Writing with Style
With Shashi Bhat.
As fiction writers, we aim to bring stories to life with language, while making them sound good, too. But how does a writer decide which details to include? What tools are available to give a story texture, specificity, and musicality without weighing down the narrative?
In this session, Shashi Bhat, author of The Most Precious Substance on Earth, will discuss some of her favourite techniques and strategies for writing with intention and style. Participants will leave with some exercises to try on their own.
Shashi Bhat is the author of The Most Precious Substance on Earth (McClelland & Stewart, Canada, Fall 2021; Grand Central Publishing, US, Spring 2022) and a short story collection also forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Shashi’s fiction has appeared in publications including The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Best Canadian Stories 2018 & 2019, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, and others. She was the winner of the 2018 Journey Prize and was a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. Shashi is editor of EVENT and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.