Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: Beginning the Poem

Sun, 13 Dec 2020 1:00 PM

For both seasoned and new poets, the blank page can be intimidating and impenetrable. Some writers need to start with a grand idea or a flash of inspiration, but many can find their way into a poem just by starting and seeing where the poem leads. In this generative-focused workshop we will try out many playful and practical ways to begin: free writing, list-making, associative leaping and various other prompts. We will read poems to consider how other poets begin and move through their poems. Throughout, we will consider methods to tune in to your imagination and intuition, so that you’re always ready to go when you sit down to write.

Instructor Bio:

Raoul Fernandes lives and writes in Vancouver, with his wife and two sons. His first collection of poems, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015), won the Dorothy Livesay Award and the Debut-litzer Award for Poetry in 2016 and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. He has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English.

Date(s): Sun, December 13, 2020, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PT

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $25  Register



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