Imagination seldom seems sufficient these days to conjure people and places that, though unlike us, are yet familiar by virtue of a visible, shared humanity. How much research is required to achieve verisimilitude? And, honestly, when will enough never be enough? Through a series of frank discussions, the reading of various texts, and a number of short writing exercises, Canadian-Barbadian author Robert Edison Sandiford explores the ways in which we might all write more compassionately, clearly and convincingly about who and what we don’t (yet) know.

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Time: eight Wednesdays, 20:00 to 22:00

Duration: 7 October - 25 November, 2020

Location: Online via Zoom—, ,

Description

All levels are welcome.

Limited to 12 participants.

It was Margaret Atwood who said, “If you’re not annoying somebody, you’re not alive.” While the intent is clear—dare to disturb and even change the universe (for the better)—the goal is not necessarily to give offense. But how do we negotiate this as writers in a world that, while sensitive to microaggression and concerned about all manner of appropriation, is still uncomfortable with, well, diverse expressions of diversity? 

Imagination seldom seems sufficient these days to conjure people and places that, though unlike us, are yet familiar by virtue of a visible, shared humanity. How much research is required to achieve verisimilitude? And, honestly, when will enough never be enough? Through a series of frank discussions, the reading of various texts, and a number of short writing exercises, Canadian-Barbadian author Robert Edison Sandiford explores the ways in which we might all write more compassionately, clearly and convincingly about who and what we don’t (yet) know.  


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Workshop leader

Robert Edison Sandiford is the author of several books, among them The Tree of Youth, winner of Barbados’ Governor General’s Award of Excellence in Literary Arts; And Sometimes They Fly, recipient of a BMA “Brands of Barbados” Award; and Sand for Snow, shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award.  His erotic graphic novels for NBM Publishing (nbmpub.com) have been called “imaginably simple [yet] also imaginatively complex” by the poet George Elliott Clarke.  In 2003, he founded with sister writer Linda M. Deane the Barbadian cultural forum ArtsEtc Inc. (artsetcbarbados.com).  He has worked as a journalist, publisher, teacher, and, with Warm Water Productions, producer.  His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies.  Fairfield from DC Books (dcbooks.ca) is his most recent title.

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