Poetry for the Terrified

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Date(s) - 15 Aug 2015 until 15 Aug 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Shatford Centre


Instructor: Michelle Barker

If you’ve always wanted to write poetry but find yourself immobilized by the prospect;

If your school experience of poetry left you bored to tears;

If you think poetry is full of secret meanings and no one taught you the code…

Fear not. This hands-on multi-media workshop will lead you gently towards the poetic – and what you find there might surprise you. It’s not terrifying, and it’s not boring or impossible to understand. We will look at the importance of being specific in our writing, and of engaging the senses. We will examine the nuts and bolts of stanzas and lines. Mostly we will write, and read wonderful poems (including our own!) Exercises will include haiku, free verse poems, and the experimental.

All skeptics welcome. Some previous writing experience would be an asset but is not required. Come prepared to write.

Ages 15 and up: $45

Register in person, by phone at 250-770-7668, or online at www.osarts.com.

Michelle Barker is an award-winning author and poet with fiction, non-fiction and poetry published in literary reviews around the world. Her debut novel, YA fantasy The Beggar King, was published in 2013 by Thistledown Press, and Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii in 2012 by Leaf Press. Michelle works as an editor and recently completed an MFA in creative writing. She is excited about sharing her knowledge and experience with other writers. www.michellebarker.ca

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