WordsThaw 2018 opens with Words on Ice, an evening of readings.
Words on Ice
7:30-10:00 p.m. (doors open at 7)
UVic, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105
- John Barton
- Morgan Cross
- Karen Enns
- Joan MacLeod
- Sheila Munro
- Bill Gaston
- Dan MacIsaac
- Frances Backhouse
(10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Robin Stevenson, Madeline Sonik, and Michael Kenyon
Writing is an act of communicating with the self, an act of opening, of witnessing, of being liminal—between spaces and places. This panel will explore how important it is for a writer to be vulnerable in order to write toward honesty and to explore truths both personal and of the world. When and how does the sensitive person turn to writing as a safe place? How can one explore personal experience with a view to eventually sharing that experience? What should readers expect when invited to enter this world of vulnerability and liminality?
(1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Heather Dean, Jill Margo, Carl Cavanagh
For writers, the physical environment in which they work often feeds into their texts, and perhaps into their sense of what it means to write and belong to a community. This panel will look at the act(s) of writing in Victoria – its tradition and history, how and where it’s done now, and how it is celebrated and supported. We’ll discuss individuals and groups around the city working to influence and shape its writing culture, consider how this changes over time, and how a writing culture can be preserved.
Shaped by Islands
(3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.)
Judy LeBlanc, Joanna Streetly, Marilyn Bowering
For many writers, islands have been a focus—either as the place where they live and work or as the theme or subject of their writing. “Shaped by Islands” will explore what it is about islands that draws writers and how it influences their writing. Are islands a psychological escape as much as a physical one? Does an island offer entry into a different mindset, a fantasy world? How do you know you are on an island when you cannot “see” that you are? Three writers whose work involves islands will discuss these and other questions and talk about their particular experiences as “island writers.”
Registration is CLOSED for this year’s WordsThaw Master Class led by Carla Funk. Sorry, Master Class tickets are now SOLD OUT. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be put on a wait list.
When the Poem Sings a Story
Borrowing from the traditions of oral storytelling, dramatic monologue, fables, folklore, blank verse, parables, sonnets, lunch-room gossip—and more!—this master class will outfit the poet with tools and techniques to turn the story into a poem and make that poem sing. Through a sequence of readings that stretch from Shakespeare and Browning to contemporary narrative poetry, guided literary exercises, and lessons on craft, each writer will work with story as fuel for three new poems, and will put into practice a variety of techniques for authenticating the speaker’s voice and character.
Sorry, the Master Class is SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support and interest. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to be put on a wait list.
Born and raised in Vanderhoof, BC, Carla Funk lives and writes in Victoria, where she taught for 15 years in the Department of Writing at UVic. She served as Victoria’s inaugural poet laureate (2006-2008), and helped to promote the literary arts in the city. Gloryland (Turnstone Press, 2016) is her fifth book of poems. Currently, she’s wrapping up a creative nonfiction collection about childhood, God, loggers, and small-town imagination. When she’s not working as a private writing mentor and running writing classes for women in her home, she’s probably out walking her dog and scouting the green world for literary fuel. You can follow her literary adventures at www.carlafunk.com.
The 2017 WordsThaw Writers Festival was a huge success. We at the Malahat would like to take this opportunity to thank the authors, sponsors, organizations, and especially our readers and participants who made the event everything that it was. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
The Malahat Review was on the CBC / Radio-Canada Vancouver on March 15 to talk about WordsThaw… en français!
Malahat publicity manager Patrick Grace spoke with Jacques Dufresne, host of the Radio-Canada afternoon show “Boulevard du Pacifique” about this year’s WordsThaw Writers Festival.
If you speak French, have a listen here!
Last night, we announced the winners of the inaugural WordsThaw Prize!
Wanda Hurren, micro text category, for “Making it Up”
Nancy Yakimoski, poetry category, for “Cartesian Lover”
All shortlisted candidates were presented with a $25 gift certificate to Munro’s Books, and the winners were awarded a $500 gift certificate each.
The winning entries will be published in UVic’s Martlet newspaper on March 23.
In the photo below, from left to right: WordsThaw Prize contest judge, Janet Rogers; Wanda Hurren; Nancy Yakimoski; and Malahat editor, John Barton.
Don’t miss this chance to hear Joanne Arnott read at the WordsThaw Writers Festival!
On Friday, March 17, 1:30 p.m., hear her read for free as part of UVic Writing’s Orion Lecture Series. She will also read that night, 7:30 p.m., as part of Words on Ice. Both events will be held at the First Peoples House on UVic’s campus.
The Master Class takes place Sunday, March 19, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Victoria public library. This interactive writing workshop exploring embodiment and breath as bases for writing, editing and performance. The class will consider oral and literary text traditions, and ourselves as points of confluence and congruence. Limited space available, so hurry and buy your ticket today!
Come for the coffee, stay for the poetry! Special prequel event at PEP March 9 at Hillside Coffee & Tea, across from Hillside Mall in Victoria. Sign up for the open mic at 7pm. Malahat staff will be there selling passes and Master Class tickets to the WordsThaw Writers Festival!
See full details and author bios here.