British Columbia's Community of Writers
Join Al Rempel and Kerry Gilbert for a day of discovery and learning! The day will feature 2 workshops and an open mic later in the evening.
The event is free, except for your time; that is invaluable!
The link you receive will be valid for both the workshops and the open mic.
Workshop Digital Doors Open at 12:45
Workshops 1:00PM to 3:40 PM (breaks included)
Open Mic Digital Doors open at 6:15PM
Open Mic Event Starts at 6:30PM
Retorquing Your Poetry: How to Give Your Poems Power
When should you break a line? What word will you land on? Begin with? In this session we will be exploring what gives force to poems. We'll discuss some different types of torque and look at where they give energy to a poem. Participants will be invited to bring their own poems to work on.
being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center
How do you find the interior of an idea? How do you find the center of a poem? In an interview for CBC, writer Eve Joseph says: “Two pieces of writing advice that stay with me are both from the late American poet Jane Kenyon, who said, 'Read good books, have good sentences in your ears.' And although I no longer know where I read it, I'm sure it was Kenyon who advised writers to apply the 'So what?' test to whatever they write. I do this all the time and, most often, what I write doesn't pass the test.”
In this workshop, we are going to work on finding the interior of an idea/of a poem and then we will put it through the “so what?” test to push our work closer toward a center.