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Institute Workshops

Pending funding, the Whaletown Institute is looking to offer the following workshops and programming, which will start in January, 2010 and run throughout the year:

1. Whaletown Weekly Writers Workshop - an on-going weekly 2 hour workshop for island writers. This will be a traditional writers’ workshop, in which participants will read and give feedback on each other’s works-in-progress. It will run for a period of 36 weeks.

2. Life-story Writing - an on-going bi-monthly workshop focusing on memoir writing and ethical wills. This workshop will help participants write and compile personal family histories which they can pass on to the next generation.

3. Thematic Workshop: Basic Computer Literacy for Writers – a 4 week course on basic computer skills, which will include word processing software (Open Office, Microsoft Word, Scrivener), formatting manuscripts for submission to magazines and publishers, Internet research.

4. Thematic Workshop: Writing Genres pt. 1 – a 4 week course on writing and reading a single genre, such as nature writing, poetry, short fiction, short-short fiction, creative non-fiction, historical fiction, children’s literature, screenplay, web-based writing, blogging and on-line journalism.

5. Thematic Workshop: Writing Genres, pt. 2 – a 4 week course, as above.

6. Thematic Workshop: Literature and Film - a 4 part screening series that highlight an interesting aspect of writing, including classical narrative structure, point-of-view, non-linear narrative, screen adaptation.

7. Community Micro-College – 6 two-hour classes, workshops, and lectures by local and off-island experts on diverse subjects of interest to the community such as permaculture, socially responsible game design, zoology, paleontology, local history, art history, and Japanese calligraphy.

8. Study Groups —on-going and informal peer-led groups focussing on books, reading, and skill sharing. We are happy to be starting the first of these study groups, led by Ayami Stryck, who will be teaching Japanese calligraphy and brush meditation.


Welcome

THE WHALETOWN INSTITUTE

We are a small non-profit society dedicated to promoting creativity and cross-fertilization in the fields of art, literature and the sciences. Our aims are twofold: to support talented international writers, artists and scientists with residential fellowships at our small Institute facilities on Cortes Island, British Columbia; and to enrich the intellectual, artistic and cultural life on Cortes Island by providing a public forum for education and dialogue.

We are currently developing a curriculum of classes and workshops for the 2011-2012 year. Please check our Upcoming Events and our Whaletown Calendar, for information about classes, study groups, screenings, readings and other events.

We are also reviewing applications for summer residencies for 2012. Have a look at the biographies of some of our past residents to get a sense of the range of initiatives we have supported in the past, and please contact us if you wish to apply.

We can be contacted at:

The Whaletown Institute
Box 254
Whaletown, BC
V0P 1Z0
Canada

wtinstitute@gmail.com

NOTES

About the whale:

"I filmed the image of this whale at a natural history museum at a German schloss somewhere outside Stuttgart. The image is a composite of several freeze frames from a long panning shot, filmed in Ektachrome Super 8, with ambient lighting. The camera I had back then was a Kodak Instamatic that I bought at a thrift shop. I loved that camera. I think I was 17 years old." - Oliver K