Writing the Body, Writing the Land

July 22 - July 23


Writing the Body, Writing the Land

Writing the Body, Writing the Land

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.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $000
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: This workshop welcomes writers creating in all genres and at all stages of their careers.

Price: $362

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

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.