Published author and historian Jeanette Taylor will lead a bi-monthly writers workshp being offered by the Museum at Campbell River in the new year.

Writers’ Workshop guides you through the craft of biography, memoir and fiction

The Museum at Campbell River is presenting a bi-monthly Writers’ Workshop this winter

Are you writing a biography, family history, memoir or fiction—and want the support of fellow scribes?

The Museum at Campbell River is presenting a bi-monthly Writers’ Workshop this winter, Jan. 24 through March 21, 2015, from 1:30–4 p.m.

Each session will have a specific theme. Instructor Jeanette Taylor will guide participants through writing exercises and discussion about ways to engage readers, craft elegant sentences and create vibrant scenes with life-like characters.

There will be plenty of writing time in class, with exercises that advance participants’ writing projects. They will also engage in facilitated peer reviews to gage reader response and share their insights with classmates.

Taylor has four books in print, including River City, A History of Campbell River & the Discovery Islands and BC Bestseller Tidal Passages. She teaches writing classes and workshops in the north island with her colleague Annette Yourk and manages a writing service called The Scribes.

Most of the subjects to be covered in the workshop will be based on the book “The Making of a Story,” which is a required purchase for the workshop.

For those who are still at the ideas stage of a writing project, Taylor will team up with Annette Yourk to present an introductory session on January 11 on Quadra Island.

“The focus here,” says Taylor, “is an overview of a book project. We’ll talk about ways to hone your research, plan a narrative, and get launched.”

There is an additional fee of $30 for this, says Taylor, which includes handout material to help you prepare for the workshop series.

This session will be followed by an optional session on conducting historical research.

The fee for the workshop series at the Museum at Campbell River is $130, with the additional purchase of the book “The Making of Story” by Alice LaPlante from your bookseller.

The standalone session, An Introduction to Narrative Planning, on Jan. 11, costs $30. Advance registration is required for both this and the workshop as spots are limited.

Call Campbell River Museum at 250-287-3103.

Check their website http://www.crmuseum.ca/or the instructor’s site at www.thescribes.ca for more details (While you’re there have a look at the site blog, The Writers’ Study, for tips on writing and local history tales).