Workshops

Workshops will be offered at Growing Room from March 9 – 16, 2019. Registration opens on February 1.

ASL Interpretation is available at all workshops by request before February 15. Contact Yilin Wang at volunteer [at] roommagazine [dot] com for more information.

Workshop Recommendations
In addition to any items mentioned in workshop descriptions, we recommend that workshop attendees bring the following:

  • A warm sweater or blanket (especially if your workshop is at 24 West 4th Avenue: the building can be a little chilly!)
  • A meal or snack (bottled and tap water will be available at all workshops, and coffee will be available at the workshops held during the day on weekends)

How to Draw a Story You’re Burning to Tell

Using drawing and text to tell your story with the drawing skills you already have. Anything from stick figures to photo realistic drawing can be an effective means of storytelling. From the likes of Una, Lynda Barry, Dav Pilkey, Sarah Leavitt, to Michael Nicoll Yahgulanas, all styles of drawing and text are used today to render emotion-filled and driving stories that pour into the public consciousness and are of the moment.

Instructor: Elaine Woo
Venue: 
Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Cost: $25

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-how-to-draw-a-story-youre-burning-to-tell-tickets-55183339855


working safely with trauma in writing and performance

Writing our own stories honestly means confronting memories and emotions that may represent painful, even traumatic, events. In this workshop, participants will discuss and exchange best practices for writing and performing these difficult topics in ways that are less likely to reinjure the artist and /or cause the audience undue distress. Participants are encouraged to bring works in progress to workshop.

Instructor: Rabbit Richards
Venue: 
Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $25

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-working-safely-with-trauma-in-writing-tickets-55183467236


Writing While Black

Writing While Black is a community dialogue series centred the voices of writers from the African Diaspora. With the goal of creating a safe(r) space and developing a community of Black writers, Writing While Black is an opportunity to foster and enhance creative writing skills and to engage in immediate and relevant discussions pertaining to the challenges and triumphs of being a black writer within a Canadian context.

Note: Writing While Black is intended for Black writers of all skill levels and experiences. We respectfully ask that non-Black folks refrain from registering for this workshop.

Instructor: Whitney French
Venue: 
24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-writing-while-black-tickets-55183591608


Being Fearless

We will discuss venturing into storylines, that are uncomfortable (because of social norms and voices in our heads which say—that isn’t proper).  We will talk about fiction and character development and opening up creativity.

Instructor: Carol Rose Daniels
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Cost: $25

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-being-fearless-tickets-55183680875


Listen for the Poem

SOLD OUT

In this workshop, we will engage in writing, reading, discussion, mindfulness, and other creative exercises to give voice to the poems inside us. No previous writing experience necessary. Please bring a notebook, writing instrument, and extra jacket/shawl/blanket.

Instructor: Jen Currin
Venue: 
24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-listen-for-the-poem-tickets-55183797223


A Chrysalis of Being

Anne Riley and T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss will introduce workshop participants to their current public art project at the Native Education College commissioned by the City of Vancouver called A Constellation of Remediation, which consists of Indigenous Remediation Gardens planted throughout the city decolonizing and healing the dirt back to soil. This project focuses on plants and fungi as remediators. The workshop will be a tour of the plants on the NEC campus while considering the performativity of text, and participants will be invited to make poem seed bombs: a love letter to dirt/soil.

Instructors: Anne Riley, Cease Wyss
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-a-chrysalis-of-being-tickets-55661407769


Writing our relations: connecting to territory & community

We all have a story, a history, and an ancestry. Using art and storytelling we will look at our roots and the routes that brought us to where we are today. This workshop aims to spark creativity and connection while making conversations about reconciliation and territory acknowledgments more personal and more tangible. Here is a chance to go deeper. Together, we will explore themes of home and memory, as well as reflecting on our connection to land and relationship to territory.

Instructor: Jo Billows
Venue: 
24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-writing-our-relations-tickets-55184002838


Writing for Young Adults: Opening Pages

We will workshop the first five pages (double spaced) of your YA short story or novel with meticulous attention to the opening. We’ll scrutinize your language, character development, dialogue and exposition the way that agents, editors, and slush readers do before deciding to request more pages. Workshop facilitator will lead workshop group in a thoughtful and constructive discussion, and answer questions on finding an agent and publisher.

Please bring the first five pages of your manuscript (total of 13 copies for participants and instructor), a notebook, and writing instruments.

Instructor: Lindsay Wong
Venue: 
24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-writing-for-young-adults-tickets-55184070039


Page to Performance

Though writers spend much of their creative time in solitude when a magazine is launched, a book is published or as a result of programmers realizing that their writing is excellent, writers are also often asked to perform their work in front of an audience. And often, writers are not as comfortable in front of a microphone and a group of people, as they are in solitude with their keyboards. In this workshop writers will be offered the opportunity to become better readers and performers.Writers of any experience level will be afforded the opportunity to hone or develop a performance style that suits their work and comfort level. Through discussion, video examples and performance practice in front of their workshop peers writers will, ideally, find a mode of reading or performance that works for them. Participants will read existing texts as well as their own to determine the variety of ways a text can be interpreted for performance.

Instructor: Dina Del Bucchia
Venue: 
24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-page-to-performance-tickets-55184134231


The Stories We Are Made Of

What stories do you tell about yourself? How have they shaped who you are, and the way you see the world? We often think about story as a medium to share something important about the world around us, or to make meaning out of something that we don’t quite yet understand. But how often do we examine these stories critically? In this blend of arts-based, experiential learning rooted in anti-oppression, participants will take a radical look at the power that story holds within ourselves, and also as a society at large.

Instructor: Ruby Smith Diaz
Venue: 
24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-the-stories-we-are-made-of-tickets-55184235534


Chapbook-Making: Basics and Beyond

SOLD OUT

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the possibilities of the chapbook. We will focus on elevating the chapbook into a hand-made, beautiful object that tells a story through its form. You will learn how to make basic types of chapbooks and gain ideas on how to transform your chapbooks into unique works of art. This workshop focuses on book-making, not writing. No experience necessary, but the ability to work with your hands is essential.

Instructors: Onjana Yawnghwe, Hazel Jane Plante
Venue: 24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-chapbook-making-basics-and-beyond-tickets-55184483275


Altars and Avenues

SOLD OUT

This poetry workshop will focus on writing and creating a generative and exploratory atmosphere. We will work on communally making literary magic for folks of all interests and levels. The workshop is an open invitation to anyone interested in writing in a setting that draws on creation, experimentation, and sharing. Come prepared to write your heart out and to learn about the many ways a poem can be! We will work through on-the-spot writing exercises and prompts to jolt us out of our habits and pursue new directions and intuitions. We’ll connect over what inspires and frustrates us in the process. We’ll read aloud writing that moves us and work through those connections in writing. Please bring paper, writing utensils, poems and sections of prose by authors who inspire you (to read aloud), and beloved objects for a communal altar.

Instructor: Adèle Barclay
Venue: 24 West 4th Avenue
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-altars-and-avenues-tickets-55184544458


Hard Femme Poetics

In this writing workshop by and for femmes at the margins, we will read writing by femme writers and creators and write  on femme ancestors, communities, bodies, lives, homes, sexualities, relationships and survival. Born out of my love for femmes and femme writing, thinking  and world-making, and my desire to say fuck you to every gender studies course that just talks about masculinity, we will study writing by queer femmes thriving, surviving and gifting genius at multiple margins. This workshop is open to folks who identify as queer femmes, across the gender spectrum, and centres Black, Indigenous and/or of colour/disabled/trans, intersex and gender nonconforming/fat/sex working/ poor and working class, and otherwise marginalized femmes.

Instructor: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 16, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-hard-femme-poetics-tickets-55184760103


Speech Arts for Writers: Giving Audience-Centred Performances of Your Own Work

In this workshop, experienced speech arts teacher and award-winning writer Ruth Daniell will guide writers through the process of preparing an excellent literary performance. Participants will learn the basics of posture, eye focus, and vocal projection but also gain insight to the more sophisticated tools of vocal variety, emphasis, pause, and breath. This fun, fear-banishing workshop is designed to encourage writers to connect and engage with their audiences and gain confidence with the emotional nuances of public speaking and performance.

Instructor: Ruth Daniell
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 16, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $15

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-room-2019-workshop-speech-arts-for-writers-tickets-55184798217