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Andreas Schroeder lecture reveals writer’s secrets

First draft no-no’s

A lively Andreas Schroeder doled out some novel writing tips during a one hour lecture at the Whistler Hostel on Aug. 17.

"Talking about your first draft is not a good idea – it’s like letting the wind out of your sails of a creative project," said Schroeder, who also emphasized that character believability is key to attracting readership. This could be just one quality or descriptive trait, part of a carrying a metaphor common to strong prose.

"All incidents of dramatic possibility… torque reality. Literature has to find it and create it. The power (of a good story) is in the suggestion," said Schroeder. He added that effective storytelling lets the reader imagine their own possibilities, without "over-describing."

Other tips to the aspiring writers included: get to the heart of the story matter right away; don’t fret if you know nothing about what story you’ll write when you sit down with the pen; and, in a pseudo-religious beckoning, look for the guts of the story and you shall find.

The lecture was part of a weekend workshop presented by the Whistler Writer’s Group.

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WDC win right to open Snow Jam

Whistler’s Whole Damn County, or WDC, take centre stage Aug. 24 at the Molson Canadian Snow Jam in Vancouver, after being named co-winners in the online Battle of the Bands.

The Snow Jam event kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday with Superjaded – co-winners of the Battle of the Bands – opening. WDC will open Saturday’s show at noon. Snow Jam also includes bands like Swollen Members, 54-40 and Pennywise.

"We’re excited to play," says Pete Couillard, one fourth of the band.

After winning the CFOX Seeds contest this past year WDC was automatically entered in this year’s Battle of the Bands, where five up and coming Vancouver bands were showcased online for two weeks in July at Web site www.iam.ca . Listeners plugged in 1,400 votes, with WDC and Superjaded tying for top spot.

Vice-president, marketing of Molson Joey Bergstein says: "We’re excited to offer both these bands the chance to thrill the fans at Molson Canadian Snow Jam."

WDC, half based in Whistler and half in Vancouver, continues to break new ground.

"There’s tons of great stuff going on, and something new comes up every week," says Pete.

With representation from Feldman and Associates, WDC is poised for the big time. A new distribution deal is being confirmed and MuchMusic recently organized the band’s first video, for Another Saturday Night, shot on location in Delta at a former warehouse. Pete says he was pleased with the way the video turned out, and the band heads to Toronto next to discuss its airplay.

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