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Northword Magazine and more. She spent 10 years on Haida Gwaii and has written two books, which were published by the Haida Gwaii Museum: Gina ‘Waadluxan Tluu: The Everything Canoe (2010) and Gyaagang.ngaay: The Monumental Poles of Skidegate (2012).