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The poetry workshop rides again

Do your new years resolutions include buckling down and getting poems ready for market or on improving your writing?

This 8-week Studio Nouveau workshop is for those who want to make time to explore contemporary classic writers. Each workshop includes a segment of discussing poems and techniques, and exercises for eliciting play, curiosity and growth as well as round tabling of participant’s own poems. Close reads of poets Nicole Brossard, David Groulx, Alden Nowlen, Sylvia Legris, Nelson Ball and more.

Towards the end of the series, resources for making chapbooks and finding markets. Comes with a chapbook on writing prompts (“Writing Sparks: 50 paths to poems for when you’re feeling damp”). Inspire your own writing and sense of poetics. Come away with new poets to love, new poems made and older poems strengthened. And optionally your own first chapbook manuscript.

When? Monday nights for 8 weeks: Jan 11-Feb 29, from 7pm-9pm

Where: Hintonburg area, near transit.

How much: $150 (a couple pay as you can spots available)

Early bird registrations before Dec 15th get a complementary copy of The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.

Reserve a spot. Spaces limited. pearl[at]pagehalffull [dot] com with subject line of “SN workshop”.


Pirie has for years led workshops for various organizations in and around Ottawa, ran the Tree Reading Workshop Series for 4 years, was a teacher for 12 years, and has 3 poetry collections, and over a dozen chapbooks. She has judged awards and sat on juries for poetry at local, provincial and national levels. Her second book won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative poetry. A poem in her current collection, the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope, 2014)


If this day does not work, or if you want something more east end, also check out rob mclennan’s workshop which I enjoyed a few times.

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