The Writing Craft: Andrew Pyper – Getting Started: The Six Ingredients You Need Before Writing Your Novel

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Archived

Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street

Most of us assume writing a novel requires us to come up
with an idea and just dive in—that the hard part is putting all the
words down. According to award-winning, bestselling novelist
Andrew Pyper, this assumption is wrong. The best way to increase
your odds of success in novel-writing is to spend sufficient time
working on the book before you start writing it. Pyper calls this
part of the process “pre-writing,” and it is the most crucial stage
of creation, one where nothing, strictly speaking, is “written” at all.

In this workshop Pyper will illustrate six steps to take prior
to embarking on your manuscript. His organizational and
narrative tools will show you the way through, from engaging
hook to compelling conclusion. Along the way, you’ll do a couple
quick “on-the-spot” exercises to demonstrate how effective prewriting
can be.

Bring a pen, paper, and if you have one, the “idea for a novel”
you’ve got in mind.

Registration: $25, $20 with THIN AIR Club Card; includes coffee
and a light snack. Pre-registration is available until September 26
either online at or
by phone at (204) 927-7323, but in-person registration at the door
is welcome too. The seminar is directed toward people with a
strong interest in writing, but no publishing experience is required.
Information: or (204) 927-7323.



Millennium Library

  • 251 Donald Street
  • Winnipeg, MB