Writer holding workshops at Truro library

Published on December 30, 2016

TRURO, N.S. – A man of many writing talents will be conducting workshops at the Truro library on Jan. 27.

Emil Sher will offer ‘Unpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright’s Journey’ from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and ‘Young Man with Camera’ from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

“He’s been here before and he’s fantastic,” said Angela Headon, adult services assistant at the library, who attended a past workshop. “He’s got so much wonderful insight and creativity and when you talk to him you feel he’s really listening to you.”

Sher, based in Toronto, has written for both stage and screen, as well as creating poetry, picture books, a young adult novel, radio drama and a story for a children’s ballet.

During the morning workshop he will talk about how he adapted for stage ‘Hana’s Suitcase,’ a book by Karen Levine about a Jewish Czech girl who died in the Holocaust.

During the afternoon he will talk about writing his young adult novel ‘Young Man with Camera,’ which features photos by David Wyman and tells a story of friendship, photography and bullying.

“Participants will ask themselves about first impressions and stereotypes,” said Headon.

“Even people who aren’t interested in writing could find these workshops interesting. I don’t write but I really enjoy seeing how an author does his work.”

About 40 participants can attend each workshop. For more information, or to register, call the library at 902-895-4183.

For more information on Sher, and his work, visit http://emilsher.com/ .