First Words: Poetry (with Andy Verboom, Lucas Crawford, and Shannon Webb-Campbell)

Apr 1 – May 27, 7 – 9pm >>

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Poetry provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.


Andy Verboom is from subrural Nova Scotia and lives in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). He is the publisher of Insomniac Press and Collusion Books, the co-founder of long con magazine, and the author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently DBL (knife fork book, 2020). His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize and appeared in several Canadian literary magazines. Andy is also the Communications Officer at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

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.

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a Mi’kmaq-settler poet, writer, and critic. Her books include Still No Word (Breakwater 2015), the recipient of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award; I Am A Body of Land (Book*hug 2019); and the forthcoming collection, Lunar Tides (Book*hug 2021). Shannon holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia and a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick and the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine.

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

Dates of 9-week workshop:
with Andy Verboom: Thursdays, Apr. 1 + Apr. 8 + Apr. 15 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
with Lucas Crawford: Thursdays, Apr. 22 + Apr. 29 + May 6 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
with Shannon Webb-Campbell: Thursdays, May 13 + May 20 + May 27 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Price: $279 (incl. 1-year WFNS membership for 2021)

Member Price: $215

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