Workshops with Waub and John

Did you attend the recent Stories in the North workshops with Waubgeshig Rice and John Degen?
If so, you just may see yourself in today’s post. As promised, we’re sharing more photos from that weekend.

Today’s photos are all about the workshops. We started out bright and early Saturday morning with a great crowd in attendance to greet and learn from author Waubgeshig Rice.

You might think Waub is a bit serious when you see some of his photos but he’s seriously just a great guy. (And he smiles a ton!) He was very enjoyable to listen to and helped us all think a little more about creating emotion in our stories. waubteaching

A bunch of participants even took the opportunity to share what they wrote with the other participants. Each of those readings provides even more learning opportunities for everyone!

Waub, who’s also a CBC video journalist, shared some of the stories he’s done, both on TV and in his new novel Legacy. As he pointed out, emotion is important in any story! That’s Waub, showing us some clips of his news stories that conveyed emotion.


Low light and no flash isn’t always good for photos! See? These ones are a bit blurry. But, you’ll get an idea of the amazing crowd who joined in the two workshop sessions. Practically everyone signed up for BOTH workshops. We’ve got a couple more angles here for you to see.




There was even a woman here from Sudbury and one from Iowa too! And the young fellow in the green hoodie here? He’s FOURTEEN and has already self-published a novel! You go, boy! Maybe one day he’ll be leading a writing workshop too?


Here’s Waubgeshig Rice (that’s his real name–don’t you wish you had a cool name like that?) with John Degen, Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Waub was able to stay for John’s presentation which included a great Q&A with lots and lots of information about making money as a writer in Canada. It was great getting John’s advice, thoughts and knowledge on the whole publishing world including the good things about self-publishing too!


Here’s John doing his presentation. We send thanks to him for the handouts he brought along too. The model book contract is great information for many of the participants.

We neglected to take photos of our lunch (and of course, our amazing home-baked snacks for the morning session!) but we send out a big thanks to our caterer Fred Falls and the UCW (United Church Women) who helped him serve. It was an amazing lunch and so nice to not have to rush out and back between sessions.

These types of events leave everyone feeling truly inspired and ready to write. Thanks again to our presenters, Waub and John. We’ll continue with photos from the evening show in a post tomorrow.

Meanwhile, if you attended this SiN event, why don’t you tell us about your favourite parts in the comment section below?