EVERY WHERE: A WRITING PROJECT WORKSHOP
WITH 2015 EMLF WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE FRED WAH
Monday, July 6 to Thursday, July 9
10:30am to 3:30pm
Oxygen Art Centre, 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance)
The 2015 Elephant Mountain Literary Festival offers a workshop with writer-in-residence Fred Wah. For writers with a landscape-oriented writing project in mind or underway—in poetry, prose, or multigenre—this workshop will focus on methods and forms useful to develop your project. Approaches will include the investigative, formal, thematic, ecological, and more.
Space in the workshop is limited, so enroll today. Participants should be prepared to bring to the workshop 10 manuscript pages, plus a 300-word précis/project idea/proposal (if your project is inter-media, bring visuals).
The workshop is jointly sponsored by the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and the Oxygen Art Centre.
FRED WAH: Writing has a lot to do with “place,” the spiritual and spatial localities of the writer. I see things from where I am, my view point, and I measure and imagine a world from there. Oaxaca, Vancouver, the Kootenay River a thousand years ago or today, my father’s father’s birthplace, become “local” to me and compound to make up a picture of a world I am native of. Writing is sometimes remembering this image, and sometimes it has to make it up. Malcolm Lowry says he thinks of himself as “a great explorer who has discovered some extraordinary land…but the name of the land is hell.…It is not Mexico of course but in the heart.’’ Writers are wonderers. And wanderers. The American poet Ed Dorn reminds us that the stranger in town is interesting because he at least knows where he has come from and where he is going. Writing is sometimes useful that way, with news of the world out there. But out there is only meaningful in its correspondence to in here.