West Coast Writers is pleased to announce our upcoming urban retreat: a day-long intensive with critically acclaimed poet and author, Betsy Warland.

Navigating contradictions, the unknown, or the forbidden in a group of poems or a lyric-prose narrative. 

When our subject inherently has contradictions, unknown or forbidden aspects, how do we write into it, around it, or gesture at it? How do we stay on its erratic or conflicting scent; resist smoothing it out thus leaving the reader out of the visceral quest?

Betsy Warland at her writing desk

Through examples of writing that have accomplished this complexity, exploring techniques that enable exploration, and applying them to 5-10 pages of your own writing, your courage and craft will get a boost.

This urban retreat is an intensive and exploratory space where you can unearth greater comprehension of your previous work and keen your senses to the direction of your future craft.

To prepare and focus you, you will receive a pre-workshop short text to read and a guided writing exercise to do and bring to the workshop. Let this course be the catalyst which guides you to a new level of comprehension and companionship with your work.

We look forward to exploring with you.

March 24th, 10am – 4pm
Dharma Lab
1814 Pandora St.
Vancouver, BC

Investment: $110.00

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