Workshops

Write Better Sex Poems (with Lucas Crawford)

June 3 – 24, 7 – 9pm >>

Write Better Sex Poems will help you write better sex poems! We will 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).

Warning: writing better sex poems may or may not lead to having better sex.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Lucas Crawford is the author of three books of poetry. Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing, 2015), his first book, was awarded the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Belated Bris of the Brainsick (Nightwood Editions, 2019), his third book, addresses queer mental health by way of poems about ancestry, food, gender, struggle, and connection. It was awarded the 2020 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award. Lucas guest-edited Matrix magazine’s “Trans Lit” in 2016, during which time he was also the Critic-in-Residence for CWILA.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 4-week workshop: Thursdays, June 3 + June 10 + June 17 + June 24 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Price: $214 (incl. 1-year WFNS membership for 2021)

Member Price: $149

Please note that the “Write Better Sex Poems” workshop will, necessarily, include frank discussions of sexuality and sexualities. As with all WFNS events, we strive to ensure an inclusive workshop space where all feel welcome. To this end, participants will be asked not to use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language; participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Developing Your Writing Practice (with Nolan Natasha)

May 10 – May 31, 7 – 9pm >>

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.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Nolan Natasha is a queer and trans writer, performer, and filmmaker. Of Faroese and English ancestry, Nolan is a settler living on unceded Mi’kmaq territory in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, Canada. He has been a finalist for the CBC poetry prize, the Ralph Gustafson Poetry prize, the Geist postcard contest, and was the runner-up for the Thomas Morton fiction prize. Nolan’s debut poetry collection, I Can Hear You, Can You Hear Me?, was released in the fall of 2019 with Invisible Publishing. He is currently working on a collection of short stories and a series of video poems.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 3-week workshop: Mondays, May 10 + May 17 + May 31 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
Please note: there is no workshop on May 24. During this week, the instructor will instead provide each participant with feedback on a short piece of writing.

Registration for this workshop is open to Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, and other rainbow participants. The workshop is free. If you register online, we request a $10 deposit ($5 for members) upon your registration. This deposit will be refunded immediately after the first workshop date.

Sorry: this workshop is full! To join the waitlist, please contact communications@writers.ns.ca

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