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Having Trouble Finding Time to Work on Your Writing?

writing workshopMark your calendar for the evening of Monday, December 7th for INKSLINGERS once-a-month, NoCost poetry workshop evening at C’est What? in Toronto.

For December 2015 we’re revisiting our old model:  1 hour of creating poems through writing on the spot to prompts offered by an AWA certified facilitator (Sue Reynolds in December), 1 hour of workshopping pieces brought to the evening (please bring 15 to 20 copies – we have room for 8 pieces), and a final hour of workshopping your performance of your work “on stage”.

(We’re in the Library Room at the back of the pub!)

This event is designed to inspire poets at every skill level to develop their craft through writing, revising, and performing.

 

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NEXT INKSLINGER’S FREE WORKSHOP:

MONDAY December 7th, 2015

NEW START TIME: 7:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION: C’EST WHAT? (67 Front Street East)

PLEASE NOTE THAT C’EST WHAT? SERVES FOOD AND BEVERAGES in the performance lounge starting at 6:00 p.m. (and throughout the evening).

We are very grateful for the patronage of our hosts at C’est What? All participants in the evening’s workshop are encouraged to come early and share repast with Sue & James and the Guest Facilitator prior to the evening’s event.

Inkslingers’ new home is C’est What, 67 Front Street East, downstairs. C’est What is located in the cellar of a historic 19th century building in the St. Lawrence Market area. Casual, warm, and inviting, with great craft beers and a diverse and delicious menu. An easy 3 minute walk from Union Station.

Location: C’est What? 67 Front Street (at Church Street).

From Union Station: 5 minute walk or take the 72A Pape bus to Church Street and walk one block north.
From King Subway Station: 5 minute walk or take the 504 King streetcar east to Church Street and walk one block south.

WRITE-CRAFT-READ November 9th – FREE

INKSLINGERS offers a once-a-month poetry workshop evening on Mondays at C’est What? in Toronto.
 

(We’re in the Library Room at the back of the pub!)

 
This event is designed to inspire poets at every skill level to develop their craft through writing, revising, and performing.
 
In our new location we have also changed things up a bit. The first part of the evening will not only be writing on the spot, but will also include optional reading of the brand new work. In AWA-workshop fashion, the audience will offer immediate feedback on what’s working already in these just-written pieces.

The first part of the evening will now be facilitated every month by an AWA-certified writing instructor. For the next evening – November 9th, 2015 – our guest facilitator will be:

Kate

Kate Marshall Flaherty

AWA facilitator and host of the Stillpoint Writer’s Workshops

Kate Marshall Flaherty published her most recent book, Stone Soup with Quattro Books, the same year as Reaching V, with Guernica Editions. She has been published in Canadian journals such as CV2, Descant, Grain, Malahat Review and Vallum, International Anthologies such as Not A Muse, and American Journals such as Saranac Review. She was Shortlisted for Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Robert Frost Poetry Prize and Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award.

She is honoured to have written with both mentors Pat Schneider and Sue Reynolds as she became certified in the AWA Method of writing, and now guides her own StillPoint writing workshops in the AWA method. She guides Golden Rule Leadership Retreats, Writing as a Spiritual Practice Workshops and yoga classes.

She is now the Toronto Rep. for the League of Canadian Poets. Poetry is her lifeline.

Bolster your poetry practice with a night of prompts, production, feedback and community!

Join Sue Reynolds, James Dewar and Kate Marshall Flaherty on Monday, November 9th at 7:30!

 

cest what sign

NEXT INKSLINGER’S FREE WORKSHOP:
 
MONDAY November 9th, 2015
 
NEW START TIME: 7:30 p.m.
 
NEW LOCATION: C’EST WHAT? (67 Front Street East)

PLEASE NOTE THAT C’EST WHAT? SERVES FOOD AND BEVERAGES in the performance lounge starting at 6:00 p.m. (and throughout the evening).
 
We are very grateful for the patronage of our hosts at C’est What? All participants in the evening’s workshop are encouraged to come early and share repast with Sue & James and the Guest Facilitator prior to the evening’s event.

Inkslingers’ new home is C’est What, 67 Front Street East, downstairs. C’est What is located in the cellar of a historic 19th century building in the St. Lawrence Market area. Casual, warm, and inviting, with great craft beers and a diverse and delicious menu. An easy 3 minute walk from Union Station.

Location: C’est What? 67 Front Street (at Church Street).
 
From Union Station: 5 minute walk or take the 72A Pape bus to Church Street and walk one block north.
From King Subway Station: 5 minute walk or take the 504 King streetcar east to Church Street and walk one block south.

WRITE-CRAFT-READ Poetry Workshop Night – October 5th

INKSLINGERS offers a once-a-month poetry workshop evening on Mondays at C’est What? in Toronto.
 

(We’re in the Library Room at the back of the pub!)

 
This event is designed to inspire poets at every skill level to develop their craft through writing, revising, and performing.
 
In our new location we have also changed things up a bit. The first part of the evening will not only be writing on the spot, but will also include optional reading of the brand new work. In AWA-workshop fashion, the audience will offer immediate feedback on what’s working already in these just-written pieces.

The first part of the evening will now be facilitated every month by an AWA-certified writing instructor. For the next evening – October 5th, 2015 – our guest facilitator will be:

Susie-Whelehan (1)

Susie Whelehan

AWA facilitator and host of the Writers’ Oasis monthly retreats

Susie Whelehan reads and writes in Toronto’s West End. Her work has been produced on television and published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Windsor Review, and various anthologies. She was a finalist in CBC’s Canada Writes and won first place in poetry at the Canada Church Press Awards. With Rebecca Cunningham, Susie co-wrote Meditating Mamas: a Spiritual Resource for New Mothers, published by Novalis, and with Anne Laurel Carter she co-edited and contributed to an anthology published by Knopf Canada, My Wedding Dress: True-life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle.

Bolster your poetry practice with a night of prompts, production, feedback and community!

Join Sue Reynolds, James Dewar and Susie Whelehan on Monday, October 5th at 7:30!

 

cest what sign

NEXT INKSLINGER’S FREE WORKSHOP:
 
MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014
 
NEW START TIME: 7:30 p.m.
 
NEW LOCATION: C’EST WHAT? (67 Front Street East)

PLEASE NOTE THAT C’EST WHAT? SERVES FOOD AND BEVERAGES in the performance lounge starting at 6:00 p.m. (and throughout the evening).
 
We are very grateful for the patronage of our hosts at C’est What? All participants in the evening’s workshop are encouraged to come early and share repast with Sue & James and the Guest Facilitator prior to the evening’s event.

Inkslingers’ new home is C’est What, 67 Front Street East, downstairs. C’est What is located in the cellar of a historic 19th century building in the St. Lawrence Market area. Casual, warm, and inviting, with great craft beers and a diverse and delicious menu. An easy 3 minute walk from Union Station.

Location: C’est What? 67 Front Street (at Church Street).
 
From Union Station: 5 minute walk or take the 72A Pape bus to Church Street and walk one block north.
From King Subway Station: 5 minute walk or take the 504 King streetcar east to Church Street and walk one block south.

Inkslingers Poetry Nights – Next one: October 5th, 2015

INKSLINGERS offers a once-a-month poetry workshop evening on Mondays at C’est What? in Toronto.
 

(We’re in the Library Room at the back of the pub!)

 
This event is designed to inspire poets at every skill level to develop their craft through writing, revising, and performing.
 
In our new location we have also changed things up a bit. The first part of the evening will not only be writing on the spot, but will also include optional reading of the brand new work. In AWA-workshop fashion, the audience will offer immediate feedback on what’s working already in these just-written pieces.

The first part of the evening will now be facilitated every month by an AWA-certified writing instructor. For the next evening – October 5th, 2015 – our guest facilitator will be:

Susie-Whelehan (1)

Susie Whelehan

AWA facilitator and host of the Writers’ Oasis monthly retreats

Susie Whelehan reads and writes in Toronto’s West End. Her work has been produced on television and published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Windsor Review, and various anthologies. She was a finalist in CBC’s Canada Writes and won first place in poetry at the Canada Church Press Awards. With Rebecca Cunningham, Susie co-wrote Meditating Mamas: a Spiritual Resource for New Mothers, published by Novalis, and with Anne Laurel Carter she co-edited and contributed to an anthology published by Knopf Canada, My Wedding Dress: True-life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle.

Bolster your poetry practice with a night of prompts, production, feedback and community!

Join Sue Reynolds, James Dewar and Susie Whelehan on Monday, October 5th at 7:30!

 

cest what sign

NEXT INKSLINGER’S FREE WORKSHOP:
 
MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014
 
NEW START TIME: 7:30 p.m.
 
NEW LOCATION: C’EST WHAT? (67 Front Street East)

PLEASE NOTE THAT C’EST WHAT? SERVES FOOD AND BEVERAGES in the performance lounge starting at 6:00 p.m. (and throughout the evening).
 
We are very grateful for the patronage of our hosts at C’est What? All participants in the evening’s workshop are encouraged to come early and share repast with Sue & James and the Guest Facilitator prior to the evening’s event.

Inkslingers’ new home is C’est What, 67 Front Street East, downstairs. C’est What is located in the cellar of a historic 19th century building in the St. Lawrence Market area. Casual, warm, and inviting, with great craft beers and a diverse and delicious menu. An easy 3 minute walk from Union Station.

Ellen Bass Workshop Toronto, October 24 & 25, 2015

Photo by Irene Young

Photo by Irene Young


 
 
Ellen Bass is an extraordinary poet, teacher and author.

Having been lucky enough to study with her in California and in Mallorca, Sue and James dearly wanted to bring her to the writing community in Toronto.

The stars (and the International Festival of Authors!) have finally aligned.

Ellen will be here teaching a 2 day workshop and reading at the IFOA the weekend of October 24 & 25. The way Ellen teaches poetry is not to be missed!
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Click here for more information about the weekend, and to register

 

Biography:

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Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous poetry books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA Editions), which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday).

Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Sun. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two Pushcart Prizes.

Her non-fiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth(HarperCollins), I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse(HarperCollins), and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse(Harper Collins), which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages.

She currently is teaching in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University and has taught poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz, CA and at other beautiful locations nationally and internationally.

Click here for more information about the weekend, and to register

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

Nicki Ward

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

June Inkslingers with Michael Fraser! Thursday June 12th, 2014

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY June 12th, 2014
Please note that we start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Michael Fraser
 
 
 
 
 
Inkslingers is delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Michael Fraser. Read more below.

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening the second Thursday of every month. 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

Michael Fraser narrow

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 Michael Fraser is June’s Part Two Facilitator.

Michael Fraser is a high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various anthologies and journals including: Literary Review of Canada, The Paris Atlantic, and Caribbean Writer. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. He won Arc’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Poem of the Year. His poem “Going to Cape” is included in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013. He is the creator and director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.

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!).

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)

Location: The Black Swan Tavern, second floor, north side of Danforth Ave., just east of Broadview subway station. (across from The Danforth Music Hall)

Black Swan Tavern

May Inkslingers with Jacob Scheier! Thursday May 8th, 2014

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY May 8th, 2014
Please note that we start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

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Inkslingers is delighted to announce that next month’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Jacob Scheier. Read more below.

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening the second Thursday of every month. 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

Jacob

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 Jacob Scheier is May’s Part Two Facilitator.

Jacob Scheier is a poet, essayist and journalist. He has lived in Toronto, Istanbul, New York City, Brandon, Manitoba and, currently, St. Thomas, Ontario as the writer-in-residence for Algoma University at St. Thomas. His debut poetry collection More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press) won a 2008 Governor General’s Award. He is also co-winner of a 2009 New York Independent Media Alliance award for best feature article: “The Anti-Bloomberg: Can I Get an Amen?: Co-written with John Tarelton: The Indypendent 14 August 2009. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines across North America, including Rattle, Geist and Descant. He has poems appearing in three anthologies this coming year, including one in the UK. His most recent poetry collection is Letter from Brooklyn (ECW Press 2013). Jacob is a regular contributor to Toronto’s NOW Magazine, and his first long form piece of literary journalism, “My Never-Ending Acid Trip” was published this past fall by the Toronto Star for their Star Dispatches ebook series.

Jacob also facilitates creative writing workshops. From May 7-June 11th he will be facilitating a 6-week poetry workshop on writing poetry about grief in downtown Toronto. Email griefwriting@gmail.com to register or for more info, Jacob will also be facilitating a personal writing retreat (nonfiction and poetry) in Dunedin, Ontario, June 15-18. Go to http://www.creativityartretreat.com for more info.

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!).

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)

Location: The Black Swan Tavern, second floor, north side of Danforth Ave., just east of Broadview subway station. (across from The Danforth Music Hall)

Black Swan Tavern

April Inkslingers with Catherine Graham! Thursday April 10th, 2014

 

WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ

NEXT INKSLINGERS NIGHT: THURSDAY April 10th, 2014
Please note that we start the writing-on-the-spot workshop portion promptly at 7:00 p.m.

CatherineGraham Prosopon
 
 
 
 
 
Inkslingers is delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Catherine Graham. Read more below.

INKSLINGERS offers a poetry evening the second Thursday of every month. 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 and wants that to be available to everybody.

CRAFT

Catherine at the Artbar

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 Catherine Graham is April’s Part Two Facilitator.

Catherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections including the recently published, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects and the acclaimed trilogy, Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill. Recent work has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Malahat Review, Crannóg Magazine (Ireland), Eyewear (UK), Descant Magazine, The Puritan, The Toronto Review of Books, Taddle Creek, The Rusty Toque and Room Magazine. Winner of an Excellence in Teaching Award, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

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!).

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)

Location: The Black Swan Tavern, second floor, north side of Danforth Ave., just east of Broadview subway station. (across from The Danforth Music Hall)

Black Swan Tavern

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