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Launch Your Writing Project Now!

Creative Writing for Fiction, Family History and Memoir

Have you got a story idea that needs fleshing out? Would you like some impetus and structure to get your project underway? The McLoughlin Gardens Society invites you to join author Jeanette Taylor and storyteller Margo McLoughlin for an in-person, bi-weekly series beginning Saturday, October 7 in Comox.

Taylor and McLoughlin will help writers with a new story idea, whether it’s short fiction, writing for children or a novel, devise a plan and get started. We’ll engage in discussions and exercises designed to inspire and motivate those new to creative writing, with its emphasis on specific details, dialogue and quotes, and scenes.

Lifelike characters who face difficulties are at the core of successful narratives. When a character steps onto the stage, something must happen to engage readers’ curiosity and empathy. We’ll delve into the difference between scenes and narrative summary; and test ways to inject personality and life into your writing.

The goal of this series is to get your project launched as you hone and revise passages within a supportive group of peers.

Creative Writing Workshop: Saturdays 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Dates: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2

Location: The Lions Den, Comox, BC.

Fee: $295

Participants must submit a 200 to 300-word premise for their story as part of the registration process (using guidelines provided). This workshop suits those who enjoy writing and are curious about developing new skills applicable to fiction and creative nonfiction.

Meet the Workshop Facilitators:

Jeanette Taylor has five nonfiction books in print and a biography and a historical novel underway. Jeanette has been teaching writing workshops for over a decade and she provides overview manuscript reviews. She delights in seeing participants gain confidence and enthusiasm.

Margo McLoughlin is a writer, storyteller, and teacher based in Cumberland. She’s a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults; and has published articles and translations. Margo is currently completing a chapter book for children.

Call Jeanette at 250-285-3651 for more details or Margo at

Register through the McLoughlin Gardens Society: