Royal City Literary Arts Society is happy to present:
“A Chapbook in a Week” with facilitator Cynthia Sharp

5 SESSIONS FREE ONLINE every day from 1PM – 4 PM (Pacific Time)
Monday to Friday – August 9,10,11,12,13 on ZOOM.  
Join the entire 15-Hour Intensive Workshop  OR jump in for one or two sessions
Register by email

Cynthia’s Chapbook in a Week Summer Poetry Bootcamp will offer participants a chance to focus intensely over five days to create a body of work for literary journals.

We’ll roll up our sleeves and get down to business responding to prompts, studying contemporary and classic poets for structure and inspiration, then polish the works we create together.

This is your week to take yourself seriously as a poet, to give it your all and see what you’re capable of!
We’ll be working at an intermediate level but poets at all levels are welcome.

Cynthia Sharp is a well-known and respected poet, poetry coach, author, editor and educator
based in Vancouver.

With twenty years experience teaching and tutoring language arts, creative writing and English
as a second language, Cynthia’s positive energy and compassionate approach to learner centered
education make her sensory writing and editing workshops for the literary community a huge hit.
She is sought out regularly as a workshop leader, panelist and author presenter for organizations
such as the Canadian Authors Association, the Federation of BC Writers, the Burnaby Writers
Association, Girl Guide groups and college and high school classes, as well as a guest lecturer in
the Simon Fraser University Writers Studio. She regularly coaches grade 12 writing students
from Fraser Academy as part of their work placement component to graduate.

Cynthia loves to organize and host events, helping communities, individuals and partners in the
literary world connect. As the Greater Vancouver Regional Rep for the Federation of BC Writers,
she organized a highly successful 2018 Books Alive publishing fair in conjunction with the
Vancouver Public Library, which Jamie Broadhurst of Raincoast Books, one of the panelists,
called “impeccably organized” in his thank you note. As a regional rep, she also facilitated
quarterly local Meet ’n’ Greets,!book launches, readings and joint events with other art
communities such as Artists Helping Artists (AHA) in Burnaby. In 2017 she organized and
hosted a satellite version of the Denver Poesic Fest poetry and music gathering, broadcast live
from the Tipper Restaurant in Vancouver, featuring performers from around British Columbia.
Cynthia is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, as well as The Writers’ Union of
Canada and was the City of Richmond, British Columbia’s 2019 Writer in Residence. She
regularly judges contests, such as the 2020 Pandora’s Collective International Poetry Contest.
Her poetry has been published and broadcast internationally in journals such as CV2, Friday’s
Poems, Haiku Journal, Lantern Magazine and untethered and is used in classrooms through the
world. She studied creative writing at York University and the Simon Fraser University Writer’s
Studio, and is currently a grad student at Goddard College, where she is on the editorial team of
The Pitkin Review. Her resource book How to Write Poetry, with over 60 five star reviews on
Amazon, was named Best Poetry Ebook by Book Authority, a list featured on CNN.


RCLAS presents “Phase II: Writing the Heroine’s/Hero’s Journey”   

Facilitator: Carol Johnson

Date: Saturday June 5, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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Registrants will be emailed the workshop ZOOM link.

Workshop Fee Via PayPal: $5 members/$10 Non-members

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In this Workshop, we will further explore the art of storytelling using concepts from Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey. Vogler’s work is, of course, based on Joseph Campbell’s study of myth and mythology. In this session, we will explore the vital role of conflict as it relates to a character’s growth and propels stories forward.

In this workshop, we will look at the 7 types of conflict as well as the relationship between conflict and tension.

As with Phase I of the Heroines/Hero’s Journey, the emphasis will be on character development: without change, there is no story. What might encourage a character to leave the familiar, travel into the unknown, and return renewed?

Have your notebooks and pens ready!


Click on the link (donation) on the right side of the page to pay the workshop fee using Paypal, Debit or Credit. When you click on the link the page should open to an active page with the words – Donate to Royal City Literacy Arts Society.

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 members.