Tuesday, April 18, 2006

new session of poetry workshops with rob mclennan

If anyone is interested, I'm putting together a new series of poetry workshops for spring/summer (as soon as the writers festival is over) on mostly Mondays, a Tuesday & then another Monday: May 8, 15, 29; June 12, 19, 26, July 4 & 10. The workshops will take place at Collected Works Bookstore, Wellington & Holland, Ottawa, 7-9pm (around both bookstore & my wacky schedules). or 613 239 0337 for more information on collected works;

an eight week poetry workshop, the course will start with a focus on workshopping the writing of the participants, as well as reading various works by contemporary writers, both Canadian & American. the end-goal of the course will be a collective chapbook publication. participants should be prepared to have a handful of work completed before the beginning of the first class, to be workshopped.

rob mclennan is a prolific writer, editor, critic & visual artist living in Ottawa. the author of eleven poetry collections, most recently name , an errant (Stride). the author of over 4 dozen poetry chapbooks, he has published poetry, fiction & critical work in journals, newspapers & anthologies in eight countries, & read in three. in 1999, he won the Canadian Authors Association / Air Canada Prize for the most promising writer (in any genre) in Canada under the age of 30. the editor of the cauldron books series through Broken Jaw Press, he is the editor of numerous anthologies, including side/lines: a new canadian poetics (Insomniac Press), You & Your Bright Ideas: New Montreal Writing (with Andy Brown, Vehicule Press) & Groundswell: the best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press). the editor/publisher of above/ground press & STANZAS magazine since 1993, he has produced roughly 500 items under the above/ground press logo. with Stephen Brockwell, he edits poetics.ca, an on-line journal of contemporary poetics, & by himself, the online poetry annual ottawater, & a blog of reviews & other writing at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

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