Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

October 9th, 2014 – Nicki Ward is our Part THREE Host!




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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..



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 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.



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