Registration opens for Diane Schoemperlen's June 10th Memoir Masterclass

 Diane Schoemperlen's most recent book, above, was named a finalist for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize

Diane Schoemperlen's most recent book, above, was named a finalist for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize

We're excited to announce that registration is now open for author Diane Schoemperlen's June 10th masterclass, titled "Yes, This IS My Life: Honesty, Misery, and Memoir." Seats are very limited, with only nine of fifteen left open. To secure a spot, please email woodbridgeretreat@gmail.com.

This immersive class, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., is meant to help each student approach, conceptualize, and write about a subject or experience that had a profound effect on their life. The total cost is $129.95, plus HST (lunch included). A $30 deposit is required.

Divided into two parts, the morning session begins with a two-hour lecture on how Schoemperlen wrote This Is Not My Life, a memoir about her troubled relationship with a convicted felon. Special focus is given to writing process itself, offering students insight into how Schoemperlen was able to complete a book that she — a Governor General's Award-winning novelist — considers "the hardest thing [she's] ever written."

After breaking for a refreshing, buffet-style summer lunch, the afternoon commences with memoir writing exercises lead by Schoemperlen. Discussion is opened to questions from the class, with special attention placed on the practical aspects of process and craft.

As an optional bonus, if interested, students are invited to submit a ten-page, double-spaced writing sample, which Schoemperlen will read, comment on, and return.

The workshop will take place on The Woodbridge Farm in Kingsville, Ontario. Please direct any questions to Grant, at woodbridgeretreat@gmail.com. References to local bed & breakfasts are available for those interested.

Given how infrequently authors of Schoemperlen's stature visit the region, demand for spots is expected to be high. Reserve your seat now!