Saturday September 29
Carnegie Community Centre 401 Main Street, Vancouver

Our free Saturday workshops are a great way to delve deeper into the writing life!

11 am – 12 pm
Performing Your Work with Hal Wake

Coffee shops, writing groups, reading series, friends and family — there are many opportunities to get in front of an audience and read your work, but public speaking isn’t for everyone. This workshop will teach you the techniques you need to get on stage and perform your work with confidence. Learn some of the foolproof techniques that veteran readers use to overcome the jitters and engage your listeners as you transport them to the world you have created. Hal Wake will lead the session leaning on his 30 years of experience as a festival programmer and audience member to help you give your best live reading

Hal Wake has been engaged with the literary community in Canada for more than 30 years. He has conducted on-stage interviews with Alice Munro, David Mitchell, Rohinton Mistry, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Michael Chabon, amongst many others. In the mid ’80’s he was the book producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside with Peter Gzowski. He left the CBC in 1997 after hosting the Vancouver morning program, The Early Edition. He has moderated hundreds of literary events at Festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, Sechelt, New York, London (UK), Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney Australia. He is an Honorary Member of the Writers Union of Canada and was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest for more than a decade. He is also hopelessly addicted to baseball on TV.


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Writing to Heal with Angela Carroll Wallace

This hour long workshop will introduce participants to the healing and connecting power of working through the arts as we focus on words as our art form and create meaningful expression as individuals and as community. We will begin with simple word based exercises, moving and creating a piece that emerges as uniquely as the participants and their stories. We will make art, witness and heal together. No arts or writing experience is necessary, as we are each creative beings equipped with all that we will need. Curiosity is the most important item you will need to participate.

Artist, Expressive Arts Therapist and Arts Based Workshop Facilitator, Angela has many professional and lived experiences in holding space and offering healing opportunities to individuals, groups and communities. She holds an undergraduate degree in Photographic Arts from Ryerson, a Master’s degree is in the Expressive Arts through the Vancouver Expressive Arts in Vancouver, BC and the European Graduate School in Switzerland. She has earned a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) designation through the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT) and has a busy private practice and studio in Vancouver called Holding Hearts Studio.  She is a published author of “Holding the Light: An Unexpected Journey Where Disability Meets Possibility, published by AkademikerVerlag.


2 pm – 3 pm
Journal Writing with Leanne Boschman

Many writers generate the raw material for poems, stories, and essays in journals. Journals have long provided a creative space not bound by rules where we can explore our thoughts, record the seemingly ordinary details of daily life, or chart the magical dreamscapes that we travel through. In this workshop, we will look at some examples of the generative power of journaling but mostly we will consider and share ways to expand, challenge, or kick-start a journaling practice that works for each individual. Aspects of culture, language, and literacy practices will be taken into account as well as the digital tools we utilize in our daily lives. Bring whatever you would like to use as a journal and something to write with, but if you don’t have these items, don’t worry. Basic materials will be provided.

Leanne Boschman currently lives in East Vancouver. Her poems have appeared in Other Voices, Dandelion Magazine, Geist Magazine, Prism International, Room, and Rhubarb.  They have also been included in Creekstones: Anthology of Northern BC Poets, Half in the Sun: Anthology of Mennonite Writing, Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Writing, and Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern BC Women.  Leanne’s first collection of poems entitled Precipitous Signs: A Rain Journal was published by Leaf Press in April 2009. Recently, she has branched out into writing fiction and creative non-fiction. Leanne completed her PhD in the Languages, Cultures, and Literacies program in the Faculty of Education at SFU. She teaches academic writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Inspiring words.