April 22

13 Ways of Looking at a Rewrite

Dig deep. Somewhere in your distant past, perhaps when your Muse was in its infancy, you wrote a lousy poem. You hid it from friends and family. Was there a kernel of an idea worth salvaging -- perhaps even a great poem lurking? Bring it along, or just come to listen.

Sylvia Adams

Sylvia Adams is the author of a novel, two poetry collections and a children's book. A workshop facilitator and book reviewer, she is a founding member of Ottawa's Field Stone Poets. She recently won the Aesthetica international poetry competition for the second consecutive year. She was Tree's Director from 1991 to 1993.
May 13

Tanka, Very Much

A look at contemporary tanka.

Luminita Suse

Luminita Suse is a member of the Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, Tanka Society of America, The League of Canadian Poets. One of her poems was shortlisted for 2010 Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Her poetry has appeared in Bywords Quarterly Journal, Ditch Poetry, The New Stalgica Hymnal, The Broken City, Moonbathing: A Journal of Women's Tanka, Gusts, Atlas Poetica, Magnapoets, Red Lights, Ribbons, A Hundred Gourds, Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka 2010-2011, Prune Juice, Notes from the Gean, and others.
May 27

French Canadian Poetry

A look at French-Canadian Poetry

Stephen Brockwell

Brockwell has given poetry workshops and reading in and around Ottawa. His 4th collection released in 2013 is Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books.
June 10

Round tabling your poems

Round tabling poems with John Steffler. Bring in a short poem (under 40 lines) that you want feedback on.

John Steffler

Award-winning poet and novelist, and former Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada.
June 24



Bruce Taylor

A two-time winner of the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry, Bruce is author of four books of poetry.

More about Tree Seed Workshops


Since 2009, Tree has been offering a series of one-hour poetry workshops that are free to anyone who wishes to attend. They are held in the usual Tree venue between 6:45 and 7:45 on regular Tree evenings with doors opening at 6:30. Bring a pen and paper.


PAST Sessions


Phil Jenkins on readability, Jenna Tenn-Yuk on negotiating the complexities of your identity & on facing fears, Pierre Brault on comparison of poetry and stand-up comedy, Bruce Taylor on using sound's power of euphony and cacophony looking at close reads from Edith Sitwell to Charles Olsen, Stephen Morrissey to Mary Oliver, Louis Dudek to Derek Walcott, and a look at nonsense and riddle verse, Claudia Radmore on linking and shifting the tone and content in renga, John Steffler roundtabled poems of participants, Jenny Sampirisi on hybrid texts that cross genres looking at Beckett, Cixous, Anne Carson and John Cage, John Koengen on stage presence, using your breath, being in your body, Gwynn Scheltema with an intro to OULIPO such as The N + 7 Exercise and homophonic translation, Brandon Wint on imagery and sensuality, Christine McNair on the material of books: how to choose paper and the group doing a few bindings, Stuart Ross on poem techniques after Joe Brainard, Bruce Kauffman on guided stream of consciousness, Cathy MacDonald-Zytveld with 10 writing prompts and exercise with projecting your voice, Jeff Latosik on switching the POV of classic poems; Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Lotus Eaters" made contemporary, Lesley Strutt roundtabling a discussion of the challenges of translating poetry, Jay MillAR on the long poem with examples of Christopher Dewdney and others in The New Long Poem Anthology,  Brenda Leifso doing how-poems-work in magical realism, Ian Keteku with exercises to extend a metaphor and finding fresh phrasings, Monty Reid on the connection between place and poetry, mapping and the muse, making a poetry map of Ottawa,  Robin Macdonald on yoga body/mind listening in finding your direction as a poet, Roland Prevost round tabling our motivations for writing, LM Rochefort on the bilingual poem, Imagistes, cut up poetry, collage poetry and techniques for projecting your voice, Jennifer Pederson on how to use different kinds of mics, Guy Simser on tanka's developments overseas and in North America, Barbara Myers on pov; alienated insiders or as outsiders wanting in, and close reads of poems to consider syntax work for you, Ikenna Onyegbula teaching strucure and memory techniques in spoken word, Terry Ann Carter on glosas of women writers, Akiko Yosano, beat poets including Gary Snyder, and using found text, Cameron Anstee looking at the personal poem and the list poem with examples from Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan and Jim Smith, Mike Buckthought on ancient Greek epigrams, Glenn Kletke on stanza types and effects of line breaks and stanza breaks on sense, Phil Hall on triptychs, Sandra Ridley on linear vs. oblique and risk vs. silence, Pearl Pirie on frames of poetic values, sestinas, combining the material of disparate poems, use of space & punctuation, and round tabling poems brought in rob mclennan on writing from language and from other writers from PENN sound, Claudia Coutu Radmore on the beauty of juxtaposition and a look at senryu, and Ronnie R Brown on using line and stanza breaks to enhance your poetry, and on finding an effective title.




The sessions provide a time and space for people  to talk about poetic practice and techniques, a close read of how poems can work, why poetry works and how to present ideas.


The time can deepen each participant's foundations and widen the explorations of our poetry community to become better readers, writers and editors.


Developing organically, each facilitator acts as a unique catalyst, bringing a special angle and passion on craft and practice in poetry. Most provide examples and/or exercises for the focus subject, technique, poet or poetry school. Some are hands-on. Some sessions are presenter-presentations. Some session are time for getting more eyes on a piece brought in to share or made in the time (with safe group feedback).  




We're looking for feedback on how we've been doing. As someone who has attended a Tree Seed Workshop would you like to fill in the 10-question survey?
It should take no more than 5 minutes.