May 27: Southbank 2017 Begins!

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Happy to return as mentor for a new cohort of writers enrolled in this year’s SFU Southbank Writer’s Program:

The Southbank Writer’s Program is a part-time, three-month program for writers who are just starting to develop their work. Maybe you’re not showing your work to anyone, but you want to. Perhaps you belong to a creative writing group, but you’re looking for a more structured environment, or you want to develop your style. Whatever the case, if you’re ready to pursue your passion for writing, Southbank is for you.

…Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, you’ll learn through creative writing courses, workshops, and an opportunity to read your work in public. You’ll also work closely with an experienced writing mentor, both one-on-one and in a group setting.”

Interested? Deadline for applications have been extended to May 22!

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Southbank Writer’s Program 2016

Happy to be mentoring a new cohort of writers enrolled in SFU Southbank 2016 on this Saturday:

About the Southbank Writer’s Program:

Southbank Reading Series“The Southbank Writer’s Program is a part-time, three-month program for writers who are just starting to develop their work…

…Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, you’ll learn through creative writing courses, workshops, and an opportunity to read your work in public. You’ll also work closely with an experienced writing mentor, both one-on-one and in a group setting…”

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May 23: Southbank 2015 Begins

Happy to return: as mentor for a new cohort of writers enrolled in SFU Southbank 2015.

About the Southbank Writer’s Program:

“Many writers need inspiration, motivation, and structure to produce great work. With this in mind, we’ve designed the part-time Southbank Writer’s Program especially for wordsmiths who want to pursue their passion during the downtime of summer…

…Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, you’ll learn through creative writing classes, mentoring, workshops, and an opportunity to read your work in public. You’ll also study and engage with local authors and graduates of The Writer’s Studio, our award-winning creative writing program.”

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Southbank 2014 Begins

Honoured and grateful to be a returning mentor for a new cohort of writers enrolled in SFU Southbank 2014.

About the Southbank Writer’s Program:

“Many writers need inspiration, motivation, and structure to produce great work. With this in mind, we’ve designed the part-time Southbank Writer’s Program especially for wordsmiths who want to pursue their passion during the downtime of summer.

Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry, we’ll bring out the story inside you through creative writing courses, mentoring, workshops, and opportunities to read your work in public.”

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Sundays, too, my father

May and June 2013 the rites of spring aftermath 194“One of the last public acts of my father before his death at 65, was to put on a sandwich board to picket our local 7/11: six bucks sucks, the sign said.”

Yesterday, at the Southbank Writing Program in Surrey, I spent the day with students in a memoir writing class with J.J.Lee: six drafts, less than 300 words, one day.

At night, incoming brought me Fiona Tinwei Lam’s essay.

This morning: for my sister. The blue dress.

the bird in the home-house