Imagine It: Creative Writing Workshop: Outlining for People Who Would Rather Just Write with Amber Cowie

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Event
Events - Zoom

Event Details

Registration required via Zoom.  An email address is required to attend this closed session, Zoom event.

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There are two types of people who write novels. Some people want their words to unfurl before them, unchecked and unregulated, letting the story lead them through its problems by the seat of their pants. After going through a rigorous development edit, it was pointed out to Amber that her main character had been pregnant for seventeen months and several of her minor characters had changed names, eye color and age throughout the novel, she realized that she needed to become an outliner. This workshop is designed to work through the fundamentals of a novel outline, timeline and synopsis using Microsoft Office and Scrivener.

Three things participants will learn: 

  • Principles of outlining in terms of story development, marketing and promotion
  • How using the “I’ll just change that later” approach can come back to haunt you
  • How to develop a system to use for your own work



Amber Cowie is a novelist and freelance writer living in a small town on the west coast of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Crime Reads and Knitty, among other publications. Her first novel, Rapid Falls, was a runner up in the Whistler Book Awards and hit number one on the Kindle Bestsellers list as well as the top 100 books in the Kindle Store. She has appeared at Left Coast Crime, the Pacific Northwest Writers Festival, and the Whistler Writers Festival. She is a member of several writing groups and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria. She is a mother of two, wife of one, and reader of many. She likes skiing, running and making up stories that make her internet search history unnerving. Raven Lane is her second novel.

*These Imagine It creative writing workshops are supported by the City of Kitchener.  Space is limited and is intended for residents of Waterloo region only.*

Event Type(s): Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Age Group(s): Adults