Poetry Experiments with Jaime Forsythe

In this one-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of entry points into writing poems in a positive, welcoming space. The focus will be on generating new work and ideas, and participants will write in response to exercises and prompts, which will be provided and may be drawn from: published works read aloud, images, found text, questions, objects, the dictionary, sounds, collaboration and more.

This workshop is open to all levels, and no previous experience writing poetry is required.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Jaime Forsythe’s first collection of poetry, Sympathy Loophole, was published by Mansfield Press in 2012, and her second, I Heard Something, was released in 2018 by Anvil Press' A Feed Dog Book imprint. Her poems have appeared in The Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Public Pool, Minola Review, This Magazine and more. She has twice been a mentor in the WFNS Alastair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and has taught writing workshops in a variety of venues, including elementary schools, at Dalhousie University and Mount Allison university, and to youth and adults in the community.

Location: 
WFNS Head Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS
Price: 
$120.00
Member Price: 
$90.00
Date: 
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Introduction to Spoken Word

The Introduction to Spoken Word workshop will focus on the very basics of spoken word poetry. The participants will learn how they can create their stage presence and will explore ways in which the poet moves the audience, while also taking care of themselves through the process. There will be time and space to both write and perform during this workshop to help each participant build a solid foundation.

(Photo by Dylan Chew)

About the instructor:

Andre Fenton has a passion for storytelling across many different mediums such as creative fiction, poetry, and film. He is the recipient of the Spirit of The Slam Award which he received during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015. Andre has performed and represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada and has been featured on CBC, The Coast, and TELUS stories. Andre is currently a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada and a member of the board of directors for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. He is an author of a collection of poetry called Ode to Teen Angst, and has a forthcoming novel with Formac publishing called Worthy of Love set to be released on October 1st of 2018.

Location: 
WFNS Head Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$60.00
Member Price: 
$30.00
Date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cultivating Your Voice: Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults

This workshop is a practical behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences Jessica Scott Kerrin curates to develop material for her stories. In so doing, she demonstrates how everyone has experiences worth sharing. She shows step-by-step how she hones an observation and turns it into a completed manuscript ready for publication. She also includes video clips, short readings and several writing exercises to help you cultivate your voice, your stories. This workshop is intended to benefit writers who are particularly interested in creating works of fiction for children and young adults.

Participants will need to bring a notebook/paper to participate in the writing exercises.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

The best-selling author of 15 works of fiction (chapter books, middle readers and picture books), Jessica Scott Kerrin has presented at literary conferences across Canada and the United States. She has taught writing workshops for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Association of English Teachers of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers and the International Reading Association. In addition, she has served on juries for many national and Atlantic Canadian writing competitions, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards. She lives in Halifax and favours Atlantic Canadian settings in her work.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$90.00
Member Price: 
$59.00
Date: 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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