Core Sample


Core Sample: a workshop with Martha Baillie

Workshop: Core Sample workshop with Martha Baillie

Date:      March 24th – 26th, 2017


  • $234.00 (Earlybird Writing Diploma Student discount price before Feb 15th);
  • $260.00 (Earlybird price up to Feb 15th);
  • $325.00 (Regular price after Feb 15th)

Space is limited: register today.
*GST Included In pricing of the workshops*
This workshop will have a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 participants.

 Accommodations: Rooms in our serene guest wing are available at a rate of $45.00/night.

Please book accommodations before March 1st for
Martha Baillie’s workshop and as soon as possible as spaces fill quickly.

Meals are available for an additional cost. Breakfast $11.55 | Lunch: $17.85 | ​Dinner: $17.85

Refunds are available prior to the earlybird deadlines, but are subject to a $40 administration fee.

*GST Included In pricing of the workshops* 


Martha Baillie’s most recent novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, was an Oprah editors’ pick, and was included in “The Globe 100: the best books of 2014.” Her previous novel, The Incident Report, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller prize and was a “Globe 100: the best books of 2009.” She is the author of five novels, her creative-nonfiction has been published in Brick magazine, and she has written about visual art for the AGO and the Koffler Gallery. Her multimedia installation, The Schlögel Archive, a part of Erratics, was selected as a “Must See” by Now magazine during the Contact photography festival, and given a rave review in The Star. Her work has been translated into German, Hungarian, and French, and been published in the US (Tin House Books). Martha has appeared at festivals across Canada, at Adelaide Writers’ Week, in Australia, and at Arctic Encounters, in Roskilde, Denmark. Martha lives and works in Toronto. 

Event Details:

Martha Baillie's three-day writers’ workshop, Core Sample, will explore possible approaches to writing a novel. Character development, narrative structure, voice, and sentence-craft will be examined. Mornings will be devoted to discussion of excerpts provided by Martha, the completing of assigned exercises by participants, and talk about such subjects as cultural appropriation, sources of inspiration, originality, editing, stamina, ethics, and the marketplace. Martha may use the work of contemporary visual artists to stimulate discussion of structure, fixity, shape, tension, and perspective in novel writing. Participants will be asked to bring an object of emotional significance, and two samples of writing they admire (one humorous, one not). After lunch, each day, Martha will meet with participants on an individual basis, to discuss the manuscript they have underway or hope to soon begin.

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