20 October 2011

Hands On Poems: A Critiquing Workshop

It's been a busy workshop season for me. And there is still space available in a two-day critiquing workshop I’m offering at the end of this month, in Toronto, presented by Mansfield Press.

If you’re interesting in registering for it, please contact me very soon. All the information is just below.

And here are some comments from participants of a different workshop (Plotless Fiction) I led this past weekend:

• “Every part challenged me to try and do something I would not normally do. There is some very neat work lurking outside my comfort zone.”
• “Really terrific workshop — best 8 hours of the year!”
• “Thanks for the playfulness and restoring my sense of humour toward writing!”
• “Helpful strategies! I can already see how the approaches will help me break new creative ground.”’
• “I got a ton of new ideas from the writing and discussion, even above and beyond the strategies we used. Can’t wait to write more like this!”
• “A fine, inspiring workshop. It renewed my interest in writing’s possibilities.”
• “I loved the welcoming environment. I’m leaving with so many ideas.”
• “I find these workshops so productive. What a delight!”


Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, noon – 5 pm
Dupont/Symington area

Fee: $125 includes materials and light snacks.
Space is limited.

Prepayment guarantees your spot. To register, write Stuart at .

Poet and editor Stuart Ross leads a two-day workshop on critiquing poems. The ability to see what works and what doesn’t in one’s own poem is a crucial part of the writing practice. A writer can learn a great deal about editing and revising her own poems by honing her critiquing skills on the works of others. For this session, each participant will submit four to six poems in advance; the poems will be distributed to the participants before the workshop. Each day, poems by all of the writers will be examined and discussed. The critiquing will be punctuated by rapid writing projects that encourage new ways of looking at poetry.

Stuart Ross is the author of eleven books, including six collections of poetry, three of which were shortlisted for major awards: Farmer Gloomy’s New Hybrid (shortlisted for the 2000 Trillium Book Prize), I Cut My Finger (shortlisted for the 2008 ReLit Poetry Award), and Dead Cars in Managua (shortlisted for the 2009 ReLit Poetry Award). His short-story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog was shortlisted for the Alberta Publishers Award and the Alberta Readers Choice Award, and won the 2010 ReLit Short Fiction Award. His recent plotless novel, Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, has received rave reviews in Canada and the U.S. Stuart has been teaching workshops across Canada for over two decades. He has edited poetry books for Mansfield Press (where he has his own imprint), Pedlar Press, ECW Press, BookThug, McGilligan Books, and Insomniac Press. Stuart is also the Fiction & Poetry Editor at This Magazine. His seventh collection of poetry is due out from Anvil Press in spring 2012.


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