Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Next Inkslingers – December 12th! Kate Marshall-Flaherty is our 2nd part Host!





INKSLINGERS WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ is offered on the 2nd Thursday every month at the ever-gracious-to-poetry Black Swan Tavern – 2nd floor (on the Danforth near the Broadview subway station) in Toronto.

Inkslingers is delighted to announce December’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be KATE MARSHALL FLAHERTY

Read more below.


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.



Kate Marshall Flaherty smallThe 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 KATE MARSHALL FLAHERTY has agreed to come back and facilitate as our guest host for December.

Kate Marshall Flaherty says she has been one of InkSlingers biggest fans since way back! In fact, Piquant Press published her book “where we are going” in 2010. Her next book of poetry is coming out with Guernica Editions in spring of 2014. Katie’s poetry has been published in journals such as Descant, Grain, CV2, Freefall, and Vallum. She was short-listed for the Malahat Review Long Poem and Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, has been a Poet-in-the-schools as far away as Cobalt, and has “poemed” people in unsuspecting places for three years as part of National Random Acts of Poetry.

She is the mother of three spirited young adults, and lives in Toronto with her husband John, where she guides yoga/retreats/writing workshops. Poetry is her lifeline.


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

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Sue Reynolds and James Dewar are both certified in the AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) method of leading workshops.

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