Past 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 a workshop a month. Costs are extremely reasonable — and even better if you’re an RCLAS member.

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RCLAS Writing Workshop: “ The Art of the Response”
Facilitator:  Shazia Hafiz Ramji    Reserve your spot:
Date: Saturday June 30, 2018
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Anvil Centre, Room 411A, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Workshop Fees: RCLAS Members $15/Non-members $25

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Description: In The Art of the Response we will discover our stories using techniques of response. Participants will be introduced to practices of attention using sources such overheard conversations, news, and memory. For the first part of the workshop, we will look at a short scene from a book of fiction that can also be easily applied to non-fiction as well. We will have a roundtable discussion to analyze the structure. After analysis, we will respond to the structure by doing a freewrite on “scene.” This process encourages a response to oneself by recognizing experiences of change and transformation that can form a foundation for beginning fiction and non-fiction. By the end of this exercise, we will understand how to use the material of our reactions, thoughts, and feelings to create responses in scenes for fiction and non-fiction. For the second part of the workshop, we will discuss ekphrastic writing: writing in response to art. We will have a roundtable discussion and freewrite to generate a list of impressions. Then, we will apply the “scene” structure from the first part of the workshop to create a narrative ekphrastic poem. By the end of this workshop, participants will understand how to use techniques of response and attention to apply the basic structure of narrative in stories and poems

Bio: Shazia Hafiz Ramji received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 8 Alberta Magazine Awards and the National Magazine Awards. Her writing has recently been longlisted for The Fiddlehead’s short fiction prize and has appeared in Quill & Quire, Metatron’s ALPHA, and Hamilton Arts & Letters. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press, 2017) and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing in fall 2018.

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