World of Words annual writing workshop with Mark Leiren-Young

Session from multi-talented writer will offer insight into sharing intimate moments

Mark Leiren-Young

By Rebecca Schramrvschram@shaw.ca

From memoirs to monologues to blogs, writers today have moved from sharing their most intimate moments with their ‘Dear Diary’ to revealing all to audiences.

If you want to write about your life, what’s the best medium for sharing our stories?

How do you choose which stories to tell?

Where do you draw the line between sharing and oversharing?

A workshop entitled World of Words with with Mark Leiren-Young will offer techniques and exercises to help writers share and remember the stories of their lives at the Agassiz Public Library on Saturday.

Mark Leiren-Young is the author of two comic memoirs, Free Magic Secrets Revealed and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen—A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo, which won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Both books are being adapted for film.

He has also written two books of non-fiction, The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut and This Crazy Time (written with and about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman).

Leiren-Young has also directed and produced an award-winning feature film, The Green Chain.

He has written for and performed on television and the stage, and Leiren-Young’s plays have been produced throughout North America and also staged in Europe and Australia.

As a journalist Mark Leiren-Young has written for TIME, Maclean’s, The Hollywood Reporter, The Walrus and most of Canada’s daily newspapers.

He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities ranging from William Shatner to Salman Rushdie.

The arts council and library are extremely excited to bring Leiren-Young to Agassiz to share his wisdom, experience, and wonderfully humourous approach with participants.

The workshop will be free, and registration is recommended. Please call the Agassiz Public Library at (604) 796-9510 for more information and to reserve your spot at the workshop.