TOpoet walked down to Harbord from Bloor with a Starbucks coffee heading for the Czerndea workshop. It was downstairs at Bakka bookstore. The first thing he looked for was the bathroom.
G’arth teleported from the command module to the debriefing. The first thing he looked for was the microgenetic plastic explosive.
To’oet teleported from Bloor with a Starbucks coffee to the Czerndea workshop. The first thing his sensors looked for was the microgenetic plastic explosive that had been implanted in one of the participants.
The above are examples of settings that lead to world building, story & suspense. Lessons learned in the Julie Czerndea workshop. Names, locations, methods of transport – all factors in creating & sustaining a story that builds a realistic world for the reader.
The workshop was tightly & effectively organized. It was a reasonable sized group, equally spit male & female (unlike amy workshops I go to where men are in the minority.) Julie gave us productive exercises to help develop our own particular world. Easy, understandable & unhurried ways to take a simple action and expand it into elements that tell a story.
Though I don’t write fantasy, scifi – the locations I chose tend to be real Earth bound but still need to be made real to the reader. For Coal Dusters I created a coal mining town in Cape Breton, as opposed to using a real location.
The workshop was too short, which is a good complaint. Not that I go to socialize but I would have liked to have learned a bit more about the other participants – like the genres they worked in – I don’t even know if any of them are from Toronto. But that didn’t keep me from giving them each a copy of my Go Bump chap book. A great workshop at an excellent price in a convenient location with an articulate focused leader & a group of writers who were equally focused on the writing – who could ask for more.
May 26 – attending – King John – 2 pm – Stratford
June 6-8 – attending – Bloody Words
June 23-27 – attending – Manuscript to Book – Loyalist Summer Arts – Belleville, Ont https://www.facebook.com/events/589522924455695/
August 28-31 – attending – FanExpo Canada http://www.fanexpocanada.com
a man weeps on the subway
well-dressed mid-twenties needs a shave
turns his face from us
with no corner to hide his tears
rubs a cell phone in his left hand
squeezing it as something to hold on to
glances at the screen
bumps his head on the window
harder and harder
should someone stop him
he stops lurches up
gets off at the next station
stares immobile as the train pulls out
was that even his stop
was he ashamed of strangers seeing his sorrow
our eyes wanting more
was our pity curiosity inaction
too hard to bare
on top of what he wept about
his cell phone still where he sat
I pick it up look around
no one acknowledges what I have done
what should I do with it
phone the numbers that might be on it
track him down
did he abandon it leave his sorrow behind
I get off at my stop
take the cell with me
open it in the privacy of my home
I press the right buttons
nothing lights up dead
my recharger doesn’t fit
I’m at a loss about what to do
suddenly it lights up rings
all I hear is
painful gut-wrenching sobs