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  • Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $4,145.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,145.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,945.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,520.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,875.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,480.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,085.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,440.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,240.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,040.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,835.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,590.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,590.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,590.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,565.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,880.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,390.00
  • (All prices include CAD $1,265.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on June 11
Ends with lunch on June 16

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $775 CAD

Campus Rates: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include tuition). Click here for details.

Scholarships: Program experiences are enriched by having a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect global plurality. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities.

A limited number of scholarships are available per program with awards ranging from partial to full tuition. We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

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Seriously Funny: The Magic of Humour in Storytelling

With Janelle Hanchett and Lisa Page Rosenberg

June 11 - 16, 2023

Let’s explore the transformative power of humour in storytelling. What makes a character funny? What do we mean by “humour = tragedy + time?” How (and why) do we laugh at the human condition in a way that deepens meaning?

In every genre, nuanced writing uses humour to create three-dimensional characters, explore complex topics, and form dynamic, relatable stories. It seems some experiences can only be touched through laughter—guffaws or a small smile of deep recognition. Perhaps they’re too massive otherwise. Or, we’re just humans: strange, and a bit ridiculous.

Learn how to incorporate this depth into your writing as we celebrate and examine irony, satire, and even nonsense in the formation of characterization, plot, and narrative. Explore timing and rhythm, voice and tone, as well as the ever-elusive writing of dialogue. Learn how to infuse narratives and plot with humour, even when dealing with the most difficult of subjects.

Humour heals, it keeps us reading and living, and every writer can learn how to use their unique sense of humour to brighten the page. And get ready to laugh.


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Janelle Hanchett
Janelle Hanchett is an author, editor, writing teacher, and mother of four. Writing after her kids went to bed, between graduate school classes, and on lunch breaks from her “real” job, Janelle founded her irreverent, unapologetic blog “Renegade Mothering” in 2011. Eventually her website grew to draw hundreds of thousands…
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