2017 Writer in Residence…

Readings, Workshops and more…


Official Kick Off

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)

Join us in welcoming Micheline Maylor as our 2017 Writer in Residence. Readings, refreshments. An all round good time.



Short Form Fiction | Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 10am-3:30pm

In this creativity and post-card story manufacturing seminar. We will discuss, openings, setting, time-frame, efficient language, syntax, and diction, and narrative. As writers we want to move towards enchantment and away from summary, short, short stories are a way we can engage in practice and learn skill through technique and craft. In this part lecture, part creativity, part practice, part evaluation workshop, we will hone our skills and leave with near finished short-short stories.

Poetry Forms and Practice | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 10am-3:30pm

Sonnets, Sestinas, Glossas! Oh my! Japanese forms, ghazals, palindromes, pantoums, villanelles. Come and learn the structure and history of the poetic forms for poetry month. We will discuss forms, their origins, and practice creating through writing exercise. Consider this a poetry sweatshop, bring something to write on or in and prepare to take notes and work!

Craft and Writing | May 13, 2017 | 10am – 3:30pm

Heather Sellers states, reading and writing are acts of paying close attention. In a quartet of lectures, the works of noted Canadian authors will be discussed, both in terms of their critical essays on craft, their views on aesthetics, and their written works. These intensive studies can lead us to better our practices in our writing.  In this blend of discussion and practice, big ideas about writing will be illuminated. This course is best for authors with some experience. Author studies will include: Jeffrey Donaldson, Douglas Glover, Richard Harrison, Steven Heighton, Jan Zwicky.

To register for any of the WIR workshops, go to Courses page.