2016 Poetry Sanctuary with James
Poetry Sanctuary is a full day retreat that includes a short lesson on a specific aspect of the craft of poetry, writing prompts to inspire participants to practice these aspects and produce three or more new poems, and lots of silent time for writing and/or revision.
Participants will also have the opportunity to share their work in group readings and receive private feedback from James if they choose that option. The objectives are to learn something new about the craft of writing poetry, write new poems, work on revision, and share poetry together in a welcoming and inclusive group setting.
Uplands is located in a beautiful, secluded valley on the Oak Ridges Moraine only twenty minutes north of Whitby, and less than an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto.
Enrollment is limited to ensure a high quality of mentorship and group interaction.
2016 Retreat Dates:
Saturday, March 19th…
Saturday, May 7th…
Sunday, June 26th…
Sunday, September 18th…
Saturday, November 5th…
PLEASE NOTE: ALL RETREAT DAYS ARE FULLY BOOKED, BUT I HAVE STARTED A WAITING LIST FOR EACH DATE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE A SPOT, PLEASE REGISTER NORMALLY, BUT DO NOT PAY.
IF A SPOT OPENS UP I WILL CONTACT YOU IMMEDIATELY.
|10:00 – 10:15||Greet and settle in|
|10:15 – 1:00||A discussion about a significant aspect of writing poetry that includes prompts to encourage participants to practice the key aspects of the poetry lesson. Participants will finish the morning with three or more new poems and a better understanding of the craft. They will also have the opportunity to share these fresh poems with each other in our inclusive, supportive writing circle.|
|1:00 – 1:45||Delicious lunch (provided)|
|1:45 – 2:00||Additional prompts on the topic of the day. Participants select their writing spots for the afternoon segment, whether it be at one of our many desks, in the comfortable living room area, or finding a cozy spot down by the pond or in our screened dining tent.|
|2:00 – 4:00||Silent writing and individual feedback sessions. All participants may send one poem to James in advance of the workshop. James will respond by discussing the elements of poetry that are working well, and provide input on anything that might make the poem more effective. Each participant who sends in a poem is allotted 10 minutes for these discussions.|
|4:00 – 5:00||Participants each share one of their poems with the group. This could be either a new poem written during the day of the retreat, or another poem that the participant has been working on and would appreciate critical feedback from fellow poets on what is working well in the poem. Please note that participants may pass on this aspect if they wish. Reading is never mandatory during the retreat.|
COST: $80 + HST. (Includes a delicious lunch)
He has edited and published several books of poetry for both established and emerging talents, and co-edited many poetry anthologies.
He has taught advanced creative writing at Durham College, and has been leading workshops on poetry writing and performance for several years.
His poetry was published in The Garden in the Machine and many anthologies and literary journals. He has performed his poetry on CBC radio, Rogers TV and several university radio stations.
He enjoys organizing and hosting his monthly poetry reading series in Toronto, Hot-Sauced Words, now in its eighth year, and co-leads, with Sue Reynolds, the Inkslingers monthly poetry workshop, also in Toronto.
If I receive your cancellation notice up to five days in advance of the retreat, (for instance, if the retreat is on a Saturday, I must hear from you by midnight on the previous Sunday) you may choose to apply your deposit to a future retreat or receive a refund (minus a $20 administration fee).
If you cancel with less than five days notice, (in the example above, for instance, it would be anytime Monday or later) and your spot cannot be filled from a waiting list, no refund will be made. However, you are permitted to sell or gift your spot for that date to another person. If you do this, please email or call me right away to provide the contact information of your replacement. Since I provide lunch, it is important that I know of any dietary restrictions etc.
NOTE: *If a Poetry Sanctuary is cancelled for any reason, such as severe winter weather creates dangerous driving conditions, I will call all registered participants as soon as I have made the decision to cancel. In this situation, participants may request a full refund or transfer their payment to a future retreat date.