Learn writing tips from poet

The Campbell River Arts Council is offering a unique opportunity for writers to attend a series of workshops with one of Canada’s finest young poets, Matt Rader.

Rader is offering the Arts Council a series based on the overall theme of “Writing Life.”

The Campbell River Arts Council is offering a unique opportunity for writers to attend a series of workshops with one of Canada’s finest young poets, Matt Rader.

Rader is offering the Arts Council a series based on the overall theme of “Writing Life.”

The second workshop in the series will take place on May 29 from 1-4 p.m.  Entitled “Taking Shape: An Exploration of Literary Form,” this workshop asks, how do writers discover and utilize the shapes of their writings? How does a poet know how her lines should be arranged or a fiction writer decide to tell his story as series of flashbacks? What are the advantages and disadvantages of planning the shape of your writing before you write? Investigate the function of literary form and strategies for turning it into an advantage in your writing.

Rader grew up in the Comox Valley and is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno (Anansi 2011). His poems, stories and criticism have been published across North America, Australia and Ireland, and been nominated for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Pushcart Prize.

Rader has taught writing and literature at The University of Oregon, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and North Island College. He lives in Cumberland. Visit www.mattrader.com

The cost for the workshop is $40 and will be held at the Sybil Andrews Cottage, 2131 South Island Hwy., in Willow Point. Please call the Arts Council at 923-0213 to register.

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