Selkirk offering university transfer course in Trail

New courses appeal to highschool students looking for early university credits, or mature writers looking to hone their skills.

Ever had the desire to express yourself in writing with more than 144 characters but maybe weren’t sure of your ability?

If that’s the case then you might want to consider signing up for Selkirk College’s first university level Arts and Sciences course to be offered in Trail in years when local author and Selkirk instructor, Almeda Glenn Miller, presents first year university, Creative Writing 100, at Selkirk’s Trail campus in February.

“We see Trail as being a community that would appreciate having these kinds of courses,” said David Feldman, chair of University Arts and Sciences for Selkirk. “The trick is finding out who wants what. This offering is kind of putting out a feeler.”

The first semester course will give participants the opportunity to explore their own writing voice in fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction and will be presented in a workshop format with the other writers in the program and allow them to develop their writing skills.

“We held Creative Writing 100 and 101 in Nelson last year and it was hugely successful,” said Miller. “It’s great to have the opportunity to have it in Trail.”

Writers will also have the chance to become more comfortable with presenting their work, as well as learning how to give feedback to their classmates.

“One of the goals of the course is to help people to learn to read more closely,” said Miller. “They can learn to read like writers, as opposed to reading like readers.”

As part of the program writers will be reading the work of contemporary Canadian poets, B.C., Canadian, and American authors as well as delving into some of the First Nations and South American writers.

“We’ll be studying some of the rule breakers, the change makers,” Miller said. “But, of course, the main focus of the program is to write.”

The course starts Feb. 20, will be held Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. over 16 weeks and is open to writers of all ages.

As this is a university transfer level course it is recommended to have a Grade 12 level of English or permission from the instructor in order to have the best opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the program.

“This course may be of interest to high school students who have completed their studies early and are looking to gain some university level credits before going into college in the fall,” said Miller. “And it could be something that a more mature writer would like to explore to further their skills. It’s nice to have the mix of experience in a course like this because sometimes the older people have more stories to tell.”

Anyone interested in registering for this course can contact Rachel Walker at rwalker@selkirk.ca or (250) 365-1233. For questions about course content or to inquire about permission from the instructor, contact Almeda Glenn Miller at amiller@selkirk.ca or (250) 365-1437.

Just Posted

Starbucks baristas in Trail donate $7,000 in tips

Funds will go toward the breakfast program in five Kootenay Columbia elementary schools

Good fencing makes good neighbours— especially when your neighbours are bears

Workshop in Pass Creek this weekend to promote benefits of proper protection for livestock

Feeling the heat

What you see: If you have a recent photo to share email editor@trailtimes.ca

Air time at Trail Sk8 Park

The Trail Sk8Park is located near the Gyro Park boat launch

B.C. MP’s climate-change alarmism challenged

Letter to the Editor from Thorpe Watson, PhD, Warfield

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Most Read