Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg

Katherena Vermette, photo by Lisa Delorme Meiler

Katherena Vermette, photo by Lisa Delorme Meiler

UWinnipeg hosts the Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at The University of Winnipeg from Thursday, March 2 to Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Writing the Line is a conference for writers, inspired by the creative artists studying at The University of Winnipeg. Anyone interested in learning more about the craft of writing poetry, fiction, dramatic scenes, anyone interested in developing their voice, anyone interested in learning about the writing life with its challenges and opportunities can meet with others to experiment, to talk, to learn, to read, to listen. Participants must register in advance with Molly Blanchard at molly.blanchard@sasktel.net.

The conference begins with a fundraising dinner for the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence program that includes an address by Katherena Vermette, UWinnipeg’s 2017 Writer-in-Residence. Tickets for the dinner cost $40 (or $25 for students); however the conference — which takes place Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 — is free and open to all.

Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at the University of Winnipeg details:

Thursday, March 2 – Fundraising dinner with guest speaker Katherena Vermette in Riddell Hall, The University of Winnipeg

5:30 pm — appetizers and cash bar
6:30 pm — buffet dinner
7:00 pm — keynote speech

This is a fundraiser for the UWinnipeg’s Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program. Tickets are $40 (students $25) and are available from Catherine Hunter at c.hunter@uwinnipeg.ca.

All Friday & Saturday events are free and take place in Room 2M70 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall, UWinnipeg).

Friday, March 3 – Panels, Readings, Workshops

10:00 – 10:30 am — coffee
10:30 am – 12:00 pm — The Poetic Line, a panel moderated by Jenny Wills with poets Méira Cook, Colin Smith, Hannah Green, and J. Robert Ferguson
12:00 – 1:30 pm — lunch break (food not provided)
1:30 – 3:00 pm — Stretching the Line, a poetry workshop with Jennifer Still (space is limited, so register early*)
3:30-4:30 pm — Readings by poets Steven Ross Smith and Garry Thomas Morse
5:00-6:30 pm — Opportunities for Writers, a panel about the writing life with arts professionals Martine Friesen, Clarise Foster, Charlene Diehl, Steven Ross Smith, Lindsey Childs, and Andrew Eastman

Saturday March 4 – Panels, Readings, Workshops

9:00 – 10:30 am — Bringing Your Stories to Life: Vocal and Physical Delivery, a voice workshop with Tom Soares (space is limited, so register early*)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm — Character in Every Line, a fiction workshop with Joan Thomas (space is limited, so register early*)
12:30 – 1:30 pm — coffee and light snacks provided
1:30 – 3:00 pm — Fiction/Nonfiction: What’s the Diff? a panel moderated by Lara Rae with writers Maurice Mierau, David Alexander Robertson, and Ginny Collins
3:30 – 5:00 pm — Writing Dialogue: Playwriting Techniques for Creating Scenes in Plays, Prose and Poetry, a workshop with playwright Rick Chafe (space is limited, so register early*)
7:00 pm — Open Mic, hosted by Molly Cross-Blanchard (To read at the open mic, please sign up. Sign-up begins at 6:45 pm. Readings at 7:00 pm.)

Please note that UWinnipeg’s media department will be taking photographs and video at these events.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca


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