Landscape as Muse: A Poetry Workshop (virtual) with Margo Wheaton

In this 3-session workshop, participants will be invited to explore and deepen their own artistic relationship to a landscape that inspires and impassions them. Through a blend of targeted group discussions, short required readings, and focused writing exercises—including plein air exercises outdoors—participants will discover the richness and particularities of writing about a landscape as a living, breathing, and changing entity.
     Each workshop will also feature a 30-minute Q&A session with an invited guest writer who will share specific writing strategies based on their practice of landscape-based writing.
     As an integral part of learning how to engage with a particular landscape artistically and consciously, an ecological lens will be employed throughout.

About the instructor: Margo Wheaton lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax and holds a Master’s degree In English and a Certificate in Adult Education, both from Dalhousie University. Her debut poetry collection, The Unlit Path Behind the House, won the Canadian Authors’ Association’s Fred Kerner Award for best book of the year and was shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Award, The Gerald Lampert Award, the Fred Cogswell Award, and the Relit Award. She recently published Wild Green Light with author David Adams Richards. Rags of Night in Our Mouths, her next poetry collection, is forthcoming in spring of 2022 from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Recommended experience level: Writers at all levels and stages are warmly invited to attend

Location: Zoom

Dates of 3-week workshop: Saturdays, Apr 23 + Apr 3 + May 7, 2022 (10:00am to 12:00pm Atlantic)

Price: At this time, registration for this workshop is restricted to current WFNS members. However, membership is open to all who write or have an interest in writing. (Find out how to join or renew.)

Member Price: $149

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