In this free 90-minute craft workshop, delivered on Zoom, Kasia Van Schaik will lead participants through the process of writing a personal essay using a braided technique: a form of nonfiction wherein the writer interweaves multiple threads and through-lines of material, each on a different subject, connecting the personal with the political.

Time: 17:30 to 19:00

Duration: 22 April, 2021

Location: Online – Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link—, ,

Description

This workshop is limited to 80 participants, no creative nonfiction writing experience is necessary.

In this free 90-minute craft workshop, delivered on Zoom, Kasia Van Schaik will lead participants through the process of writing a personal essay using a braided technique: a form of nonfiction wherein the writer interweaves multiple threads and through-lines of material, each on a different subject, connecting the personal with the political. In this way, the braided form allows us to think about the ways in which we are linked to our larger environments and ecosystems. The workshop will include a craft talk, writing tips, and creative exercises, so bring a pen and paper! A short question and answer period will follow. 

How to Register:

Send an email to workshops@qwf.org with “Voices in the Dark Registration” in the subject line and you’ll receive a link to participate.

This workshop is co-produced by the Quebec Writers’ Federation and CBC Quebec.

Workshop leader

Credit: Greg Sides
Kasia Van Schaik is a writer, teacher, and literary critic living in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Sea Burial Laws According to Country (Desert Pets Press, 2018), which was adapted into an experimental concerto by the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab in 2019. Kasia’s writing has appeared in Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Review of BooksPrism International, the Best Canadian Poetry Anthology, Maisonneuve, and The Rumpus, and has been awarded the Mona Adilman Prize for poetry related to ecological concerns, the Peterson Memorial Fiction Prize, and the Quebec Federation’s Short Story Prize. Kasia is completing her doctorate at McGill University, where she teaches creative writing. In 2021, she was named a CBC QWF writer-in-residence.

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