Friday, April 22, 2016

Elma & Kelowna-Penticton-Vernon Area writing workshops June 4

I’m scheduled to give two writing workshops in Kelowna on June 4. If you know people who might be interested, could you please pass this information along to them? Thank you.


Two Kelowna-Penticton-Vernon Area Writing Workshops

With Elma (Martens) Schemenauer, author, editor, and publishing consultant


8:30 am-12 pm, Sat June 4, Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive (and Harvey), Kelowna, V1W 3N4. Are you a Christian who writes? Don’t miss these inspiring workshops! Pick up some new skills, polish your craft, and move on with completing your next novel.


WORKSHOP 1: Nonfiction Writers Toolkit - What are the advantages of writing nonfiction, what writing opportunities are available, and how can we communicate faith in secular nonfiction?


WORKSHOP 2: Fictionalizing Real Life - Why and when might we decide to fictionalize real life experiences rather than write them as fact? This workshop will consider reasons and explore ways of transforming real life into fiction.


The event is hosted by the BC chapters of The Word Guild, a national ministry which supports writers and editors who are Christian.


Fee $20 plus HST and up including coffee break. Early bird rate available until May 13. Register today at: .  Special thanks to: The Light Magazine for their support.



Born into a Saskatchewan Mennonite family, Elma (Martens) Schemenauer is the author of 76 published books including Salmon, Breadspeed, Language Connections, What It Means to Be Responsible, and Special Canadian Communities. Her latest, the 1940s Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers, is about love, faith, and family in Vancouver and rural Saskatchewan during the Second World War and after.


Elma has also edited many books including Mice at Centre Ice, The Writing Programme, Pope John Paul II, and To the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Canadian Bible Society. She worked in publishing in Toronto for many years and now lives with her husband on a sagebrush-dotted hillside in Kamloops. Her website is .



Elma (Martens) Schemenauer . CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS: 1940s-era novel about love, Mennonites, faith, & family. Set in Vancouver & rural Saskatchewan. Order from Chapters online or Borealis Press  . More info at  . Book trailer .


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