The Dialect of the Heart: Reconnecting to Your Passion for Writing
A Workshop For Graduate students at the University of Toronto
January 20, 2016
Spadina and Harbord
Sometimes the relationship with what or who we are studying goes stale. We lose heart. This two-hour workshop aims to coax you into different kinds of conversations between work life and creative self, between heart and page. Using poems, prompts, and memories, bring yourselves back into the room with what you know in a new way.
Here is the link to registration: https://utoronto.audienceview.net/Online/article/event_b/ACFEC53C-2FF8-4858-BB25-E79F0BFF5A94
Tagged: graduate students, self-expression, writing
A series of writing workshops to explore the stresses and passions of daily life as a student
4 Tuesdays at noon: January 19, 26, February 2, 9th, 2016
Every day that you are a student you’re also perhaps a friend, an animal lover, an activist and more. In these four writing workshops we will look at every day moments of distraction and exhaustion, attending also to the pull and call of passion and vocation.
Through writing and conversation, we will look at ways to become more present, nourished, and connect or reconnect to what you love and why you’re here. There will be four sessions. You are welcome to attend any one or all sessions. No experience necessary.
1. What If You Didn’t? and other questions to ask when you’re exhausted
2. O is for overwhelmed (or wake up, your housecoat is on fire)
3. Be Good to Yourself Whoever You Are
4. Where’s the love? A session on passion as distraction and passion as direction
When: Tuesdays, 12–1 pm
Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 2016
Where: Multi-Faith Centre
ZONES OF EXPRESSION: POET IN COMMUNITY AND “WRITE NOW!”
JANUARY 8-31 2016
The Poet in Community program at the University of Toronto has used poetry to stir reflection and conversation for the last 8 years. The last 2 years has seen the creation of an additional student mentor program called ”WRITE NOW!” Now Talking Walls at Hart House will showcase both programs in an exhibition of poems and prose pieces. Come and read work by individual students as well as by groups. Also poems I wrote at Spontaneous Poetry Booths.
On January 21st at noon meet at the “WRITE NOW!” table at the HART HOUSE literary Fair and we will stroll over and read the walls.
Day Milman, program coordinator at Hart House, prepares the poem “The Encounter”.
Have you ever participated in a Poet in Community workshop or attended a WRITE NOW session?
Talking Walls at Hart House has invited PIC to have an exhibition of work to showcase the program.
Poems and short pieces of writing will be printed and hung as posters in the halls of Hart House. Will you submit? Deadline December 1, 2015
*Maximum 3 pieces per person
*Each piece no longer than one page
*12pt font or larger, please send as Word attachment
*Please let us know if it was written in a WRITE NOW workshop or POET IN COMMUNITY workshop (aka with Ronna); if it was in a class setting or somewhere else.
*It would be helpful to include a sentence describing the theme of the session or prompt.
* The aim is to show how within the program students write, reflect and often make unexpected connections between parts of their lives
* You may submit anonymously
* Don’t worry if you don’t have something “finished”; look for an excerpt that reflects the raw experience
* Deadline December 1, 2015
* Open to current and former students
* Please submit to email@example.com
* Subject line ‘Talking Walls’
Talking Walls is a well-travelled space that provides an opportunity for groups and individuals to exhibit socially conscious, thought-provoking art works or documentary images. The exhibition space is open to students, community groups, members of the university community and the public who are int…
Write Now! is a program of free drop-in writing sessions where you can nurture your own voice and creativity through writing and reflection. All are welcome. No previous writing experience is necessary. Join the Poet in Community Facebook group and get updates about what will happen in each session.
Or just show up!
I should ask if you know about the Poet in Community. Do you? In case you don’t here’s a quick hit:
The Poet in Community (PIC) program creates a space that’s not as formal as a classroom, or as casual as a cafe. It’s a learning experience without evaluation. There’s no teacher and no boss. In these workshops and conversations, use writing to connect the intellectual with the emotional, the physical and the social.
Don’t be put off by the word “poet” — no special experience is necessary!
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes. — Walt Whitman
Tagged: exploration, feelings, identity, reflection, resilience, self-expression, students, university, writing
Do you struggle with finding words to express your experiences? Do you stare at the blank screen with your heart pounding? Would you like a place of self-expression without grades or expectations? Write Now! is a program of free drop-in sessions run by peer mentors, where you can nurture your own voice and creativity through writing and reflection. Groups meet weekly in three locations across campus: the Academic Success Centre, Multi-Faith Centre and Hart House.
Tuesdays 4:30-6pm at the Multi-Faith Centre
Thursdays 11:30-1pm Hart House
Friday 1:30-3pm Academic Success Centre
Open to University of Toronto students
Categories: Info · Workshops
The Conversation Below: Poetry and Qualitative Research
A public talk sponsored by The Academic Success Centre, U of T
What are the places that research sometimes doesn’t reach? What are the things people have not yet articulated –– perhaps even to themselves –– that we want to hear and understand and express? What can poetry do? Using poems and reflections, we will investigate the places we get stuck, and our frustrations with language and traditional methods of research. And we will look at the potential for poetry to unleash us: to say, hear and share the knowledge we’re after. This presentation will be part talk, part poem and part writing so that we may use all channels possible to get to the conversation below.
Wednesday October 15, 2014
Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE
252 Bloor St. West
Categories: Info · Workshops
Poet in Community returns for 2014-2015 with RX FOR POETRY —
How are you feeling? Do you need a dose of Emily Dickinson? 75 mg of Mary Oliver?
On September 9, 2014 between 1:30-2:30pm, I will be at the Hart House tent talking to people and prescribing poems at the St. George Street Fair.
Come by and get a poetry prescription for what ails you.
St. George Street between Harbord and College
at the Hart House tent
Tagged: Rx For Poetry
So we’re deep into summer and Poet in Community is quietly planning for fall. The leaves and flowers of the season have been mostly doing their thing without me. (I watch and water as needed.) But writing may need more help.
To that end, Poet in Community is partnering with Academic Success, the Multi-Faith Centre, Hart House and various instrumental folks across the spectrum to bring new kinds of poetry infiltration to the university.
Central among these is a plan for weekly creative writing drop-ins, run by peer mentors, to be held in several hubs across campus. Stay tuned for how to apply if you’re interested in being a mentor. The program is called: “Write Now.”
Also, I will be setting up the Spontaneous Poetry Booth again in September and October, I’ll give a talk on the use of poetry in qualitative research, and I’ll occasionally join the mentors at their hubs to offer workshops too.
There is more brewing. I just wanted to let you know that we are gone for now but not gone to sleep. Summer well.