01 February 2008

A one-day poetry-writing holiday!

I'm offering a Poetry Boot Camp in Toronto this month, and here are the details. If you know anyone who might be interested, please spread the word.

I've had people come to the Boot Camp having never written a poem, and others who had several books under their belts. And I've gotten good feedback all-round and have had many repeat participants.

Saturday, February 23, 10 am to 5 pm (includes lunch break)
Christie & Dupont

Fee: $75 (advance registration required - please email hunkamooga[at]sympatico[dot]ca for payment options)
Includes materials and light refreshments.
Enrolment limited to 12 participants.

Poet, editor and writing instructor Stuart Ross offers an intensive but relaxed one-day workshop for beginning poets, experienced poets, stalled poets, and haikuists who want to get beyond three lines. Poetry Boot Camp focuses on the pleasures of poetry and the riches that spontaneity brings, through lively directed exercises and relevant readings from the works of poets from Canada and abroad. Stuart also touches on revision, collaboration, and publication. Arrive with an open mind, and leave with a heap of new poems and writing strategies!

Stuart Ross is the author of five full-length poetry collections, including the acclaimed I Cut My Finger (Anvil, 2007) and Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected (ECW, 2003). He is the editor of Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under The Influence (Mercury, 2004), the Poetry & Fiction Editor for This Magazine, and Poetry Editor for Mansfield Press. Stuart's other books include Confessions Of A Small Press Racketeer (Anvil, 2005) and Henry Kafka & Other Stories (Mercury, 1996). In spring 2008, DC Books will launch its Punchy Poetry imprint with his new collection, Dead Cars In Managua.

Stuart has been active in the Canadian poetry scene for more than 30 years. He is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and has appeared at festivals across the country, including the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Banff-Calgary WordFest, Vancouver Jewish Book Fair, Words in Whitby, Ashkenaz Festival of Yiddish Culture, and MayWorks. He has taught writing to adults and teens for over a decade, and was the 2005 writer in residence for the Writers' Circle of Durham Region. Visit his online home at www.hunkamooga.com.


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