Sawmill workshops

Toward a Unified Theory of Space and Time – Facilitated by Chris Jennings

This 9th Sawmill workshop explores three things centred on thinking about space and time as units of composition in poetry. First, we’ll talk about the ways in which the poem on the page can take advantage of what we see as much as what we read; second, we’ll talk about the poem’s appeal to the ear, especially when performed as an event in time; and last, we’ll talk about the possibilities available in exploring a link between the two in composing a poem. Workshop participants are invited to bring up to three poems of their own that they are willing to have “radically” workshopped by allowing other participants to alter the approach to space and time with an emphasis on exploring possibilities and options rather than attempting to improve the original. We’ll use a well-known public domain poem as a test subject to give people the flavour of the exercise.

The workshop will be held in the basement at Black Squirrel books, at 5:00 pm, and the cost is $5.

 

Raising Your Voice – Facilitated by Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke.

In the 8th Sawmill Workshop, Clarke will lead participants in exploring exercises designed to increase the authenticity and individuality of their poetry. Please bring paper/pens or keyboards to carry out the exercises.

As always, the workshop is held upstairs at Pour Boy (495 Somerset Street West) and the cost is $5. Or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included!

We extend our sincere thanks to the Library of Parliament for facilitating George’s participation in this workshop and reading!

 

 

Sharpened Vision: Imagery in Poetry

Michael Mirolla will facilitate the 7th Sawmill workshop (and first of the new year) on January 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm!

If you want to write poems that are more powerful, concrete and resonant, please join us. In this workshop, we will focus on visuality in poetry and discuss the poetic image in its broad range of modes. Please bring in one or two of your own poems, which will be critiqued in workshop. You will leave with a clearer idea on how to write poems that are vivid and precise, and with an abundance of new ways to approach your poetry.

In the second half, you will also gain insight into the world of publishing from the perspective of a publisher and obtain a thorough understanding of the submission process. A broad range of topics will be covered, from adhering to submission periods and guidelines to preparing your proposal and manuscript in order to have the best shot at publication.

As always, the workshop is held upstairs and the cost is $5. Or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included!

 

“col·lab·o·ra·tion”

Join us on December 21st at 5:00 pm for the latest Sawmill workshop on collaboration, facilitated by Chris Johnson and Marilyn Irwin, just before the reading!

As always, the cost of the workshop is $5, or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!

 

The New Skid of Ink’s Quiddity or The Old Squid of Think’s Iniquity: A Workshop

The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master!

This engaging workshop explores a range of poetic explorations and impromptus designed to generate writing outside the blocks and beyond the entrenched brainlines. Participants will flither or sly forth with a clutch of new work. Of particular focus will be how one word can become another. Also considered: if a word were a cell would it necessarily have a cell wall? Would a thought?

The cost of the workshop is $5, or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!

 

Text Tongue Torque

Our fourth Sawdust Sawmill Workshop, “Text Tongue Torque,” will be facilitated by the incredible sound poet Steven Ross Smith. This workshop will focus on orality and the materiality of language—its sounds, textures, constructions in poetry and prose forms.

Learn from a true craftsperson for only $5, or opt for the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!

Ariadne’s Thread

We are so excited to present our third Sawdust Sawmill, taking place on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:00 pm! Frances Boyle will facilitate this two-hour workshop.

Ariadne’s Thread is a workshop on finding your way into and through the writing labyrinth. Hesitations and false starts can often stall you, and keep you from getting a first draft on the page. Frances will explore various prompts to dodge that inner critical voice hindering your “wild mind”, and will lead the group through a few surprising ways to tap into your creative vein.

Please join us for a spot of dinner and some deep thought! The cost of the workshop is $5. The Sawmill Package is also available for $20, which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!

Poetry After Writing: What Do We Do Now?

Our second Sawdust Workshop on July 20th, 2016, was run by J.C. Bouchard and took eight poets from varying literary backgrounds through the life of poems after they’re written. Bouchard led a group discussion on the writing process, revision, publication, performance, and suprises! Group members shared and received feedback on their work.

The fee for the workshops has been lowered to $5, collected at the door. For $20, get the Sawmill package which includes the cost of the workshop plus any meal and drink off the regular Pour Boy menu, including tax and tip. We look forward to seeing you at future workshops!

Sawdust is proud to present our first workshop in the Sawmill Series.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, between 17:00 and 19:00, Dane Swan will facilitate a two-hour workshop bridging the worlds of page poetry and spoken word.

The page, the stage (and everything in between)

Promoting his new book of poetry, “A Mingus Lullaby” (Guernica Editions), Dane Swan shares the tools and lessons he’s learned from writing both page and spoken word poetry. While sharing the lessons he’s learned from both schools of poetry, participants will be encouraged to write, discuss, edit and share their own personal poems.

The workshop fee is $10. Also available is the Sawmill Package for $25, which includes the cost of the workshop as well as any meal and any drink from the Pour Boy menu (tax and tip included). Fees collected at the door.

We hope to see you there for this fantastic learning opportunity!

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