November 28, 2015
9:30 to 3:30
Workshop with Terry Ann Carter

Japanese Literary Forms & Small Book Making
An All-day Workshop with Terry Ann Carter
Poet and paper artist
President of Haiku Canada
Member of Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild

Join Terry Ann Carter for an all-day workshop in Japanese literary forms and book making. Perfect timing for small gift-books and holiday ornamentation! See examples of Terry Ann’s work at  

In the morning session she will lead a writing retreat that explores the rich classical tradition and contemporary expression of haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun.

The afternoon will offer a hands-on workshop in small book making: flutter and origami, mini match box, star. Each participant will leave with five books, to hold the poems created in the morning session.

DATE:  Saturday November 28    TIME: 9:30-3:30
LOCATION: A welcoming home on the scenic Gorge. Address will be supplied.
REGISTRATION:  Maximum 10 participants. 
Please use subject line PEP November workshop to register at  

FEE: $50.00.  A cheque will hold your place.

Light refreshments provided. 

JULY 27, 2015
1 to 4 pm

includes a copy of the book:
The Other 23 1/2 Hours or Everything you wanted to know that your MFA didn’t teach you

The workshop will explore some compositional practices contained in  Catherine’s latest book, The Other 23 1/2 Hours, including: doing short interviews and writing research poems based on them; composing a communal renga and discussing collaboration; looking at  pieces of art and writing ekphrastic poems based on the artwork; talking about multimedia inspiration; and translating poems from their literal versions to poetic ones to show how many possible options there are for translated work. In short, a workshop to show the great variety of techniques and ideas for writing poetry.

Please contact Barbara Pelman to register for this workshop. Catherine Owen is a wonderful and prolific writer, having published ten books of poetry and many essays, articles, translations, and songs. As well, she performs in a rock band.

The first annual Planet Earth Poetry Retreat, held in June 2o15 was a great success. Another retreat is planned for next year. Stay tuned.

FIRST ANNual Planet Earth Poetry Retreat

Deepening Your Poetic Practice
A Poetry Retreat with Jane Munro

This June retreat will focus on participants’ writing practice, supported by mentor-poet Jane Munro. An award-winning poet, and nominee for this year’s Griffin Prize, Jane will lead discussions and provide writing exercises, including a poem to be written before the retreat.

Over the two days, participants will compose a sequence of poems, share work in readings, and have an opportunity for brief one-on-one sessions with Jane. Through writing and revision, poets may find that they are not making, but becoming their poems.

“Going deeper takes us into darkness,” says Jane. “But out of darkness come dreams, fresh creative energy, mysterious ways of knowing. A vaster realm floats beneath the surface of day-to-day thought.  We become visible, to ourselves and to others, when we deepen our practice.”

Date and Times:  Saturday, June 13:  10–5 and Sunday, June 14:  9–3
Location:    A comfy and welcoming home in the Gorge area of Victoria.
Fee: $225.00*  Register early! Your cheque will hold your place. Minimum 8 – maximum 12 participants.

To register or for more information, please email Planet Earth Poetry and use this subject line: PEP poetry retreat.

Poets of all levels are welcome, though an understanding of poetry and some experience of writing poems are helpful.

*Cancellation policy: No refunds after May 23. After that time, a participant who has paid but cannot attend may invite a friend to take her/his place, provided Planet Earth Poetry is notified at least a week in advance.