Course Description

Creative writing is an indispensable skill in today’s communication-rich world which utilizes storytelling in many ways, whether to delve into imaginary worlds, tell a personal success story, or write a family history. In this course, learners explore the elements of storytelling through instruction and discussion, practice various approaches with writing exercises, overcome writing hesitancy, and develop critiquing abilities. Each session includes instruction and discussion on an aspect of creative writing, writing time, and story workshopping. Early in the course, students choose one of three approaches: fiction, non-fiction, or auto-fiction. Learners submit pieces of writing and receive feedback from the instructor.

Please note this course takes place at the Okotoks campus. 

Additional Information 

You should bring your own laptop or other writing supplies to class. A laptop is not required, but the final project must be submitted in the standard manuscript format.

Hours: 20
Instructor: Dorothy Bentley (

Dorothy Bentley is published in articles, interviews, columns, cartoons, blogs, short stories, poetry, novel, picture book, and anthologies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and has taught writing previously in several venues, including with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (where she is the VP on the Board of Directors), and with the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Recently, she won the WBPL’s Excuses Excuses contest, the RMWB Words in Motion poetry contest, and she was short-listed for an Excellence in the Arts Award, Literary Arts category, by Arts Council Wood Buffalo (2022). Additionally, she is a member of Okotoks Arts Council, CANSCAIP, and the Foothills Writers Group where she is the Education Coordinator. Dorothy is represented by The Rights Factory.

Registration usually closes 24 – 48 hours before the course starts, or sooner if the course is full.  Register early to secure your seat.

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