As part of the St. Eugene Writers’ Conference, I’ll be offering a poetry writing workshop at the St. Eugene Resort just north of Cranbrook BC, Nov. 10 to 12. The Conference is directed by Fernie’s Keith Liggett, and also features three-day workshops in finding one’s voice, screenwriting, and fiction. A four-day manuscript evaluation workshop and a one-day self-publishing workshop are also part of the conference.
I’m calling my workshop “The Sea, The Forest and the Open Field,” with the idea that contemporary poetry, via various compositional strategies, can articulate the oceanic depths of the unconscious, the tangled forest of our emotions, and an unimpeded clarity of vision like that offered from the midst of a meadow. The workshop will focus on participants’ writing, and also see how a range of contemporary poets have coped with the challenges of diction, form and content in order to make words sing.