Wish You Were Here

Evoking Place in Your Writing

Masterclass with Ayelet Tsabari

June 25, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Community Peace Centre, Moncton


Emerging and established writers are invited to join award-winning writer Ayelet Tsabari in a masterclass exploring writing about places!

Evoking a profound sense of “being there” in writing is one of the most important elements of prose, and a way of immersing the reader in our narrative. Participants will discuss how to create mood and evoke emotion through the description of place, and will think of place as a potential character in their work. Drawing from examples by successful practitioners of the craft, and following guided exercises, participants will learn to use setting as the basis for creating dramatic and engaging stories.

Offered in partnership with the Writers Federation of New Brunswick and MAGMA.

About the author

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. She is the author of the memoir in essays The Art of Leaving, winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for memoir, finalist for the Writer’s Trust Hilary Weston Prize and The Vine Awards, and an Apple Books and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2019.


Her first book, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was long listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, and has been published internationally. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, The Forward, and The National Post, has won a National Magazine Award and was shortlisted to CBC Short Story Prize.


She has taught creative writing at the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction, The University of Guelph’s MFA in Creative Writing, and at Shaindy Rudoff’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University.


Photo: Jonathan Bloom