IN PERSON Writer's Block: A Generative Workshop Series
IN-PERSON - Writer's Block: A Generative Workshop Series
July 13 - Aug. 17
Instructor: Erin Emily Ann Vance
MEMBER PRICE $142.50 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $190.00
In this weekly class, we will look to experimental writing as a way out of the pandemic-induced fog of writer’s block. We will look to poets and writers who have used innovative (and often absolutely bizarre) techniques to generate new ideas and stave off writer’s block. Each class will take students through several exercises as well as the history of various schools of thought and writing from which we will be taking inspiration. We will look at exercises developed by Charles Bernstein, Bernadette Mayer, William Burroughs, and much, much more.
This class take place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.
Erin Emily Ann Vance is the author of the Calgary Bestseller Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers (Stonehouse Publishing 2019), and the poetry collection A History of Touch (Guernica Editions 2022), as well as six chapbooks of poetry. She was a recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize in 2017 (nominated by Aritha van Herk) and a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards for the short story “All the Pretty Bones.” Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals all over the world. Vance holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary as well as a Masters Degree in Irish Folklore and Ethnology from University College Dublin. She attended the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Summer School at Queen's University Belfast in 2018 and 2020, and was a fellow of Summer Literary Seminars in Nairobi in December 2018. Vance attended the Writers Guild of Alberta Banff Centre Residency in February 2019 and worked with author Kimmy Beach as part of the 2019 WGA Mentorship Program. Vance is also the co-host of the folklore, history, and true-crime podcast Femmes Macabres, and is a mixed media and fiber artist in her free time.
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