Author Amanda Hale to discuss fiction writing at VIU

Hornby Island writer’s presentation to cover novel and short story writing

Photo courtesy Amanda Hale Hornby Island writer Amanda Hale is giving a presentation on novel and short story writing at Vancouver Island University on Oct. 17.

Hornby Island’s Amanda Hale is a playwright and poet who has worked in journalism, screenwriting and is currently completing an opera libretto. But what she enjoys writing most of all are novels and short stories.

Hale’s fourth novel is in the midst of being written, as is her second collection of linked short stories. With those projects fresh in her mind the writer will give a presentation on novel and short story writing at Vancouver Island University on Oct. 17.

“A novel is a big undertaking but then it gives you a lot more freedom. It’s more like a loose weave rather than a tightly woven fabric,” she said.

“A short story is not an easy form. They say that poetry is the most difficult because it’s so condensed and nothing’s spare in it and a short story also is very challenging. But with a novel, even though it’s such a commitment, you do have more freedom with it.”

Hale said she will discuss the importance of inspiration and the “driving passion or curiosity” that prompts a writer begin their work. She said, “That is what will determine the right form for that particular story to make it really authentic and engaging.”

Hale said the biggest challenge she faced as a new fiction writer was finding an agent or publisher. When Hale started writing her first novel in the late ’90s she was fortunate to meet an editor at a writing seminar who believed in her work and helped connect Hale to a publisher. But after her book came out 2001 the company got out of the publishing industry and Hale was back to the beginning. Witnessing the rise of self-publishing on the Internet, Hale said now “it’s all about promotion and having a presence online,” in order to stand out.

Hale said she finds it helpful to listen to writers discuss their craft in a personal way and read from their work.

“I like to inspire people. When I was in university the people I learned from were ones who were an inspiration to me,” she said, adding that her presentation will avoid “the dry, technical lecture approach.”

“I’m not thinking of it as a lecture so much as sharing. Sharing something of my life as a writer and what it’s like for me and why I enjoy writing and the challenges that I face.”

WHAT’S ON… Writer Amanda Hale’s presentation on fiction writing takes place at Building 345, Room 103 at VIU on Oct. 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIU, City of Nanaimo collaborating on geese management

City staff have not discussed cull with council

Canada C3 celebrates Canada 150, raises subject of reconciliation

Research icebreaker, travelling the country’s oceans as part of 150 celebrations, docks in Nanaimo

Kellers Jewellers in Lantzville suffers damage in break-in

Incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 21, says Nanaimo RCMP

Petroleum spill temporarily closes crab fishing dock

Dock closed for public safety after oily sheen forms on water off Maffeo Sutton Park

Mobility scooter stolen during medical emergency

The theft occurred Oct. 9 along Nicol Street

V.I. Raiders win B.C. football championship

Nanaimo’s junior team defeated the Westshore Rebels 21-7 Saturday on a rainy night in Victoria

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Jewelry store smashed up with crowbar, silver and gold stolen

Owner of Kellers Jewellers said the most expensive items were locked away in a safe

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Designs revealed for downtown conference centre hotel

A development permit application for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel has been submitted

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 19

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

VIDEO: Nanaimo school district expands testing for lead in the water

Annual facilities grant money totalling $110,000 allocated for testing, anticipated to begin Nov. 6

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Most Read