Getting More Out of the Fiction You Read

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 2:38pm

This is a class for readers -- those who love literature and seek to enrich the experience of fiction by better understanding how it works. It comprises five sessions of two hours each, and draws on examples from a range of novels, short stories, and novellas. The first session covers the elements of fiction in broad strokes, celebrating the importance, vitality and joy of attentive reading. The second focuses on character, demonstrating how writers evoke characters through the action of the story, and on setting. The third explores myriad opportunities to tell stories from unexpected narrative points of view, making the experience of reading more strange, imaginative and informative. The fourth is on style and structure understanding the architecture of the tale and on The Big Scene. And finally, in the last session, we examine the hallmarks and the pleasures of different genres of popular fiction.

This course includes five sessions:
Thursday, July 2, 2015: 2:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 2015: 2:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, July 16, 2015: 2:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, July 23, 2015: 2:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, July 30, 2015: 2:00-4:00 pm

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100.00 per person. Register online, by phone (204-475-0483), or by person at our Grant Park store.

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Speaker Series: Understanding the Treaties and Treaty Relationship

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 2:38pm

A recent Maclean's magazine article depicted Winnipeg as the most racist city in Canada. In response, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and McNally Robinson, through a Speakers series, have actively countered that assertion and fostered relationship building as a vehicle for understanding and enhanced awareness on the importance of Treaties and the Treaty relationship.

Over the course of the series, various speakers will share their perspectives on the issue of racism in Winnipeg; giving a historical background on the Treaties and what the Treaty relationship is in a modern day context. The goal will be to continue to foster community dialogue  on racism, in a balanced environment. The sessions will also contribute to understandings about the roles and responsibilities of all Manitobans towards ensuring an informed and respectful relationship.

Speakers include Dr. Jean Friesen, Allen Sutherland, Kevin Lamoureux, Ovide Mercredi, Elder Harry Bone, and Aimée Craft.

This speaker series takes place in our Community Classroom, and includes four Monday sessions starting on April 13th. Each session runs from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Pre-registration is required. The cost per registrant is $100.00. You may register in person at our Grant Park store, over the phone (204-475-0483) via credit card, or click here to register yourself online.

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Upcoming class: Manitowapow

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 1:23pm

Starting on April 1st, 2015, is a four-part course "Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water", instructed by Niigaan Sinclair.

Manitowapow is the original name for Manitoba, a word that describes the incredible beauty, hue, and struggle that emerges from the life in this place. Much of this has been documented by Indigenous writers in Manitoba over the many centuries they have worked to encapsulate the spirit and complexity of relationships in this place. In this four week course we will examine Manitoba through the eyes of Indigenous peoples and the many cultures and communities that breathe through writing, experiencing the complex creativity and intellectual work of an ongoing and vibrant community.

Class includes four sessions, taking place as follows:
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pre-registration is required. The cost per participant is $100.00 (plus tax). To sign up, please call the bookstore at 204-475-0483, or visit us in person. You can also sign yourself by
clicking here.

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom


Mindfulness: A Thoughtful Way to Begin the New Year

by Barb King - Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:45pm

In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Community Classroom presents a ten week class on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction starting January 5th. This popular class will be led by Clarence Ens and is based on the medthods of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D., and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are. The MBSR course has been offered for over thirty years at major medical centres around the world. MBSR is designed to introduce Mindfulness practice as a way of reducing stress and enveloping greater balance, control and fuller participation in your life. Participants will need to bring a yoga mat, small blanket and cushion to each class. Registration fee is $423 for nine Mondays and one Saturday. Classes will generally run from  4:00 - 6:30 pm January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9 and a full day of Mindfulness on Saturday February 28th. Pre-registration is required. 

Timezone issues

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:58pm

McNally Robinson is aware that some customers, after registering for a class (or classes), may be experiencing difficulties with the automatic generation of the classroom time into their own iPhone calendar or other device as it relates to timezones. McNally Robinson's information is set correctly, but if you as an individual have your phone or other device set to a different timezone, the class may show up as the incorrect time in your personal calendar.

Please always check the website or classroom handout for exact class start times. We wouldn't want you to show up at the wrong time for your favourite class!

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