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Introduction to Creative Writing with Patti Flather

Patti Flather • Writing

Students will explore together with the instructor the multitude of sources where our stories come from and the many forms they may appear in. They will be guided through simple warm-up writing and other easy-to-follow writing exercises designed to get them started and discover their own written voice and hone their descriptive skills in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Among areas to explore, dependent on student age, are character sketches, descriptive passages with favourite settings or objects, and short narrative scenes. More time allows building student confidence and comfort level with the creative process.

Grade Suitability5-12
Maximum Class Size20
Time RequiredFlexible
Material RequiredPaper, pen and pencils supplied by school
Language of InstructionEnglish
CommunitiesWhitehorse, Old Crow
AvailabilityJanuary - June

Patti Flather

Patti Flather is an award-winning playwright, theatre artist, writer as well as an arts educator and cultural producer. Her play Paradise toured nationally and is published with Playwrights Canada Press. Her other plays include Sixty Below, West Edmonton Mall, Where the River Meets the Sea, Street Signs (formerly The Soul Menders), and the devised work Map of the Land, Map of the Stars.

Flather is a co-creator of Ndoo Tr’eedyaa Gogwaandak—Vuntut Gwitchin Stories radio plays in Gwich’in and English. Patti co-founded Gwaandak Theatre with her husband Leonard Linklater and is past Artistic Director; the company develops and shares Indigenous and Northern theatre stories.

A recipient of the Borealis Prize for Yukon literary contribution, Patti was a founding director of the Yukon Words Society, remains an active volunteer, and is editor of the PGC Women’s Caucus newsletter. Patti has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of B.C. and is an alumna of Humber School for Writers. She is a settler who grew up on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations in North Vancouver, B.C.. Patti has called the Yukon home for three decades, living with gratitude on the territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. She is a proud member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, The Writers Union of Canada and Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas.

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