Master Classes

Shannon Webb-Campbell: Decolonial Poetics – September 10, 2017
Barbara Kyle: Your Inner Actor – October 28, 2017
Testimonials


Decolonial Poetics

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Shannon Webb-Campbell

Facilitator:  Shannon Webb-Campbell

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Venue TBD

Room: TBD

Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Overview: Indigenous poetry is inherently decolonial. It disrupts the colonial imagination. Part of my objective for an Indigenous Poetics one day workshop is to decolonize poetics, and over throw the colonial mindset of Canadian poetry as we honour the land, ancestors, and every line break and stanza inscribed on Turtle Island.

Break new poetic ground through decolonial practices, and fuse Indigenous and non-Indigenous poetic strategies through various exercises, Traditional knowledge and ancestral poetic wisdom.

Poets at all levels are welcome – Indigenous and non-Indigenous who don’t know where to start from, to others who are wrestling with what it means to live and write unceded and unsurrendered Mississauguas of Scugog Island First Nation territory. Given the ongoing effects of colonization, we are at a crossroads on Turtle Island, and it is our responsibility as poets to reconnect with the lands and waters. Our role as poets is to honour the ancestors, and create a poetic footprint for generations to come.

This workshop will give examples and exercises to unpack and dismantle the colonial agenda through poetics. Along with several Indigenous poets like Liz Howard, Jordan Abel, Brian Brett, some examples will come from other Indigenous knowledge systems (e.g. the medicine wheel, healing plants, and philosophy), all poetics will be First Nations thinkers, writers, and idea makers. So bring pen, paper and open heart.

About Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a Mi’kmaq poet, writer, and critic. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015), recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award, is her first collection of poems. She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence 2014, and is a board member. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently is working towards a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

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Your Inner Actor: How Writers Can Use Actors’ Techniques to Deliver “Deep Character” and Create Powerful Scenes

Barbara Kyle

Facilitator: Barbara Kyle

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Venue TBD

Room: TBD

Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

Overview: Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. And so are you when you give life to your characters on the page. In the “Your Inner Actor” master class, acclaimed novelist and former actor Barbara Kyle shares insights on how successful writers use actors’ techniques to write from the inside out, and to craft meaningful plots that lead to the central character’s transformation, whether from weakness to strength, or from ignorance to wisdom, however hard-won the victory may be.

The “Your Inner Actor” master class focuses on techniques to:

  • plumb your characters’ deepest motivations to propel the plot
  • craft emotionally authentic dialogue
  • “turn” a scene around characters’ desires and actions to yield the richest drama
  • build maximum power in your story’s pivotal “big scenes”: the inciting incident, the turning points, and the climax
  • plus, an interactive session on “Making an Entrance” shows how to design the most dynamic introductory scene for your protagonist

You’ll take home techniques that will guide you to create the kind of story that publishers want and readers praise.

About Barbara Kyle

Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Thornleigh Saga series of historical novels (“Riveting Tudor drama”– USA Today), and of thrillers, including Beyond Recall under pen-name Stephen Kyle, a Literary Guild Selection. Over 500,000 copies of her books have been sold. Before becoming an author, Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career that included leading roles in three TV series and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto and is a popular presenter at writers’ conferences. As a writing mentor, she has launched many writers on the path to published success. Her latest book is Page-Turner: Your Path to Writing a Novel that Publishers Want and Readers Buy. Visit www.BarbaraKyle.com

Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

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