About the masterclass

Great stories begin with a promise: to the reader and yourself. A great writer delivers on that agreement through narrative tension, taut language, purposeful dialogue, select details of setting and character, and, above all, a satisfying completion of the story. In this two-part online masterclass in fiction writing, we’ll dive deep into how to create publishable fiction as well as how to fulfill the promise to yourself: to be a good writer. We’ll explore what to write and how to get started, as well as how to keep going and finish despite the obstacles life and the creative process will throw at you. In the week between classes, you’ll finish your short story or book chapter, and then, in the second class, we’ll discuss ways to increase narrative tension, which is the life’s blood of great fiction, and to bolster your prose style. The goal is to establish what you offer as a writer and determine how to fulfill the pact with yourself and the reader.


Presented in collaboration with the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick.


Places are limited and priority will be given to members of the WFNB and residents of New Brunswick. For authors who do not live in New Brunswick and are not a member of the WFNB, we ask that you send an email the Frye Festival team (info [ at ], who will place you on a waiting list.


Regular: $25

WFNB members: $15


The masterclass will be held online and divided in two sessions of 2.5 hours each. A Zoom link will be sent to participants, in a confirmation email, following registration.

Saturday, January 30, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

via Zoom

About the facilitator

Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based Newfoundland writer whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the Dublin Literary Award and The Sunburst Award while his short fiction collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the NL Book Award. The co-founder of Go and Write! international writing retreats, Gerard is also a university lecturer with a Ph.D. in American Gothic literature. He has offered workshops at Lily Dale, NY, been a guest reader at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts in the UK, and hosts writing retreats all over the world. Gerard’s new novel, The Hush Sisters, released in Fall 2020.​

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