Master Class with Carla Funk

When the Poem Sings a Story

Sorry, the Master Class is SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support and interest. Please email if you’d like to be put on a wait list.

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.

*Please note the Master Class will be taking place at the Oak Bay branch of the Victoria Public Library this year.

Funk Headshot 2Born 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

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