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Beyond the First Draft
St. Paul's Anglican Church - St. Matthew's meeting room
Nanaimo, BC
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Beyond the First Draft
This workshop will help you develop skills to explore new avenues for structuring, shaping and re-envisioning your poems while becoming more attuned to the spirit and meaning that your words are striving to express. Time allowing participants will engage in a short writing exercise based on a line or image from the draft poems submitted for the workshop.

Revision is a non-hierarchical process that encourages you to engage in a dialogue with the first draft of your poem. Is there something in your poem that indicates the poem needs to go deeper or change direction? Could the poem benefit from a different form or structure? What is unnecessary scaffolding that detracts or distracts from the poem's intention? Does the poem need to unfold further? Is there perhaps more than one poem hidden within your first draft?

Please submit one poem you would like to discuss by October 23, 2018. Send a word or .pdf file of your work to: with the subject heading: Beyond the First Draft Nanaimo Workshop

You will also need to bring at least ten copies of your work for distribution to fellow participants on the day of the workshop.

About Fiona Tinwei Lam:

Author of two poetry books, Intimate Distances (City of Vancouver Book Prize finalist) and Enter the Chrysanthemum, and the children's book, The Rainbow Rocket, Fiona Tinwei Lam's poetry and prose appear in over 30 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English.   She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer, co-edited the nonfiction anthology Double Lives Writing and Motherhood, and the anthology of nonfiction and poetry, Love Me True: Writers on the Ups and Downs, Ins and Outs of Marriage.  Her video poems have screened at festivals internationally.  Her poems have been aired on CBC radio and twice been selected for BC's Poetry in Transit.  She teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies Department.


St. Paul's Anglican Church - St. Matthew's meeting room (View)
100 Chapel Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H2


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 19
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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