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. Each series of workshops will be led by a different facilitator.
Past facilitators and foci have included:
Gwynn Scheltema with an intro to Oulipo, Barbara Myers on syntax and impacts, Stuart Ross on poem techniques after Joe Brainard, Christine McNair on the material of books: how to choose paper and doing a few bindings, Jeff Latosik on switching the POV in classic poems, Lesley Strutt on translating poetry, Jay MillAR on the long poem, Brenda Leifso doing how poems work in magical realism, Ian Keteku on extending a metaphor and finding fresh phrasings, Monty Reid on the connection between place and poetry, mapping and the muse, 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, and techniques for projecting your voice, Jennifer Pederson on using your voice and mic, Guy Simser on tanka's developments overseas and in North America, Ikenna Onyegbula teaching techniques in spoken word, Terry Ann Carter on glosas of women writers, beat poets 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, 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, and use of space and punctuation, rob mclennan on writing from language and from other writers, Claudia Coutu Radmore on the beauty of juxtaposition and a look at senryu, Glenn Kletke on stanza types and effects and Ronnie R Brown on using line and stanza breaks to enhance your poetry and on finding an effective title.
Developing organically, each facilitator acts as a unique catalyst, bringing a special angle and passion on craft and practice in poetry. The sessions provide a time and space for people to talk about poetic practice and techniques, 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.
There may be a focus on a set of poems that demonstrate a principle and hands-on exercises. Some sessions are presenter-presentations. Time for getting more eyes on a piece brought in to share (with safe group feedback) are allotted in some sessions.
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.