Follow the journey of history with this story writing workshop

Who better to learn to write short stories than Patricia Robertson, former writer-in-residence at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library?

Robertson will direct Sentence by Sentence: the Journey of the Story on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 pm via Zoom.

If you have no writing experience or are concerned that you don’t have a detailed outline in mind before you start writing, that’s not a problem. Learn how the writing process itself can help you figure out what you want to write about.

“It is a misnomer to describe writing as ‘figure out what you mean.’ The fact is, you don’t know what you want to say before the trip, ”explains Robertson. “You are taking a leap into the unknown. All you know is what to take with you: your laptop, a cup of coffee, and your imagination. Believe it or not, entire novels have been written using this method.

“As the American novelist EL Doctorow said, ‘Writing is like driving at night in a fog. You can only see how far the headlights go, but you can do the whole trip that way. ‘

Robertson is an author, editor, and instructor at the University of Winnipeg. She was a KFPL Writer in Residence in 2014 and has led many popular writing workshops for the library.

The workshop is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Registration begins November 13, and participants can register online at or (613) 549-8888. Registrants will receive the link by email immediately after registering and must download Zoom in advance.

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