This is a 2-day workshop. Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.
This two-day writing workshop explores participants’ rich and diverse connections to the lands they carry with them. All people hold powerful stories of land, whether those are narratives of lifelong connection to one landscape, or stories of places left behind and new places gained as immigrants, refugees, and displaced peoples.
Working in collaboration with the beautiful Shawnigan Lake School campus, participants will walk the grounds together, delving into snippets of essential anchoring texts along the way from diverse writers such as Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Robert Macfarlane, Dr. Rita Wong, and more.
Together, participating writers will seek different ways to move through and sit deeply with place, and come together to craft, share, and discuss the stories of the lands they carry in their bones. Specific land-based exercises and suggestions for further reading will leave everyone with inspiration for additional writing after the workshop itself has ended.
Thoughtful accommodation will be made for participants living and working with mobility concerns.
This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars
Dr. Jenna Butler (she/her) is an award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of three books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion; a collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail; and the Arctic travelogue Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard. Her newest book, Revery: A Year of Bees, essays about beekeeping, climate grief, and trauma recovery, was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award in Non-Fiction.Click here to read more about JENNA BUTLER