Word After Word Writing Workshops

Word After Word Writing Workshops




SATURDAY, March 24, 2018 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Literacy in Action co-organized a Word After Word workshop in their offices in Lennoxville, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Wakefield writer/songwriter Phil Jenkins and Montreal-based Mi’kmaq poet, writer, and critic Shannon Webb-Campbell spent the day with ten participants including teenagers, one of whom identified herself as having ADD and one with autism; university students who were first-language French-speakers wishing to improve their English literary skills, and a number of adults, one of whom was recovering from a recent stroke and one of whom was a published poet and accomplished teacher of writing. This very diverse group, all of whom had very different capacities and motivations, worked to hone their skills and create new writing.

SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thirteen lucky students at Bishop’s University in Lennnoxville, QC had an extracurricular writing workshop with Giller-Prize winner Sean Michaels and Journey-Prize winner Saleema Nawaz Webster.


SUNDAY, June 25, 2017 – 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
The Atwater Library AWE III project with the South Asian Women’s Community Centre (SAWCC) presented Unravelling in Rhymes, a Word After Word writing workshop for black, indigenous, women and femmes of color, ages 17-35. Workshop leaders were Tanya Evanson and Deanna Smith. This workshop was flexible in order to best suit the needs of our participants. Everyone was invited to participate as they felt most comfortable. Previous poetry-writing and performing experience was not necessary! People struggling to gain the courage to write their poems and/or perform were welcomed with open arms. FREE! Please note that this event was held at the SAWCC at 1035 Rachel St. East, 3rd Floor, in Montreal, and NOT at the Library.


SATURDAY, June 10, 2017 – 9:00 am to 12:00 noon + 1:00 to 4:00 pm
The Atwater Library AWE III project with Theatre Wakefield presented a free full-day Kamikaze Playwriting Retreat, a Word After Word workshop with playwright Colleen Curran and writer Joel Yanofsky. Open to youth and adults of all ages. Church of the Good Shepherd, 693 chemin Riverside, Wakefield (basement).

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Atwater Library AWE III project with Biblio Wakefield Library presented Connecting with Mother Earth, a Word After Word writing workshop for youth ages 11-18, led by writer Iris Delagrange. It was a great success, with the young writers sharing their work at the Earth Day vernissage at Biblio Wakefield. Thanks to Ilse Turnsen for all the organizational energy!
Presented by the Atwater Writers Exhibition, the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and the Wakefield Public Library, with the support of the Community Cultural Action Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Click here to see our workshops from 2016.