PUB 803
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Room: 3000
Max. 25 participants
$225.00 CDN (includes course material)

Award-winning writing and reporting uses elements of dramatic narrative to tell stories — it’s the reason we binge-watch our favourite television shows, love radio dramas like Serial, and stay hooked on our New Yorker subscriptions.

In this workshop you will learn how to turn your ideas into compelling stories using dialogue, scene, character and voice and how to craft your narrative with rising action, conflict, climax, resolution and denouement.

From idea to pitch, lead to nutgraph, development to kicker, this workshop will help you make good writing great. This workshop is ideal for all non-fiction writers ready to improve their craft, and will include skills for writing creatively for multiple platforms: print, web and social media.

Participants will bring a non-fiction project, story, essay or idea to work on in class. Bring your laptops and expect a lively, creative atmosphere.


Denise Ryan is a graduate of the UBC Creative Writing program. She has been associate editor at Vancouver magazine, Mix Weekend magazine co-founder and editor, editor of the Vancouver Sun Arts, Food, Travel and features sections and has contributed to Salon.com. Denise has received three Webster awards for feature writing, is a National Newspaper Award finalist, CBC Literary Prize winner for non-fiction, Best of the Web winner, and winner of the 2013 National Sovereign Award. Her fiction has appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology, Toronto Life, Blood & Aphorisms, Event, Prairie Fire, Western Living and other publications. She has taught in the magazine publishing program at SFU, designed journalism curriculum for Grant Macewan University and is a frequent panelist, jurist and event host.