Workshops Galore

September 18, 2012

From chapbooks and comics to poetry and memoir, there are plenty of fantastic workshops at this year’s The Word On The Street Festival; and like the festival, they are all FREE!

Join us on Saturday, September 29, for some excellent workshops at Carnegie Centre, including “Controlling the Means of Production: A Chapbook Workshop” with Mercedes Eng, where you will have the opportunity to  make up to 10 copies of your own 10- to 12-page book. There will also be a great Type-Up event prior to the chapbook workshop where attendees can have their work typed by volunteers. Also at Carnegie Centre will be an environment-themed poetry workshop with Vancouver-based author and activist Christine Leclerc and a live reading workshop with artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival Hal Wake.

Also on Saturday, the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage present “Writing Rights,” a workshop on writing, translation, and copyright, in the Alma VanDusen Room of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.

On the main festival day, Sunday, September 30, you will find plenty more workshops to explore at Library Square. Inside the library in Word Talks and Writing Talks you will find some wonderful writing workshops, including “Memoir Writing” with Naomi Wakan, “How to Write a Love Letter” with Ray Hsu, and “The Practice of Prolific Poetry” with Madeline Sonik. Also inside the library, in The Word Under The Street, there will be comic and cartooning workshops with Gord Hill, Robin Thompson, and Peter Bagge. For families and the creative-minded, check out the Family Literacy Tent and learn how to carve soapstone and make collage buttons. There will also be the opportunity to make pinhole cameras in the Magazine Life Tent during the Sad Mag presentation.

Visit our website or view the festival program for full descriptions of this year’s workshops!


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