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Poetry Writing Class with Bruce Rice

The SWG is pleased to offer an extended poetry class for beginning to emerging writers. This workshop will be held in four week sessions, with one session occurring before Christmas and the other session in the New Year. Sign up for four weeks or all eight! Registration is required and class size is limited to 12.

Where: SWG office in Regina

When: Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30pm

Fees: $49.00 + tax per session

To register please fill out the registration form and email registrations to or mail to PO Box 3986, Regina, SK S4P 3R9. Cheques can be sent by mail or phone our office to pay via credit card.

Session 1: October 29 to November 19, 2014

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart:  Voice, Character and Persona in Poetry

What is poetry but someone speaking? What is a voice? This class will focus on aspects of voice in poetry with an emphasis on new writing, learning to hear and appreciate the strengths in your own lyric or narrative voice. It will also explore character and writing from the voices and experience of others. The goal is to get on the track toward poems that are rich, compelling, well-crafted, and honest.

Session 2: January 14 to February 4, 2015

“I became a better poet when I finally surrendered to beauty”:  Nature, Landscape and Expressions of Beauty in Poetry

Sometimes our poetry is constrained by the pressure for our poetry to “mean” something, to meet some artificial measure of “relevance.”  But how do we write about the deep experience of the way we really do see landscapes, the natural world, or the beautiful thing that arrests our attention.  The class will focus on writing that explores these experiences, and doing so with precision, attention to language, and originality, without losing or minimizing the personal.

About Bruce Rice

Poet and editor, Bruce Rice, lives in Regina. Bruce has published five award-winning poetry collections including his new book from Coteau, The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau) and a children’s book, Dorothy McMoogle With Kumquat and Bugle (Wild Sage Press). His first poetry collection, Daniel, received the prestigious Canadian Author’s Association Award. He has twice been longlisted for CBC’s Canada Writes competition, was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year in 2009, and received the P.K. Page Founders Award for the best poem in Malahat Review in 2013. Another poem from the new book will appear in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014.



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