Extreme Constraints (with Andy Verboom)

April 6 – 27, 7 – 9pm >>

Giving up authorial control and making the process of writing more difficult (even painful) can open new horizons of creativity. Take a tour of writerly self-torture devices, from the formal (rhyme & pattern) to the conceptual (restriction & found text) to those in the weird between (misheard lyrics & algorithmic poetry). This workshop combines easy-to-understand poetic theory, extremely difficult writing exercises, and reflections on the pain of writing (artistic ethics, writing beyond the ego, etc.). You’ll leave with new tools & techniques for creativity, with tactics for combatting writer’s block, and with a new appreciation for the phrase “can’t punch your way out of a paper bag.” New and experienced poets welcome.


Andy Verboom is from subrural Nova Scotia and lives in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest & Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2‘s Young Buck Prize & Arc‘s Poem of the Year, and appeared in CAROUSEL, Prism, The Puritan, Vallum, & elsewhere. He is author of six poetry chapbooks, co-founder of long con magazine, and publisher of Collusion Books. (He’s also your faithful Communications Officer at the WFNS.)

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

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, April 6 + April 13 + April 20 + April 27 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

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

Member Price: $149

Registration for this workshop is closed.

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