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Write at the McMichael Gallery, Sunday, October 4th, 2015

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Join us on Sunday, October 4th at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg, Ontario.
 
exterior McMichael w2This full day workshop shares the same approach as our popular Write at the ROM workshops, but with an emphasis on the ekphrastic approach to writing.
 
Ekphrasis is a literary description of, an engagement with, or a commentary on, a visual work of art.
 
There are many art galleries to choose from, but in October the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg provides inspiration through the autumn colours that surround it, and the impressive collection of Canadian art, particularly The Group of Seven and Inuit art.
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Participants are free to write in any format they choose: poetry, nonfiction, memoir or fiction.
 

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2015
 
Time: 10:30 to 4:30
 
Registration: $89.00 (Covers entrance to the McMichael Gallery and all workshop activities and HST.)
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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CANCELLATION POLICY
Refunds are available until September 27th, minus a $25 administration fee.
After June 27th, registrations may be transferred to another writer, but we cannot issue refunds due to our commitment to the Gallery. Please contact us for more clarification if you wish to transfer your registration to someone else should the need arise.
 

Nov. 13th, 2014 – Cathy Petch is our Performance Feedback Host!

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY November 13th, 2014

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This month we’re trying something a little different; instead of having a guest host for the poetry workshopping session, Inkslingers has invited a guest host to do the PERFORMANCE session.

We are delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our performance segment will be Cathy Petch one of the most popular and gifted poets on the Spoken Word scene.
 

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening (2nd Thursday every month) at the Black Swan Tavern – 3rd floor. This evening is designed to get poets and aspiring poets all writing, revising, and performing..

 

WRITE


The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of writing exercises facilitated by Sue Reynolds designed to give you an hour to write poetry then-and-there. Bum in chair. Engaged and present and productive. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Sue Reynolds has been leading writing workshops in Canada and internationally for 15 years. Many poems and short stories written in exercises with Sue have gone on to literary publication and to win prizes in competitions. (Recently, a short story begun by a participant in Sue’s Sanctuary won the $1000 Amprosia prize and one of the participants in the Novel Approach course she taught with James just signed a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster for the project she wrote in that course). The costs of Sue’s workshops run between $80 to $300 per day, but she is leading these exercises gratis because she believes that much of the best poetry happens in that energy of writing community.

 
 

CRAFT

The second hour (from 8:10 to 9:10) consists of workshopping poems that writers have revised to the place where they now want input from fresh eyes.

Bring at least 20 copies of a poem (no more than 30 lines) that you want to present for feedback. Each participant will have a maximum of 7 minutes to both read the poem and receive feedback on their work from those in attendance who wish to make constructive comments. (Further feedback may be offered in writing on the submitted copies).

We are normally able to review 7 or 8 poems during this hour.

This portion of the evening will be facilitated by Creative James Dewar, host of Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, Now in it’s sixth year (Third Thursday every month!) at the Black Swan Tavern.

 
 

READ

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The final hour (from 9:20 to 10:20) is an open mic. Writers may read a poem they created in the first hour of the night, or may read something they bring with them for this purpose. Each writer will have 3 minutes to perform a poem. After each poem is read, the audience is asked to support each reader with kudos for aspects well handled, and any suggestions for ways to make reading the poem more effective. It’s all about learning the entire craft!

This month the Performance portion of the evening will be facilitated by a guest facilitator. We’re delighted to announce that Cathy Petch will be our guest host for this portion.

Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player for The Silverhearts. She has several handsome chapbooks and published her poetry book Late Night Knife Fights with LyricalMyrical Press. She has been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly and Joypuke journals.

She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and “The Dildettes” a queer spoken word/comedy troupe along with Regie Cabico and David Bateman.

Petch was a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams.

She is happiest onstage.

Find her at www.cathypetch.com

 
 

In the event that we have more poets signed up than we have time available, the Craft and Open Mic slots will be allotted by draw.

154 Danforth Ave. (3rd floor) just east of Broadview)

Black Swan Tavern

October 9th, 2014 – Nicki Ward is our Part THREE Host!

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY October 9th, 2014

 
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This month we’re trying something a little different; instead of having a guest host for the poetry workshopping session, Inkslingers has invited a guest host to do the PERFORMANCE session.

We are delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our performance segment will be Nichola (Nicki) Ward whose performance skills are legendary.
 

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening (2nd Thursday every month) at the Black Swan Tavern – 3rd floor. This evening is designed to get poets and aspiring poets all writing, revising, and performing..

 

WRITE


The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of writing exercises facilitated by Sue Reynolds designed to give you an hour to write poetry then-and-there. Bum in chair. Engaged and present and productive. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Sue Reynolds has been leading writing workshops in Canada and internationally for 15 years. Many poems and short stories written in exercises with Sue have gone on to literary publication and to win prizes in competitions. (Recently, a short story begun by a participant in Sue’s Sanctuary won the $1000 Amprosia prize and one of the participants in the Novel Approach course she taught with James just signed a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster for the project she wrote in that course). The costs of Sue’s workshops run between $80 to $300 per day, but she is leading these exercises gratis because she believes that much of the best poetry happens in that energy of writing community.

 
 

CRAFT

The second hour (from 8:10 to 9:10) consists of workshopping poems that writers have revised to the place where they now want input from fresh eyes.

Bring at least 20 copies of a poem (no more than 30 lines) that you want to present for feedback. Each participant will have a maximum of 7 minutes to both read the poem and receive feedback on their work from those in attendance who wish to make constructive comments. (Further feedback may be offered in writing on the submitted copies).

We are normally able to review 7 or 8 poems during this hour.

This portion of the evening will be facilitated by Creative James Dewar, host of Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, Now in it’s sixth year (Third Thursday every month!) at the Black Swan Tavern.

 
 

READ

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The final hour (from 9:20 to 10:20) is an open mic. Writers may read a poem they created in the first hour of the night, or may read something they bring with them for this purpose. Each writer will have 3 minutes to perform a poem. After each poem is read, the audience is asked to support each reader with kudos for aspects well handled, and any suggestions for ways to make reading the poem more effective. It’s all about learning the entire craft!

This month the Performance portion of the evening will be facilitated by a guest facilitator. We’re delighted to announce that Nicki Ward will be our guest host for this portion.

Nicki is an outstanding poetry performer and her voice is often heard in our Part three workshops offering advice on microphone use, pauses, voice modulation and other techniques for presenting our poetry in the best light. Her finely balanced sense of rhythm, keen poetic intelligence and honed ear make her a stellar Part Three Facilitator. Don’t miss out!

Nichola (Nicki) Ward was born in London, England and lives in Toronto, Canada where she is an award winning writer, performer and poet. Her work embraces the energy of “spoken word” and the formality of “page poetry”. Examples can be found on her blog “Word Art”

She is the founder of the publishing and performance group Ground Queero and a long term member of the respected LGBT writer’s group “OUTwrites”.

She is the author of “Jackie’s Not a Real Girl”,”Little Sarah – Wordkeeper”, “Babylon Alley – A Play for Voices” and the collection “Found Album”.

 
 

In the event that we have more poets signed up than we have time available, the Craft and Open Mic slots will be allotted by draw.

154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor) just east of Broadview)

Black Swan Tavern

Next Inkslingers – January 9th! Nicki Ward is our 2nd part Host!

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY January 9th, 2014

 
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Inkslingers is delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Nichola (Nicki) Ward Read more below.
 

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening (2nd Thursday every month) at the ever-gracious-to-poetry Black Swan Tavern – 2nd floor. This evening is designed to get poets and aspiring poets all writing, revising, and performing..

 

WRITE


The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of writing exercises facilitated by Sue Reynolds designed to give you an hour to write poetry then-and-there. Bum in chair. Engaged and present and productive. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Sue Reynolds has been leading writing workshops in Canada and internationally for 15 years. Many poems and short stories written in exercises with Sue have gone on to literary publication and to win prizes in competitions. (Recently, a short story begun by a participant in Sue’s Sanctuary won the $1000 Amprosia prize and one of the participants in the Novel Approach course she taught with James just signed a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster for the project she wrote in that course). The costs of Sue’s workshops run between $80 to $300 per day, but she is leading these exercises gratis because she believes that much of the best poetry happens in that energy of writing community.

 
 

CRAFT

Nicki Ward

The second hour (from 8:10 to 9:10) consists of workshopping poems that writers have revised to the place where they now want input from fresh eyes.

Bring 15 to 20 copies of a poem (no more than 30 lines) that you want to present for feedback. Each participant will have a maximum of 7 minutes to both read the poem and receive feedback on their work from those in attendance who wish to make constructive comments. (Further feedback may be offered in writing on the submitted copies).

We are normally able to review 7 or 8 poems during this hour.

The Craft portion of the evening is facilitated by a guest facilitator. We’re delighted to announce that Nicki Ward has agreed to come back and facilitate as our guest host for the first Inkslingers of 2014. Nicki has hosted for us twice before – her finely balanced sense of rhythm, keen poetic intelligence and honed ear make her a stellar Part Two Facilitator. Don’t miss out!

 
 

READ


The final hour (from 9:20 to 10:20) is an open mic. Writers may read a poem they created in the first hour of the night, or may read something they bring with them for this purpose. Each writer will have 3 minutes to perform a poem. After each poem is read, the audience is asked to support each reader with kudos for aspects well handled, and any suggestions for ways to make reading the poem more effective. It’s all about learning the entire craft!

This portion of the evening will be facilitated by Creative James Dewar, host of Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, Now in it’s sixth year (Third Thursday every month!) at the Black Swan Tavern.

 
 

In the event that we have more poets signed up than we have time available, the Craft and Open Mic slots will be allotted by draw.

154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor) just east of Broadview)

Black Swan Tavern

INKSLINGERS POETRY NIGHT – August 8th – Get Your Poetry On!

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY August 8th, 2013

 

A couple of years ago, Sue used to lead a free workshop for an hour or two before our Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, (Third Thursday every month at the same location). But the timing was awkward – over the dinner hour – and for a variety of reasons she discontinued it.

But ever since then, people who attended it have been asking “When will you bring it back?”

Well, the stars have finally aligned.
 

INKSLINGERS will now offer a poetry evening (2nd Thursday every month) at the ever-gracious-to-poetry Black Swan Tavern – 2nd floor. This evening is designed to get everyone writing, revising, and performing.

 

WRITE


The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of writing exercises facilitated by Sue Reynolds designed to give you an hour to write poetry then-and-there. Bum in chair. Engaged and present and productive. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Sue Reynolds has been leading writing workshops in Canada and internationally for 15 years. Many poems and short stories written in exercises with Sue have gone on to literary publication and to win prizes in competitions. (Most recently, a short story begun by a participant in Sue’s Sanctuary won the $1000 Amprosia prize). The costs of Sue’s workshops run between $80 to $300 per day, but she is leading these exercises gratis because she believes that much of the best poetry happens in that energy of writing community.

 
 

CRAFT

The second hour (from 8:10 to 9:10) consists of workshopping poems that writers have revised to the place where they now want input from fresh eyes.

Bring 15 to 20 copies of a poem (no more than 30 lines) that you want to present for feedback. Each participant will have a maximum of 7 minutes to both read the poem and receive feedback on their work from those in attendance who wish to make constructive comments. (Further feedback may be offered in writing on the submitted copies).

We normally review 7 or 8 poems during this hour.

The Craft portion of the evening will be facilitated by a guest facilitator. We’re delighted to announce that Edward Nixon, host of livewords, has returned as our guest facilitator for August 2013.

 
 

READ


The final hour (from 9:20 to 10:20) is an open mic. Writers may read a poem they created in the first hour of the night, or may read something they bring with them for this purpose. Each writer will have 3 minutes to perform a poem. After each poem is read, the audience is asked to support each reader with kudos for aspects well handled, and any suggestions for ways to make reading the poem more effective. It’s all about learning the entire craft!

This portion of the evening will be facilitated by Creative James Dewar, host of Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances, Now in it’s sixth year (Third Thursday every month!) at the Black Swan Tavern.

In the event that we have more poets signed up than we have time available, the Craft and Open Mic slots will be allotted by draw.

154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor) just east of Broadview)

Black Swan Tavern

Rhymes at the ROM

 

A Poetry Workshop (not necessarily in Rhyme!)
in one of the most evocative sites in Toronto

ROM skeletons and ghostThe Royal Ontario Museum is a gorgeous storehouse of anthropological, geological, and paleontological information and artifacts. On September 21 you are invited to spend a day of experiencing these “prompts” through sensory, emotional and cognitive ways.

Poets will be given prompts and exercises and encouragement throughout the day designed to help you engage with the bones of your material and your craft.

At the end of the day, there’s an optional reading at a local restaurant (a short walk from the ROM) to try out one of the new poems you’ve created.

Sharing is optional of course.

Date: September 21, 2013
Time: 10:30 to 4:30 (optional reading and beverage follows)
Registration: $70 – covers entrance to the ROM, all workshop activities, and one drink at the Happy Hour Reading afterwards at a local restaurant starting at 5:00 p.m.

Poetry is Community! Experience the connection.

CANCELLATION POLICY –
Refunds are available until September 7th minus a $25 administration fee. After September 7 there are no refunds. However, registrations are 100% transferrable to another poet with notification so if you are not able to make it, and you can find another poet to take your place, your registration will be refunded completely.

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