Martine Leavitt

Join accomplished Young Adult author Martine Leavitt in a full-day masterclass on plot and structure in longer works of fiction.

John Gardner said, “Though action with no meaning beyond its own brute existence can have no lasting appeal, plot is, or must sooner or later become, the focus of every good writer’s plan.” This workshop will offer tips on how to make that plan, how to structure a longer work of fiction and set up that structure in those first ten pages – usually all the time you get with that agent or editor.

Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Place: 218-100 Arthur Street (Burns Family Classroom)
Cost: $100 for Manitoba Writers’ Guild members, $150 for non-members

Submission Deadline: October 17

Eligibility: Writers with some history of publication are eligible to apply.

Please submit: 8-10 pages of creative writing that you would like to work on in the class,and a short CV outlining your publication background to

Cheques should be made out to the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and mailed to 218-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1H3.

This masterclass is limited to 10 participants.

Martine Leavitt has a Honours English degree from the University of Calgary and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College, where she is currently a member of the faculty. She has written seven award-winning novels for young adults, including Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her eighth novel, My Book of Life by Angel, will be out in the fall of 2012. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. She is a mother of seven and a grandmother of eleven – all of whom are critically acclaimed.

Martine Leavitt will also be doing a reading at the University of Winnipeg on November 7, 2011 from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room 3C01.

Every Good Writer’s Plan with Martine Leavitt