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.

Please note RCLAS will be rescheduling Alan Hill’s workshop “Exploring the Poetry of Place” due to it coinciding with the Celebration of the Life of Tony Antonias on Sat Feb 23 at 2pm at Massey Theatre.

We cannot give you a new date at this time.

It might be March 2 or April 13. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date to announce.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.
– RCLAS Board

alan hill place workshop feb 23 2019

RCLAS Writing Workshop: “Exploring the Poetry of Place” 

Facilitator:  Alan Hill
Date: Saturday Feb 23, 2019
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Anvil Centre, Rm #417

Close to New West Skytrain Station. Wheelchair Accessible.

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

(Payment available online starting January 26. )

Pre-register at secretary [at] rclas dot [com]

Description: Come and explore and experience the power of writing about the significant places in your life. Create poetry that explores significant locations that are important to you and your life in our community. Improve your poetry writing skills and find out more about your City and the places that are important to the people that live here. Maybe that important place is your local park, store, café or historic site, or maybe it is a place that is much more personal to you? Come and share, create and learn.

Poetry of place is poetry which values locales, which sees and lets the reader experience what makes a place unique amongst places. Much contemporary poetry focuses on psychological states, feelings, intellectual concepts, or language play totally devoid of reference to the real, lived, sensually experienced and infinitely varied physical world. Poetry of place may focus on such interior subjects, but it lets us experience them more profoundly and more authentically because they’re rooted in a specific time and place.

Bio: Alan Hill is the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster and RCLAS President. Alan is the author of The Narrow Road to the Far West: Travelling New Westminster by Postcard (Silver Bow Publishing 2018). He has published three collections of poetry in addition to being published in over forty literary magazines and periodicals across Europe and North America.

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Our next workshop …

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RCLAS presents: “Fit to Print and Fold: a Chapbook Workshop”
Facilitator: Kevin Spenst
Date: Saturday March 23, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Anvil Centre, 4th Floor
Close to New West Skytrain Station. Wheelchair Accessible.

Workshop Fees: RCLAS Members $15/Non-members $25
plus an additional $12 cash for chapbook supplies payable at workshop.

Pre-register at secretary at rclas [dot] com

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Description: A chapbook can be an important stage as you move towards the publication of a larger manuscript or it can constitute an end unto itself as a unique process and vehicle of expression.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will explore a variety of individual and group writing exercises designed to create new poetry and prose. After experimenting with prompts along with a variety of writing materials, participants will explore some of the diverse forms that chapbooks can take. In the last part of the class, we’ll cut, paste, fold and collage uniquely conceived chapbooks that give full expression to the heart of your writing. Bring your favourite pen or pencil, a playful spirit, and get ready to witness your words transformed into books.

Bio: Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong, (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham) and most recently Upend (Frog Hollow Press).

His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including, the Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, BafterC, Lemon Hound, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. In 2020, a third full-length book of poetry will be coming out with Anvil Press.

Note: please add the name of your workshop to the paypal order if a comment line is available to you.

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