Registration Now Open for WordsThaw Writers Festival

Registration is now open for the 2017 WordsThaw Writers Festival!

From March 16 to 19, celebrate Canadian writing with a focus on Indigenous literature as part of the Malahat‘s fifth-annual literary symposium, held at the University of Victoria.

As in previous years, we’re excited for the vast array of events taking place, including a Lansdowne Lecture, the Friday night Words on Ice gala reading, panel discussions, one-on-one workshops with local writers, and a Master Class workshop.

For a full list of events (more info being added soon) and to register, please follow the links at the top of the page. If you require further information, email us at

Haiku Master Class with Terry Ann Carter – Sign Up Today!

HAIKU: Learning to Taste the Mountain, A Deeper Look into the Aesthetics of Haiku Poetry

A Master Class with Terry Ann Carter

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rm. A250, Human and Social Development Building, University of Victoria
Registration: 6 minimum; 15 maximum
Fee: $60 (includes Full WordsThaw 2017 pass*)
*does not include Master Class with Joanne Arnott on March 19

Few passes remain. Please email us if you would like to purchase a workshop ticket.

haiku_posterIf one really wishes to master an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an “artless art” growing out of the unconscious. – D.T. Suzuki

Beginning with an examination of several haiku classics—Basho’s Oku-no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the North) Santoka’s Mountain Tasting, and poems by Chiyo ni, Japan’s most revered female haiku poet—participants will have an opportunity to examine and discuss “haiku technique.” Contemporary English-language poets also will be studied. Composing haiku begins with a review of requirements for the form, proceeds to imitative writing (borrowing lines), and concludes with an attempt to begin Suzuki’s “artless art.” The workshop is designed for beginning and seasoned haiku poets. An eight page handout is included. Continue reading

WordsThaw Prequel: Writers and the World

On January 19, City of Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer hosts an evening of poetry inspired by the environment we live in and the political world we’ve made. Readings by David Leach, Garth Martens, Philip Kevin Paul, and Patricia Young.


WordsThaw is The Malahat Review‘s fifth-annual spring symposium, March 16 to 19, 2017. Readings, lectures, master classes to celebrate the publication of the Winter 2016 issue, Indigenous Perspectives: A Very Contemporary Literature. Continue reading

New for 2017: The WordsThaw Prize


WordsThaw Prize for Victoria Writers

To celebrate the WordsThaw Writers Festival in 2017, The Malahat Review is pleased to announce the first-annual WordsThaw Prize. An exciting showcase of emerging talent in Greater Victoria, this contest will award a cash prize of $500 each in two categories: Poetry and Micro Text (either short fiction or creative nonfiction). The entry fee includes a full WordsThaw pass and a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review, starting with “Indigenous Perspectives,” the Malahat’s Winter 2016 issue. The winners will be published on the Malahat’s WordsThaw website. See full contest details here.