Upcoming Engagements


Dates: Friday, May 2nd – Sunday May 4th
Times: Friday: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Saturday: 9:30 – 4:30, Sunday: 9:30 – 4:00
Location: May 2nd Reading & Reception, Cafe Aberdeen, 140 Botsford, Moncton
May 3rd & 4th workshops, La Teraz Gallery, 154 Church, Moncton
Fee: $225

To Register Contact: Alex_Pierce@cbu.ca


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Maximum Participants: 16
Deposit: $100 Latest April 11th, 2014
To register contact: boularderieislandpress@bellaliant.net

Participants will be asked to submit a short example of writing in advance of the workshop.
The weekend starts on Friday evening at Cafe Aberdeen with a meet and greet reception and readings by instructors Douglas Arthur Brown and E. Alex Pierce.

Saturday’s program includes two modules:
In this workshop, Douglas will explore the methodology involved when readers open a book. Most readers have no expectations other than they hope the story will be good. However, readers do make assumptions based on their experience of life and the general patterns of good writing they have read over the years. Understanding writing from a reader’s point of view can improve a book’s structure, narrative and level of engagement by the reader.
Landscape & Memory: Writing the Aubade is a workshop that challenges writers to work across genres and expand the limits of their home genre whether it is fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, or drama. Writers draw on their relationship to landscape and its place in memory. The aubade, a dawn song of lovers parting at daybreak is a poem type that appears in nearly all poetries and cultures. Alex will help you explore the aubade in all its possibilities, and writers will create unique forms of the aubade in the genre that suits them best. Parting may refer to any leave-taking that requires a return from the intensity of communion to a new awareness
of the individual self. Our work on the aubade will open a discussion on the balance of lyric and narrative in each individual writer’s voice. Participants will work independently Saturday evening on the creation of their aubade for presentation during the Sunday workshop.

Sunday’s program includes two modules:
Self-editing is a balancing act between objectivity and subjectivity – sawing vs. pruning – it requires a generous dose of honesty so that our intuitive sense remains sharp and true. Hesitancy and conceit are the enemies of editing. In general, editing should be approached with a light touch in the first revisions of text. This approach requires taking the writing through several drafts as required. Douglas will guide you through the challenges of self-editing to ensure that you don’t approach your work with a chainsaw rather than garden shears, because once the tree is severed from the trunk, you can’t put it back together.
Participants will present the aubade writing they created on Saturday during this workshop.

About the Instructors

E. Alex Pierce is the author of Vox Humana, published by Brick Books (2011). Her poem, “Medway River, Carousel,” won the Readers’ Choice Award in the Arc Poem of the Year Contest, 2013. Her work has been widely anthologized, most recently in Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry (Cormorant), and, in 2013, Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (Guernica). For ten years she taught creative writing (playwriting, poetry & poetics) at Cape Breton University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and has been a participant in the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre. She developed E. Alex Pierce Writing & Editing in 2011, and works as an in-house editor for Boularderie Island Press. She has won awards in both poetry and creative non-fiction, and conducts writing workshops throughout Canada. http://www.ealexpierce.com

Douglas Arthur Brown is the author of six books. His latest novel Seeds was released in November of 2013. The Globe and Mail called his novel, Quintet, a masterfully written book. It was the recipient of the 2009 Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Prize, and short-listed for the Dartmouth Book Award. The Magic Compass – a children’s Christmas advent book – is part of The Atlantic Collection, a project by the Nova Scotia Department of Education that placed the book in every elementary school in Nova Scotia. Douglas won a Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award in 2009 sponsored by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership, NS Department of Culture. He was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contribution to Canadian culture. Douglas’ short stories have appeared in various literary magazines and his work is in included in four anthologies. Douglas was also the publisher and managing editor of the Canadian literary magazine, Pottersfield Portfolio for several years. http://www.douglasarthurbrown.com

Daily Schedule
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Meet & Greet with readings by Douglas and Alex

9:30 – 10:15
Introductions & Overview of weekend
Participants break into two groups
10:15 – 12:30
Workshop with Alex Group One
Workshop with Douglas Group Two
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:45
Alex repeats morning workshop with Group Two
Douglas repeats morning workshop with Group One
4:00 – 4:30
Participants work on their aubade

9:30 – 11:45
Douglas conducts self-editing workshop with Group One
Group Two presents their aubade creations with Alex
11:45 – 12:45
12:45 – 3:00
Alex repeats morning workshop with Group One
Douglas repeats morning workshop with Group Two
3:15 – 4:00 pm




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