Split, Float, Scatter, Trace: poetry workshop (with Anne Simpson)

Feb 24 – March 17, 7 – 9pm >>

We will consider one of four words – split, float, scatter, and trace – in each of the workshop sessions to understand how content and form come together in the making of a poem. We will look at the work of other poets, but we will concentrate first and foremost on the playful writing and shaping of new work. Many years ago, I took art classes with a Syrian artist who gave us a word to think about each week—words like “ancient” and “earth” and “celebration” became fascinating as we made art based on our ideas about these words. 


Anne Simpson’s third novel, Speechless, came out in 2020, as did her book of essays, Experiments in Distant Influence. She has published five books of poetry, most recently, Strange Attractor, and a previous book of essays, The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness. Her work of mentoring other writers has taken her to libraries and universities across the country. She lives on an estuary in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, sharing space with ravens, herons, and bald eagles.

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

Dates of 4-week workshop: Wednesdays, Feb. 24 + Mar. 3 + Mar. 10 + Mar. 17 (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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