Creative Writing for Newcomers (virtual) with Vanessa Lent

Nov 3 – Dec 1, 7 – 9pm >>

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition” — James Baldwin

This five-week workshop will begin with a guided exploration of what it means to write about the many meanings of “home” — writing towards a new home, writing through longing to a past home, or writing to an imagined home. Participants will then spend the next four weeks learning about writing techniques while working on a single project. There will be weekly instructor feedback and opportunities to workshop parts of their projects with other participants. The workshop aims to equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to continue their writing journeys with confidence.

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. Attending all workshop dates is not required, but participants who attend at least 4 of the 5 lessons will get the most out of the experience. Participants will be sent a schedule of workshop topics in advance.

About the instructor: Vanessa Lent is a language instructor and writer living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has been a teacher and curriculum developer for Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) since 2015. She has published poetry in The Dalhousie Review, PRISM International, Public Poetics (WLU Press, 2015), Acta Victoriana, and Room and recently collaborated on a graphic novel excerpt for the collection Nova Graphica (Conundrum Press, 2020). Vanessa was awarded entrance to the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s 2018 Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and her poem “To Fisherman’s Cove” appeared in the 2020 Poetry in Motion project.

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 5-week workshop: Wednesdays, Nov 3 + Nov 10 + Nov 17 + Nov 24 + Dec 1 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Registration deposit: $10 ($5 for WFNS members)

This free workshop is open to Newcomers to Canada, including new and past immigrants, new residents, and international students and is designed for writers who are learning EAL (English as an additional language). You do not need to share your residency status in order to participate.

The registration deposit will be refunded after the first workshop session takes place. You can register without paying a deposit by emailing Andy at

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