Upcoming Workshops

RCLAS is famous for its workshops — our facilitators are top-notch and their impact is phenomenal. Don’t miss out!

These sessions are aimed at both writers and fans of literature. On average, RCLAS runs two workshops a month, alternating between a weekend and a weekday offering. Costs are extremely reasonable — and even better if you’re an RCLAS member!


In this workshop attendees will learn the value of being a great reader of poetry. Great writers, from Dickenson to Cohen, were readers first, and writers second. They understood the value of learning the craft through inspiration: to do great work is to know great work. As writers we aspire to achieve the best kind of writing. In order for us to succeed in this task we need to be exposed to, and understand, what makes writing great.

Through examples of accomplished poets I will introduce each workshop attendee to the quality of writing they should be striving for. I will also give specific and detailed examples of how great writers have inspired and informed my writing.

Provided will be a list of poets, both modern and contemporary, to research, plus free resources for attendees to go home and peruse online.

 Aidan Chafe is the author of the poetry chapbooks Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press, 2017) and Sharpest Tooth (Anstruther Press, 2016). His poetry has appeared in journals such as Cordite Poetry Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Eastlit, Scrivener Creative Review and UnLost. Aidan is a Director of the Royal City Literary Arts Society.

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Anosh Irani has published three critically acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, which was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. His work has been translated into eleven languages. His new novel, The Parcel, is published by Knopf. It was recently chosen as one of the “Books of the Year” by the Quill and Quire and the Globe and Mail, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

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Call for Workshop Proposals for 2017
Submissions accepted until January 31, 2017

Royal City Literary Arts Society is seeking proposals for exciting interactive workshops to take place in New Westminster in 2017. Selected workshops will be scheduled in 2017 for either predetermined weekday evenings (7:00-9:00 pm) at the New Westminster Public Library, Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery at Queen’s Park (Centennial Lodge) or for a Saturday afternoon at the local MLA office (with a pre-booked audience).

Proposals should be centered on the art of writing; successful proposals will spark interest in either a wide variety of learning writers or in a highly-engaged niche. Topics may include (but, are not limited to) the business of writing, prompts, screen & stage, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Please include the following when submitting a proposal:

  1. Title
  2. Presenter’s name, brief bio (50-100 words), relevant CV (this may include references, testimonials, or video clips, particularly if working with RCLAS for the first time), and   photograph
  3. Workshop description (250 words or less)
    * Please emphasize audience participation and interaction
  1. Workshop objectives
  2. Equipment needed. These are limited to:
  • NWPL: Multi-media projector, laptop, DVD player, slide projector, flipchart, whiteboard, blackboard, felt pens, dry erase markers, chalk, Wi-Fi
  • ACNW: Multi-media projector, whiteboard, dry erase markers, Wi-Fi
  • MLA: Whiteboard, dry erase markers, small size flipchart, felt pens, Wi-Fi
  1. Marketing suggestions and insights

Presenters will be paid for their work on an honourary basis. To submit, or to seek more information, please email secretary(at)rclas(dot)com with the subject line “Workshop Proposal”.

Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Submit early! We will be booking appropriate workshops as they come in until all slots are full.

Royal City Literary Arts Society: http://rclas.com