Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

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



Please note that we start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

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..



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 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.


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.

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

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