New this Fall: Exploring Story with Robert Hough

This fall, Centennial College is excited to welcome Canadian author Robert Hough to its team at the Story Arts Centre for a new 10-week workshop called Exploring Story. Robert is author of several books including Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and long-listed for the Giller Prize.

Robert talks about his new course, which begins October 5th at the Story Arts Centre located at 951 Carlaw Ave.:

Since the days in which hominoids sat around fires, entertaining each other with grunted tales of that day’s impala hunt, stories have been the basis for almost all forms of entertainment. In Exploring Story, my new workshop at the Centennial College Story Arts Centre, students will decipher the mysteries of 'storyness'.

Each class will be two hours long, and for the first hour (or so) we’ll look at some aspect of storytelling, such as character, plot, tone, or research. For the second hour, we’ll discuss a work-in-progress submitted by a member of the class. That submission can be anything with a narrative, be it novel, short story, play, memoir, monologue, script, novella, blog post or magazine article – they’re all fair game, as they all live or die on their ability to function as a story. (I once had a student who submitted a libretto for a musical she’d written.)

I’ve published six novels, including The Final Confession of Mabel Stark and, most recently, The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan. While I do subscribe to the oft-held notion that storytelling can’t be taught, I fervently believe it can nonetheless be learned, if only because every writer who has ever scribbled a story in the sand has managed to do so. The class members of Exploring Story – myself included – will embark on this process in a fun, supportive environment, working together to transform early drafts into actual, working stories.

Exploring Story runs Wednesdays beginning October 5, 2016, from 7 – 9 p.m. Enrolment is open to anyone with a complete or partial draft of a novel, short story, memoir, play, film script, graphic novel or a work of narrative non-fiction.

For more information, visit the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design's Part-Time Programs listings.