Responding to the needs of local writers

The Writers Studio aims to create an ongoing venue to support writers

The Campbell River Arts Council is launching a 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, 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.

Rader has taught writing and literature at the University of Oregon, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Okanagan College and North Island College as well as numerous seminars, workshops, and tutorials both privately and through arts councils, festivals, and school districts in British Columbia.

His poems and stories have been published across North America, Ireland and Australia. A recipient of several writing awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council, his writing has been nominated for the Western Magazine Awards, the National Magazine Awards, the Gerald Lampert Award, the Journey Prize and two Pushcart prizes.

An experienced teacher and respected writer, Rader will help participants in the Writers Studio build the venue they need to support their lives as writers.

A series of five sessions are planned to begin the Studio.

Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 7, the Studio will continue on Sunday, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2.  All Sunday sessions will be from 1 – 4 p.m.

The cost is $40 per session or all five sessions for $175.  Please contact the Arts Council at 250-923-0213 to register. Space is limited.