Laura Apol

Laura Apol

Dr. Laura Apol teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan State University. For more than twenty years, she has led workshops for writers of all skill levels in local, national and international contexts. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of several award-winning collections: Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda (drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi); and, most recently, Nothing but the Blood

This workshop is full. Wait list being taken.

Poetry as a Healing Art: led by Laura Apol

A three-day residential writing intensive
Monday April 22 — Thursday April 25, 2019
Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat Centre

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.  
—Kahlil Gibran

Writers are no strangers to joy or to sorrow.  Our lives contain both, and in abundance.  But when it is joy that sits at our table, most of us are too busy experiencing it to wish to write about it.  Sorrow, though—sorrow often stirs in us a desire to explore or explain, to make sense of, to come to terms with, to weep into, to rage against…  to write. Many writers claim (and research supports) that this sort of writing can have healing properties as we seek to give voice to the difficult events of our lives and to name the pain and injustice we see in the world around us. 

In this workshop, we will read and write pieces that translate hardship into healing and art, thinking about how writing-toward-healing works and what role it can play in our lives. We will read examples, write during our gatherings, work on out-of-gathering assignments, and share our writings as we choose. 

Focusing Themes:

  • Truth-telling: Steering into the Rocks

  • Images as Repositories for Emotion 

  • Speaking Back/Resistance

  • Reimagining / Reclaiming the Story

Cost: 
$900 for single room, includes all meals, breaks, private room 
$750 for shared accommodation, all meals, breaks 

Deposit to hold a place: $100
Balance due: March 15, 2019
Limited registration


Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler

This workshop is full.

WRITING THE LAND: with JENNA BUTLER

WHO?

Jenna Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road (NeWest Press, 2013), Wells(University of Alberta Press, 2012)and Ampelion (NeWest Press, 2010)an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail (Wolsak and Wynn, 2015), and a poetic travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard (University of Alberta Press, 2018). Her new work includes the memoir Revery: A Year of Bees, essays about women, beekeeping, and community building.

WHAT?

In this PEP workshop, we’ll explore how the natural world can provide inspiration for our writing, and the ways in which the lands we carry with us can be both places of belonging and epicentres of disconnection. Drawing from Robert Macfarlane’s lyrical book of essays, Landmarks, we’ll look at creating our own word-hoards for the places we live and the landscapes we carry with us. Writers of all genres and all levels are most welcome. Please come prepared with notebook and pen/pencil.

when and where?

Saturday, February 9, 1:30-4:30. A comfortable private home. Directions will be given upon registration.

HOW TO REGISTER

To register:  Registration will open January 14. 
Please contact Barbara Pelman. Please use this subject line: Jenna Butler workshop
Fee
: $45.00  Your cheque or e-transfer will hold your place. Cheques should be made out to Planet Earth Poetry, e-transfers to pepoetry2@gmail.com
*Cancellation policy: No refunds after Monday, February 4.


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WORKSHOP WITH MICHELINE MAYLOR

Past Poet Laureate of Calgary, Dr. Micheline Maylor teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University. A much-awarded teacher, editor, and poet, her latest book, Little Wildhearts, was longlisted for both the Pat Lowther and the Raymond Souster Awards.

FORMALISM AND THE WITNESS

A three-part workshop tracing  aspects of witnessing:
Cultivating Closeness (close scrutiny to glean detail and create imagery for the reader)
Cultivating the witness (being present, awareness without judgement)
Witnessing the ordinary: (meditative observation, “haiku mind”)

DATE/TIME:  October 20, 2018
from 10:00-2:30 — 3.5 hours plus lunch break

LOCATION: Oak Bay Recreation Centre, small upstairs lounge. 1975 Bee Street. Participants may purchase snacks/lunch/coffee in adjoining rec centre lounge café or go for lunch in nearby restaurants. Please note, no outside food/beverage to be brought in.

registration opens october 1:
Fee: $65

Your $65 cheque or e-transfer will hold your place.
Please make cheque out to Planet Earth Poetry.
E-transfer to pepoetry2@gmail.com

Max. 16 participants. 

To register (through Barbara Pelman), please click here.
Use subject line PEP workshop Micheline Maylor.

WHAT TO BRING: Your favourite writing materials. Photo of hands. Carolyn Forché Anthology if you have one. 


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STORM CATCHING: WRITING IN AND ABOUT HARD TIMES

What?  A PEP WRITING WORKSHOP WITH laura apol

When?  10am – 3pm  |  Saturday, april 7, 2018

Where?  A comfortable private residence. Please bring a bag lunch and your own cup. Registrants will be given directions

About

Writers often use writing to give voice to the difficulties in their lives, but also to name the pain and injustice they see in the world around them. In this workshop, we will read and write pieces that translate hardship into healing and art.

Laura Apol teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan State University. For more than twenty years, she has led creative writing workshops in local, national and international contexts for writers of all skill levels. She is the author of several award-winning collections of her own poems, including Falling into Grace (1998), and Crossing the Ladder of Sun (2004). Requiem, Rwanda (2015) was drawn from her work that used writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi.

To register, please contact Barbara Pelman.
**Please use subject line: Laura Apol Workshop

MONEY MATTERS:
Fee: $65
Your $65 cheque will hold your place.
Please make cheque out to Planet Earth Poetry.
E-transfer to pepoetry2@gmail.com
Cancellation policy: No refunds after Tuesday, April 3.

OTHER STUFF:
Dress comfortably.  Bring favourite pens, notebooks, writing materials; be prepared for quick handwriting exercises. Bring bag lunch.


Join us for a workshop with poet and teacher Susan Stenson.

Join us for a workshop with poet and teacher Susan Stenson.

WITH FRENZIED MOUTH

What?  A PEP WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SUSAN STENSON

When?  10 – 2|  Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where?  A comfortable private residence. Registrants will be given directions

For Whom?  For new writers, you’ll have a chance to hit the ground running. For those with more experience, we'll focus on juxtaposition, navigating narrative for constructive leaps, celebrating surprise and withholding through image, line break and rhythm.

For information and registration please contact Barbara Pelman at barbarapelman@gmail.com.

Please use subject line: SUSAN STENSON WORKSHOP

MONEY MATTERS:
Your $60 cheque will hold your place.
Please make cheque out to Planet Earth Poetry.
E-transfer to pepoetry2@gmail.com
Cancellation policy: No refunds after October 16.

OTHER STUFF:
Dress comfortably.  Bring favourite pens, notebooks, writing materials; be prepared for quick handwriting exercises. Bring bag lunch.

 


Writing & Environmental Witness
a retreat led by jan zwicky

April 23 – 28, 2017
Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat Centre

Writing & Environmental Witness is a multi-genre intensive designed to support writers working on the front lines of environmental witness. Witness is exemplified in actions like those of Vedran Smailovic, “the cellist of Sarajevo,” who played elegies in the ruined buildings of his city during the siege in the early ’90s. It is an attempt to give accurate voice to the moral, emotional and aesthetic dimensions of a catastrophe, as well as to the facts; and thus it speaks human truth to faceless technocratic power. Environmental witness can take almost any form in writing, from haiku to five-volume histories; its emotional tone can range from grief to celebration, from terror to serenity, from rage to joy. Its essence is a serious engagement with the natural world which unfolds within an acknowledgment – oblique or direct – of damage to or lack or care for that world. Each participant will present work-in–progress and consult one-on-one with the presenter to develop a reading list relevant to their project.

The workshop begins Sunday afternoon April 23 and concludes Friday morning April 28.

Because enrolment is limited the application process involves submitting a writing sample of your environmental writing for review and acceptance. Participants will be notified on February 20, 2017 of their acceptance. To receive the full prospectus and workshop outline please EMAIL Planet Earth Poetry and put Writing Intensive in the subject line. 

Cost including accommodation and meals (Sunday dinner to Friday breakfast):
Single room/person        $1547.35
Shared room/person        $1228.25