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.
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..
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.
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.
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!
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)