Our Part Two Host for April is the Winner of the IFOA Battle of the Bards!
WRITE ● CRAFT ● READ
INKSLINGERS THIS WEEK, THURSDAY APRIL 10
Please note that we start the writing-on-the-spot workshop portion promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Inkslingers is delighted to announce that this month’s guest host for our Workshopping segment will be Catherine Graham, and also we’re thrilled to announce that Catherine just won the IFOA “Battle of the Bards” last week at Harbourfront for a spot on the IFOA stage this fall!
Jacob Scheier (who will be our Part Two host next month for our May Inkslingers) ALSO won an IFOA feature at the Battle of the Bards!
We’re delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to workshop your poems with these two skilled poets on the Inkslinger’s stage.
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 and wants that to be available to everybody.
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 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 Catherine Graham is April’s Part Two Facilitator.
Catherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections including the recently published, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects and the acclaimed trilogy, Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill. Recent work has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Malahat Review, Crannóg Magazine (Ireland), Eyewear (UK), Descant Magazine, The Puritan, The Toronto Review of Books, Taddle Creek, The Rusty Toque and Room Magazine. Winner of an Excellence in Teaching Award, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
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)