Booming Ground online writing courses & mentorships

Here is some upcoming course info sent to us from Booming Ground:

Booming Ground, Western Canada’s preeminent online writing studio Spring 2008 Courses & Mentorships

Booming Ground, Western Canada’s preeminent online writing studio offers innovative, professional creative writing mentorships in a variety of genres for writers of all levels. The non-credit satellite program of
the prestigious UBC Creative Writing program, is proud to announce the launch of three new craft-based online courses this spring:

Falling for Form
Instructor: Jennica Harper

Develop new ways of seeing and writing poetry by exploring a variety of poetic forms. The course will be delivered online over 6 sessions carried out via lectures and exercises; students will also write one
formal poem each session and receive feedback from the instructor. Falling for Form is ideal for early career poets, intermediate poets who haven’t yet worked in forms, or any poet looking for a fresh approach to their work.

Writing from Life

Instructor: Merilyn Simonds

Turn your personal experiences into compelling narrative nonfiction. With a focus on travel writing and memoir, Merilyn will spend this 4-session course working with writers on their non-fiction manuscripts,
addressing issues of voice, narrative arc, character development (including dialogue), and the ethics involved in writing from life.

From Desk to Book
Instructor: Merilyn Simonds

This course is for writers who have a finished manuscript, or a well-developed book idea, who need guidance preparing a book proposal for submission to publishers or agents. In 4sessions, Merilyn will workshop the components of a successful proposal: the covering letter, synopsis and chapter outline, author biography and marketing strategy sheet and short writing sample. The course will include discussions on how to select the right publisher or agent for the work.

Full course details and instructor bios are available on our website:

May 2008 Mentorships*

Pearl Luke – Fiction (all levels)

Anita Rau Badami – Fiction (intermediate/advanced)

Robert Hilles – Poetry & Fiction

Gayle Friesen – Writing for Young Adults

Evelyn Lau – Poetry & Creative non-fiction

*some mentorships may already be full, please email us to check

Mentorships are available for 4, 6 or 8 months sessions with flexible
start and end dates.

Please visit our new website at: for more information about faculty and the application process. Each faculty member has very limited space, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Attention Presidents and Executive Directors: Organization & Association
Special Rate

From time to time, we offer specific organizations and associations a promotional discount on courses and mentorships that they can then pass on to their members. If you would be interested in adding to the perks
of you membership package by securing special members-only rates, please contact us for more details.

Manuscript Evaluation
For those who aren’t ready for the full commitment of a mentorship, but would like feedback on something they’ve written, we continue to offer our very popular Manuscript Evaluation service:

Receive a constructive written report from one of our instructors evaluating your manuscript and providing concrete suggestions for revisions and corrections. Take this advice and use it for rewrites, or use this as an opportunity to evaluate an instructor for a future mentorship.

Special offer
: each evaluation also includes a one-year subscription to UBC Creative Writing’s renowned literary magazine, PRISM international.

Fees vary by manuscript length. See our website for details: Apply any time; applications are accepted on a continuing basis.

Booming Ground on Facebook

For those of you who are part of the Facebook community, be sure to join our newly formed Booming Ground Group:

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