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Summer Poetry Workshop

SUMMER POETRY WORKSHOP | July 16 – 26, 2018

Instructed by SANDRA RIDLEY

The application deadline for the 2018 Summer Poetry Workshop has passed.
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This is a facilitated retreat for six poets who have published some work and are working towards manuscript completion. The workshop offers a small group context. Focus will be on writing time, individual critiques, and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time and group sessions. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 10 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

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with Sandra Ridley

Sandra Ridley is an award-winning writer of four books of poetry: Fallout, Post-Apothecary, The Counting House, and Silvija—a finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was nominated for the KM Hunter Artist Award for Mid-Career Writer in 2015. Sandra has taught poetry at Carleton University and has been a writing mentor through Ottawa’s Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services “Footprints to Recovery” program for people living with mental illness. She has facilitated writing workshops for the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library, the Tree Reading Series, and Calgary’s WordFest. She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan (two hours northeast of Lumsden!) and lives in Ottawa.

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