Encouragement. Study. Practice. Critique. Learn. Praise.
And practice again.
With encouragement and support, I believe everyone has the ability to be creative. And I believe that everyone who approaches their creative work with a willingness to learn their craft and adopt a consistent practice, can improve. I believe this because I’ve seen it happen—in my classes with children, teens, adults and seniors, with brand new artists and the experienced writers I work with every month in my critique group. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and continue to take workshops myself, so that I can continue to grow my knowledge and experiment with new ways of doing things.
I enjoy teaching tremendously: seeing students take their first steps; exploring ideas and mapping out character journeys; establishing methods of critique in a group; discovering the emotional truth in a piece; and providing help to launch stories out to a larger readership. Whether you’re interested in private mentorship, or group classes with interactive exercises and craft lectures, I would be happy to build a program tailored specifically for your individual, or organization’s needs.
- Creative Writing – Fiction (short stories and novels), Creative Non-fiction (memoir and personal essays), children’s writing – picture books and chapter books, blogs, journals, editing
Praise for Courses
“We would like to thank you for partnering with us on the Seniors’ Winter Celebration at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler this past November! We have been flooded with amazing feedback from our guests through phone calls, emails and, of course, Canada Post. Thank you again for being part of the Winter Celebration. You brought joy to many people.”
– Yasmin Haufschild and Denise Willis, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler organizers
“Rebecca – this was great. A good blend of fundamentals and introduction to providing and receiving feedback, exploring how readers differ and how that informs us as writers. I liked the combination of exercises and education of craft, along with the critique. The instruction was great – a superb overview and very positive feedback.”
– Karen Allison, participant in writing course “Writing in the Spark House”
2015 LBP Summer Filmmaking Camp (Ages 11-17)
Date: July 27 – August 31st
In this film & acting class, students will work with some of the region’s most talented instructors including: filmmaker and creative writing teacher – Rebecca Wood Barrett, and a special guest camera operator.
The entire filming process will be covered. Students will create the characters and write the script. They will then learn how to storyboard their film segments and make a shot list. All the major positions of a film set will be explored: director, AD, continuity, lighting, sound and acting.
The teens will have the opportunity to work each position, film the project and learn introductory elements of editing.
The finished project will be part of the Friday afternoon show on August 31st in the Theatre at Millennium Place.
Date: July 27 – August 31st
Time: 9pam to 3pm
April 8 – May 13, 2015
The Craft of Writing: Introductory Writing Techniques
Ever wanted to be a writer? Improve your technique and master the art of storytelling through this six-week writing boot camp, jointly presented by the Whistler Writer’s group and the Whistler Arts Council. This course is designed to help you walk away with tangible skills and a greater understanding of topics such as setting, plot, character development, point of view, dialogue, and editing. Class time will be given for writing exercises and feedback.
Sign up here: http://artswhistler.com/classes/the-craft-of-writing