2018 Workshops

The Writing Week with instructor Caroline Adderson

**** Last date to register is June 15th ****

Monday to Friday July 16 – 20, 2018
9:00 – 1:00 daily in the Arts Centre

Price of Workshop:  $350.00
Class limit:  10 participants
For description of this Workshop click here: The Writing Week


 Half-day Workshops

Thursday July 19th, 2:00 – 5:00 at the Community School

Yasuko Thanh:  “Banishing Your Inner Censor”

*** This workshop is now full.  If you wish to be on a cancellation list, please phone registrar Val at 250-335-9145 ****

Class limit:  10

The goal of this workshop is to use the gut with different techniques to generate raw material, to identify “voice”, as well as what hinders us when we have writer’s block.  Is it the fear of not being good enough?  Are we paralysed by what we think “good writing” should sound like?  We’ll learn to “write from the body” using our inner eye, and how to recognize what’s hiding in the depths.  How to treat our work with the same respect we’d give to someone else’s work.  How to shape our raw material into any genre, including prose poems and op-ed pieces … anything goes!  Welcoming writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.


Thursday July 19th, 2:00 – 5:00 at the Community School

Sheri-D Wilson:  ” Spoken Word Map”

Class limit:  10

We will explore the history of Spoken Word.  We will write with our hair on fire.  We will pen-pedal with our paper to the metal.  We will discuss The OutRider/Sider.  And we will play with aspects of bringing it all to performance.


Friday July 20th, 2:00 – 5:00 at the Community School

Geoff Dembicki:  “How to Pitch Your Work to an Editor”

Class limit:  10

This workshop is geared to non-fiction writers who want to get published and paid for their work.  You’ll learn what elements are necessary to grab an editor’s attention … including seemingly arcane details such as email subject lines.  I’ll share stories and lessons from my 10 years of freelance writing.  I’ll explain step by step how I was able to get an op-ed about Donald Trump published in the New York Times shortly after the 2016 US election.  And you’ll get a chance to write a sample pitch to me, followed by a constructive group discussion.  Bring some kind of writing tool:  paper and pen, or laptop etc.


Saturday July 21st, 10:15 – 12:30 at the Arts Centre

Wedlidi Speck    –   “Metaphors We Live By”

*** This workshop is now full.  If you wish to have your name on a cancellation list, please email the Registrar at ***

Class limit:  10

The workshop will examine indigenous metaphor and how metaphor gives shape to cultural discourse.  Wedlidi will walk (metaphorically) with workshop participants on an appreciative journey to discover the richness, importance and value of story, language, orientation of metaphor and placement of story in reconciliation.


Saturday July 21st, 4:30 – 5:45 at the Arts Centre

Book Club Session with Emily St John Mandel and facilitator Caroline Adderson

Session limit:  20

In this interactive session, participants will discuss Emily St John Mandel’s novel, Station Eleven, in the presence of Emily herself, and facilitated by novelist Caroline Adderson who has experience with this concept.  During this approach to engaging author and audience, participants will enjoy the kind of give and take that goes on in a book club.  Attendance is limited to twenty registrants, who will be expected to have read the book before the session.


Cost for Half-Day Workshops is $60; cost for Book Club Session is $20


CANCELLATION POLICY – We regret we cannot reimburse registration fees beyond the week prior to the workshop date.

If you are a resident of Denman Island and a member of Arts Denman you may be eligible for an Art Education Grant