Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

September 11 – Poet Daniel Scott Tysdal is Inkslingers Part Two host for workshopping!



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

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Inkslingers is delighted to announce that we have TWO guest facilitators for the September 11 night.

Our guest host for our Workshopping segment will be poet and teacher Daniel Scott Tysdal. More below.

And Susie Whelehan has graciously stepped in for Sue Reynolds for Part One – the on the spot writing component.

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..



Susie Whelehan
The first hour (beginning at 7:00) will consist of on-the-spot poetry-writing exercises. Sue Reynolds normally does this part of the evening, but Sue will be in Chicago on September 11th, so this month’s poetry writing will be facilitated by another AWA facilitator, the charming and gregarious Susie Whelehan. This first hour is designed to get you bum-in-chair. Engaged and present and productive. Sometimes, for some poets, in some circumstances, this is the only hour all month they get to write poetry. This event is open to anyone as long as they have come to write. Bring a pen and paper.

Susie Whelehan’s poetry for adults has been published by Vox Benedictina, Hidden Brook Press, Novalis and The Windsor Review and her poem was a finalist in CBC Canada Writes. Her essays have appeared in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

She has studied with Catherine Graham and Susan Glickman at the University of Toronto, Richard Scrimger at the Humber School for Writers, Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, Maureen Buchanan Jones, Dorianne Laux, Molly Peacock, and Pat Schneider.

Susie has been an AWA facilitator since 2013, and offers monthly writing retreats at her west end home in Toronto.


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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 Daniel Scott Tysdal is September’s Part Two Facilitator.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of three books of poetry, Fauxccasional Poems (forthcoming from Icehouse 2015), The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010), and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and has earned him honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards (2003) and the Matrix Lit Pop Award (2010). His poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems, was recently published by Oxford University Press. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In 2012, the UTSC student newspaper, The Underground, named him one of their four “Professors of the Year.”



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.

154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor) just east of Broadview)

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

Black Swan Tavern