Writing Lives: The Art of Biography
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We're fascinated with people whose lives are different—seemingly more exotic, more dramatic, more extraordinary—than our own. Yet, each of these lives belongs to someone else, to another era, to another context, and the idea of telling their story can be as daunting as it is enticing. In this workshop, Carol Bishop-Gwyn, author of Art and Rivalry: The Marriage of Mary and Christopher Pratt, will explore what it takes to bring someone else’s story to life. Talking about how to craft an objective and thorough account of a complicated life while remaining engaging and readable, Carol Bishop-Gwyn will go over several aspects of writing biography, including choosing an appropriate subject, distilling vast amounts of information, dealing delicately with sensational details, and creating a narrative arc. She’ll also touch upon the more technical aspects of the form such as research, reliable sources, citations, etc.
This workshop is presented in partnership with the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB). It will be followed by an in-conversation event on Bishop-Gwyn’s recently published book, Art & Rivalry: The Marriage of Mary and Christopher Pratt.
Carol Bishop-Gwyn is a former arts producer at CBC Radio and journalist, published in The Beaver, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Maclean's and The Globe and Mail. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from York University and Master of Philosophy from the University of Surrey. Summering in Newfoundland for over a decade, she developed a deep knowledge of the province's visual arts scene, along with an excellent general knowledge of Canadian visual arts. She is a board member of the Winterset in the Summer Literary Festival, and as program chair has invited writers, musicians and visual artists to participate. Her first biography, The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and named a Globe 100 best book of the year.
- Regular / Régulier$25$250$0
- WFNB Members$15$150$0
- Students (Ages 16 to 19)$0$00$0