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Writer’s Studio continues with new sessions

The Campbell River Arts Council is continuing on with their new initiative for writers entitled the ‘Writer’s Studio’.

Looking for a community of fellow writers?

Opportunities to have your writing workshopped?

Discussions of literature from a writer’s point of view?

Prompts and direction to get you writing?

A challenge and a new path to explore?

A resource for living out the griefs and wonders of the writing life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Writer’s Studio is for you.

Facilitated by poet and fiction writer Matt Rader and assisted by guest speakers, the Writers Studio, to be held at the Sybil Andrews Cottage in Willow Point, aims to create an ongoing venue to support writers. Designed to respond to the needs of participating writers, the Writers Studio offers an opportunity to practice writing in a variety of disciplines including memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and essay.

The Studio may offer manuscript consultation, writing exercises, presentations on special topics, and group and individual reading lists; or it may be the venue for public readings, workshops on publishing, and experiments in multi-disciplinary art projects.

Writing is a process full of potentials and mysteries and likewise the Studio hopes to be a lived experience that adapts to those who participate.

The Winter Session of the Campbell River Writers Studio includes a few new elements. The session kicks off with a craft seminar lead by regular facilitator, Matt Rader.

The Craft Session is entitled Building Poems: How do poems come to be?

What strategies of composition do poets consciously and unconsciously employ?

How might we respond as readers and writers to these strategies?

In February, noted writer and teacher, Cornelia Hoogland takes over for two sessions (Feb. 2 and 17). Once again, participants can register for the whole series (six session for the price of five) or on a drop-in basis if space permits.

1. Writing the Unthinkable: doodling our way into writing. Based on Lynda Barry’s “non writing craft” techniques, Hoogland will lead participants in innovative and exploratory writing (and drawing) exercises.  Bring lots of doodling paper.

2. Writing-As-Collage: Matt Rader Rearranges the World. Hoogland will lead participants in a short exploration of a few conventions of collage in Rader’s poetry. The main part of the evening will be workshopping participants’ writing.

Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 13, the Studio will continue on Sunday, Jan. 20; Saturday, Feb. 2; Sunday, Feb. 17; and Sundays March 3 and 17.  All sessions will be from 1-4 p.m.  The cost is $40 per session or all six sessions for $200. Contact the Arts Council at 250-923-0213 to register or email: admin@crarts.ca.

Space is limited.

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