Writing Workshops

Kathryn Aalto has taught writing, research paper writing and literature in higher education settings for more than 20 years including the Lawrence Hall of Science, Western Washington University, Everett Community College and the Exeter College.

Creative Nonfiction. Narrative nonfiction is the fastest-growing area in publishing today, joining excellent research with compelling, character-driven storytelling that reads like a novel. True stories told well, it is fact-based story-telling that makes people want to keep reading, and is achieved through creating a narrative persona, setting scenes, and presenting a strong sense of place to the purpose of journalism. Join best-selling author Kathryn Aalto to apply key storytelling techniques that hook the reader’s imagination to make nonfiction come alive. Kathryn will provide a fascinating overview of the genre, insightful exercises to help find your own voice and ways to revise your current writing projects. You will leave the course with ample inspiration to develop a new or existing idea in a style that is distinctively your own. Full, half-day, or week-long creative nonfiction seminars available.

Writing Winning Nonfiction Book Proposals. Join Kathryn as she discusses approaches for crafting a winning nonfiction book proposal. Along with explaining what acquisition editors want, topics also include developing a well-honed hook, how to do comprehensive market analysis, and how to present yourself as an author, amongst other topics. A lively and informative lecture, the session will also provide students with an understanding of what approaches Kathryn uses to craft winning proposals. Her proposal to Timber Press, the world’s most prestigious gardening, horticultural and natural history press, developed into the lead title in Autumn 2015 and led to glowing editorial reviews, features in Top 25 American magazines, invitations to literary festivals and a book launch at The New York Public Library. Half-day or short-course.

Your Place in the World/The American Literature of Nature and Place. One of the most distinctive genres in American literature, nature writing is also one of its oldest traditions yet receiving great critical attention. Join Kathryn as she introduces you to the best American nature writing and ways it differs from British nature writing. She discusses the diverse voices and concerns of nature writers citing Thoreau, Burroughs, Muir, Leopold, Carson, Eiseley, Bass, Beston and others. A practical aspect of the seminar can be added for those who want to begin the art and practice of writing about nature called “Your Place in the World.” Full of half-day seminar.

Social Media and Your Professional Writing Life. Imagine receiving pithy postcards from your favourite writer. That’s Twitter! Imagine writing about your passion once a week, posting it and receiving replies to it from around the world. That’s a blog! Social media has been around since at least the times when speeches of Roman emperors were transcribed onto clay tablets and posted at crossroads. Today it comes in different forms with far greater reach requiring judicious understanding and reflection. Whether Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest or blogging, Kathryn discusses best social media practices. Half-day or short-course.