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Award-winning author Donna Morrissey offers fiction workshop

By Contributor
June 19th, 2014

Writers can learn from one of Canada’s finest in a special fiction workshop with award-winning, internationally-published author Donna Morrissey. The workshop, hosted by the Nelson Public Library, runs Sunday, July 13 from 1– 6 p.m.

Morrissey is the author of five novels—Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, Sylvanus Now, What They Wanted, and The Deception of Livvy Higgs—for which she has won a number of awards, including the Books in Canada First Novel Award, American Library Association Alex Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Award, and the UK Libris Award. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and won a Gemini for her screenplay, Clothesline Patch.

The workshop covers writing from within your character, effective telling, writing with tension, incorporating research, and showing emotion through character, narrative, dialogue and associative thinking. A teaching video excerpt and other information about Morrissey can be found at

“My mother always said that we are of our own making, and that we each have our own story,” says Morrissey, who has taught Creative Writing at Dalhousie University and at Humber College in Toronto.

Cost of the workshop is $85, and pre-registration is required as apace is limited. Email to register.

Originally from The Beaches in Newfoundland, Morrissey now lives in Halifax. She’s appearing at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival July 10 – 13, along with Douglas Gibson, Gail Bowen, and Eleanor Wachtel to name just a few. For information and tickets go to

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