21 February 2015

March 1 Poetry Boot Camp in Toronto!

I haven't run one of my Poetry Boot Camps since July of last year. My new poetry book, coming out this spring from DC Books, A Hamburger In A Gallery, is comprised mostly of poems I wrote in the Boot Camp and other of my workshops.

I'm pleased, finally, to be bringing the Boot Camp back to Toronto!

Sunday, March 1, 10 am – 5 pm (45-minute lunch break
Christie/Dupont area
$95 includes materials and snacks
Spaces are limited: register now by prepaying for the session.
Write razovsky [at] gmail [dot] com

This relaxed but productive workshop for beginning poets, experienced poets, stalled poets, and haikuists who want to get beyond three lines is a Toronto institution! Poetry Boot Camp focuses on the pleasures of poetry and the riches that spontaneity brings, through lively directed writing strategies. You will write in ways you’d never imagined. Even if you’ve taken the Boot Camp before, you’ll be introduced to many new adventures in poetry. I have a lot of fresh strategies up my sleeve! As always: arrive with an open mind, and leave with a writhing heap of new poems!


Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, and writing coach who has been leading workshops for over two decades across the country. His most recent poetry collections include Our Days In Vaudeville (Mansfield Press, 2013) and You Exist. Details Follow. (Anvil Press 2012). This spring DC Books released Stuart ninth collection, A Hamburger In A Gallery.
He has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, the Alberta Book Award, and four times for the ReLit Prize; his story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009) won him the coveted ReLit ring in 2010, and his novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew won him the Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish Theme. You Exist. Details Follow. received the only prize given to an English-language book by l’Académie de la Littéraire au Tournant du 21e Siècle.

Stuart was Fiction & Poetry Editor at This Magazine for eight years, and is editor at Mansfield Press, where he has his own imprint. Books he has edited have been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize (twice!), the Governor General’s Award, the Toronto Book Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. One of the books he edited won the 2013 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario.


"Excellent! Stretched my horizons of interpretation. Experienced new ways of writing."
"Loved this workshop: diversity of strategies, good sense of timing in writing/reading."
"Liked the size of the group, the diversity, the books on the table, acceptance, respect, sense of adventure."
"I liked being introduced to so many new poets and new ideas."
"Excellent! Challenging! Fun! Very helpful and essential."
"This workshop reminded me of the importance of challenging myself with my own writing."
"Thanks — just what I needed to break my writing slump."

Over and out.