“As a visiting instructor and a seasoned veteran of the world of writing and publishing, Heather Wright spent some very constructive time with several grade 11 ENG3U classes at Ridley College last fall. She engaged the students with her understanding and instruction of how to naturally integrate the use of dialogue in short stories. What stayed with me, their teacher, with regard to Heather’s lesson was also her ideas concerning how students handle character- ‘The sooner we get to know your character, the sooner we get to care for him/her.’ Good advice, indeed. Heather’s short story workshop was excellent and very beneficial for all our budding writers.”
Andrew Leach, Ridley College, Holder of the Cronyn Chair
“Heather Wright is an expert in her field. Her writing workshops for students are informative and engaging. She truly understands teen writers and their unique needs. Highly recommended.”
Christy Giesler, Teen Services Librarian, Kitchener Public Library
With nearly 20 years experience as an English teacher and an ongoing writing career covering web writing, feature writing and writing for children, I bring a unique voice and background to your students. I want to help students reach their writing goals whether they are writing mystery, fantasy, SF, fairy tales, poetry or literary fiction. I am a supportive and encouraging mentor who likes to raise the bar to encourage excellence and pride in the final product. For locations between sixty and ninety minutes of Kitchener, I am happy to work face-to-face with your students to launch the program, provide some mid-project incentive, and host an end-of-session showcase event. For locations outside of that range, the program can be organized through blogs and Skype.
Writing Dialogue 40-60 minutes
This hands-on workshop equips writers with techniques for creating ‘fat-free’ dialogue that develops characters and moves the plot along. Participants will write two unique scenes of dialogue by the end of the workshop. This is a challenging and instructive workshop for students, grades 8 and up.
No One Leaves Without a Story 40-60 minutes
This workshop guarantees that every participant will leave with some workable story ideas and perhaps even a beginning or two. Using a variety of writing starters, participants will fill up their creative reserves with hands-on brainstorming and creativity. This workshop can be used as a beginning-of-term blast into creative writing or to energize a mid-term slump or to tie in with other subjects such as social studies or literature.
What Do Writers Do? 30-40 minutes
This workshop concentrates on the writing process. Using concrete examples from my own work and that of others, I demonstrate the routes that authors take to complete a finished product. Topics include drafting and editing, finding markets, meeting deadlines and where to get ideas. This workshop can be adapted for students, elementary through high school.
For further information, please contact
Heather Wright BA, BEd, Hon. Spec. English
Member: Ontario Council of Teachers, Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, CANSCAIP