Diana Shallard

Get started on a writing project

The course takes writers through all the phases of a project, from research to organizing and planning techniques

There two writing programs on offer in Campbell River this fall, instructed by Annette Yourk and Jeanette Taylor.

Writing Family History, Biography & Memoir runs at the Museum at Campbell River from October 5 to November 9, 2014, in five weekly sessions on Sunday afternoons.

The course takes writers through all the phases of a project, from research to organizing and planning techniques, story development and publication options. Use your own writing project as a base for in-class and homework exercises to hone your skills. The fee is $160 and includes a comprehensive manual. Call the Museum at Campbell River to register at 250-287-3103.

Taylor and Yourk will also lead a new bio-monthly program, A Writer’s Workshop, at the Campbell River Arts Council from October 4 to November 29. Participants will sharpen their skills through writing exercises, peer discussions and facilitated writing reviews. The sessions are on Saturday afternoons, with the possibility of more to come in the new year, at the Sybil Andrews Cottage in Willow Point. The format, say the organizers, is akin to a writers’ group. The fee is $125. Call the Campbell River Arts Council at 250-923-0213 or e-mail them at arts.council@crarts.ca. You can also register on line at: http://www.crarts.ca/

Taylor and Yourk, both Quadra Islanders, teach writing courses throughout the region. They bring a variety of skills and experience to their interactive courses. Taylor’s books on local history include “River City, A History of Campbell River” and “Tidal Passages”. Yourk, who writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction, works as a freelance editor. Check their website thescribes.ca for more on these courses and to follow their blog: The Writers’ Study.