The ancient tradition of writing poetry in given forms such as sonnet, glosa, haiku and sestina is creating new excitement among Canadian writers. Even those used to writing prose may find that playing with words within strict guidelines can work magic on mundane language, partly through form’s emphasis on sound – repetition, rhythm and rhyme – and partly through its promise of utter freedom within constraints. Working in forms can give writing a lyric jolt that takes places you never knew you could go.
Kate Braid has written, co-written, edited and co-edited 15 books of poetry and creative non-fiction. She co-edited with Sandy Shreve both editions of the ground-breaking anthology of Canadian formal poetry, In Fine Form (Caitlin Press,2005, 2016). Her poetry has won or been short-listed for various prizes including the Pat Lowther, Vancity and BC BookPrizes. Her most recent book of poetry is Elemental, and of non-fiction is Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman.
16+ | $30
Participants should have these items on hand to have a successful workshop: paper and pen/pencil.