How, as writers, can we break the surface of the everyday and go deep? Over the eight sessions of the workshop, we will take some time to dwell in the places our writers’ sensibility can travel to when we tune in to our senses and journey into memory and place. The aim of this workshop will be to generate a rich pool of new material, from which our best work can emerge.

Time: eight Wednesdays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 2 October - 4 December, 2019

Location: Atwater Library and Computer Centre—1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, Quebec View map

Description

This workshop is for poets of any level of experience who are seeking to expand the range of their subject matter. Limited to 12 participants.

Please note: This workshop is sold out but we are now operating a waiting list. Please do sign up if you are interested and we’ll let you know if a place becomes available. Waiting list places are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

How, as writers, can we break the surface of the everyday and go deep? Over the eight sessions of the workshop, we will take some time to dwell in the places our writers’ sensibility can travel to when we tune in to our senses and journey into memory and place. The aim of this workshop will be to generate a rich pool of new material, from which our best work can emerge.

Workshops will consist of in-class writing exercises, weekly writing assignments, and time for participating poets to receive constructive feedback from their peers and the workshop leader. As a group, we will also perform close readings of works by a range of published writers that constellate around a series of themes selected to help us mine our own memories and sensory experiences of the world around us. Proposed themes include

  • a child’s-eye view: writing through the lens of childhood;
  • lost and found: orienting through poetry;
  • (re)mapping our world: a sense of place;
  • entering the myth: poetic exchanges with mythology; and
  • mapping the landscape of the body.

Participants will be encouraged, for the duration of the workshop, to “apprentice” themselves to the work of a published poet of their choice, whose voice will be a steady and nourishing guide as they work on their own material. They will also have the opportunity (though it is by no means obligatory) to read their own work aloud, both as a practice tool for giving future poetry readings and to “lend an ear” to the editing process. The workshop will be a safe and friendly space, with an emphasis on diving into the messiness of creation and getting excited about new ideas.

Please note: There will be no classes on Wednesday, November 6, or on Wednesday, November 13. The final class will be Wednesday, December 4.

Workshop leader

Credit: Cristina Plamadeala
Kelly Norah Drukker was born in Montreal, and grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec. Her first collection of poems, Small Fires (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. Petits feux, the French translation of her collection by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, was published by Le lézard amoureux in 2018. Kelly holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University, and is currently pursuing her interests in oral history, creative writing, and Irish Studies through Concordia’s Humanities PhD program.

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