Spring Workshop Round-up

Our busiest workshop schedule ever continues with workshops we can officially call “spring.” Those highlighted below are still open for registration. Click a workshop title or instructor photo for more details—or to register online.

All spring workshops will be held via Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to attend. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom and would like a preliminary introduction, here’s an overview of the platform.

The Plot Thickens: Crafting a Compelling Romance (with Paula Altenburg)

5-week workshop: Mondays, Apr 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
In this five-week workshop, we’ll explore the romance genre and the tools required to finish a viable story. There will be an introduction to basic writing tools and techniques you’ll need to get started, as well as an overview on the three-act structure. A bibliography of the resources used by the instructor will be included.

Creative Writing for Newcomers (with Vanessa Lent)

Free workshop open to Newcomers to Canada.
6-week workshop: Tuesdays, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Join us for a free creative writing workshop for newcomers to Canada: explore different kinds of creative writing and try out new forms of expression. Creative writing not only builds English writing skills, it also provides a fun and stress-free opportunity to deepen understanding of both self and language. This course offers 6 self-contained mini-workshops on creative forms, including writing exercises and a chance to share and collaborate with other learners. Attending all workshop dates is not required, but participants who attend at least 4 of the 6 lessons will get the most out of the experience. Participants will be sent a schedule of the topics in advance.

Poetic Possibilities (with Shannon Webb-Campbell)

4-week workshop: Thursdays, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
Does poetry help us discover the world or discover ourselves? What does/can poetry do? In a time when so many of us are feeling trapped, insular, and perhaps withdrawn from the world, it’s important to practice poetry to inspire new ways of being, recalibrate and encourage poetic possibilities. Open to emerging and established poets, this workshop will explore experiences, tips, tools and philosophy about poetry through the work of Billy-Ray Belcourt, Lee Maracle, Liz Howard, Kaie Kellough, Dionne Brand, Ben Lerner, Susan Musgrave, and others who delve in the poetic.

Developing Your Writing Practice (with Nolan Natasha)

Free workshop open to Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, and other rainbow writers.
3-week workshop: Mondays, May 10, May 17, May 31 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

This workshop will focus on developing a specific and intentional writing practice. We'll address writer's block, building good writing habits, figuring out what works for you, finding your voice, and other topics. Writing exercises will be included, so come prepared to write! The exercises will focus primarily on poetry and flash fiction but will be useful for writers in any genre. Although geared toward newer writers, this workshop is open to writers at any career stage who are just beginning to develop an intentional writing practice.

NEW: Write Better Sex Poems (with Lucas Crawford)

4-week workshop: Thursdays, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
We'll push the boundaries of what counts as a “sex poem,” look to compelling examples across eras and styles, do writing exercises together, review each other’s at-home assignments, and brainstorm endless synonyms for body parts and fluids. Sex poems can be any or all (or none) of the following: playful, disturbing, sad, funny, political, confusing, complex, touching, messy, risky, controversial, kinky, vanilla, graphic, subtle, challenging, emotional, acerbic, shy, matter-of-fact, brazen, horny, or bored. Writers will be welcome to use a variety of poetic forms and styles, and to approach the topic in ways that resonate with their own interests. No experience is necessary (in poetry or sex).

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