Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Sandra Kasturi is the Workshopping Host For Inkslingers – November 14th!





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Inkslingers is delighted to announce November’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Sandra Kasturi 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..



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.



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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 Sandra Kasturi has agreed to come back and facilitate as our guest host for November.

Sandra Kasturi is a writer, poet, book reviewer, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor, and co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-nominated press, ChiZine Publications. Sandra’s poetry and fiction has won several prizes, including first prize in ARC Poetry Magazine’s 10th Annual Poem of the Year Contest, and has been shortlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest, and the Rhysling, Aurora, and Elgin Awards. She has been published in various venues, including Taddle Creek, ON SPEC, Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Shadows & Tall Trees, Evolve, Chilling Tales, A Verdant Green, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin and Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out. Sandra managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books). Her second book, Come Late to the Love of Birds, was published out in 2012. She is working on her third poetry collection, The Secret Histories, and a novel, Medusa Gorgon, Lady Detective.


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