Writing with Writers Series


Join us for an evening of listening, learning and writing as we celebrate local North Shore authors. Whether you’re keen on discovering how to build suspense in a story, write compelling plots and believable characters, or hone your life story into an engaging read, the Writing with Writers series offers something for you. This interactive evening workshop series takes place four times per year and is free.


Braiding: The Power of Creative Non-Fiction (Memoir, Personal Essay or Travelogue) with Joan Boxall

Wednesday, June 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Program Room.

You don't really have a workable idea until you combine two ideas - Twyla Tharp

Have you ever struggled with balancing style and substance in your writing? Creative Non-Fiction (CNF) writing does the dance, as field founder Lee Gutkind calls it, inter-weaving scenes with factual information.  Gutkind defines CNF as 'true stories, well told'. Joan inter-weaves many layers in the true story of an artful journey with her mentally-ill brother.  She'll share tips on how to braid your own CNF. Bring pen and paper, or laptop, and be prepared to join in, as Joan Boxall challenges, educates and inspires us.

Joan Boxall is a retired English teacher turned creative non-fiction writer. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an English and French major from the University of British Columbia. She taught English, French and PE to teens in Cranbrook and Delta before acquiring a TESL certificate in adult education. She worked with adult newcomers at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society and at North Vancouver School District.  She's a lifelong poet with some of her environmental poems on YouTube.  She contributes her non-fiction travelogues to Inspired 55+ Lifestyle Magazine. DrawBridge is her first book. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband. Find out more about Joan at www.joanboxall.com.

Presented in partnership with the North Shore Writers' Association. All are welcome. Registration Required.

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