JustWrite in the Mountains

Black Cat Guest Ranch, October 19-21, 2018

Writing Workshops or Writing Retreat

Deadline September 30, 2018

 

For Ages 18+



 

 

 Staggered payments option available upon request to info@youthwrite.com

 

Workshop Option #1:

Single Occupancy (space permitting) Regular Rate:  $595 

Please note that as of August 26, we have no single spaces available. If you'd like to be placed on a waiting list for a single room, please email us at info@youthwrite.com and we'll let you know if a room becomes available.

Workshop Option #2:

Double Occupancy Regular Rate:  $495 

 

Workshop options include:

•  Friday evening JustWine&Cheese

•  Saturday/Sunday workshops

•  Instructor/participant readings

•  Two breakfasts

•  Two lunches

•  Saturday Dinner

•  Snacks, Coffee, Tea

 

Retreat Option #1:

Single Occupancy Regular Rate (space permitting):  $505
Please note that as of August 26, we have no single spaces available. If you'd like to be placed on a waiting list for a single room, please email us at info@youthwrite.com and we'll let you know if a room becomes available.

Retreat Option #2:

Double Occupancy Regular Rate: $405

 

Retreat options include:

•  Friday evening JustWine&Cheese
•  Time to write and dream 

•  Instructor/participant readings

•  Two breakfasts

•  Two lunches

•  Saturday Dinner

•  Snacks, Coffee, Tea

 

September 30th - deadline for applications 

 

Do you have a wellness account through employer benefits?  Whether your reason for attending is for professional development or personal interest, the cost of your JustWrite experience could be eligible for reimbursement! 

 

To register, JustWrite applicants must...


1)  Submit an online application form by clicking the button above :

 


 For workshop applicants ONLY (retreat applicants, please skip and move to #3)!

2)  Submit a writing sample via email at info@youthwrite.com 

Applicants must submit one poem (max. 75 lines) 

or 

a sample of prose (max. 2 pages), on a theme or subject of your choice. 


Writing samples MUST be word processed, 12-point font, double-spaced.

DO NOT submit originals; samples will not be returned.

Please submit only ONE writing sample.


3)  Submit fee payment, by one of the following means:

 

Email via e-transfer 

(send to info@youthwrite.com)

 

Online via PayPal: 

(please note that an approximate 3% service charge is applied by PayPal)

JustWrite in the Mountains Workshop Option #1 Single Occupancy - CLICK HERE

or 

JustWrite in the Mountains Workshop Option #2 Double Occupancy - CLICK HERE


or


JustWrite in the Mountains RETREAT Option #1 Single Occupancy - CLICK HERE

or

JustWrite in the Mountains RETREAT Option #2 Double Occupancy - CLICK HERE

 

 

Cheque made payable to YouthWrite Society Canada sent to:

YouthWrite Society Canada

10629 – 127 Street

Edmonton, AB T5N 1W2


 

The JustWrite Team:

 

Instructors:

 

Sheri-D Wilson was appointed the honored position of Poet Laureate of Calgary 2018—2020 (the year of perfect vision). Sheri-D is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released four albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favourite of festivals around the world. She has read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa. In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters—Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University, after launching, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press), and CD Dragon Rouge (poetry and music).  Awards include: The City of Calgary Arts Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She’s frequently a guest on CBC and a long-time favourite at YouthWrite.

 

The Living Story - We will explore your inner story, both in poetry and prose, through automatic writing, improvisation and methods of the oral tradition. You may unearth ideas you didn’t recognize before as we open our imaginations to see with poetry-eyes. I will bring in several selections of poetry and writings of the mystics to inspire you. We will play with the ideas of how we might edit from the oral belvedere. We will also work on textual, vocal and gestural techniques to intensify the delivery/presentation of your work. No experience is necessary.


 

Thomas Trofimuk is an Edmonton writer who does not come lightly to the blank page. He has four novels in the world – The 52nd Poem, which won the 2003 Alberta Novel of the Year and the City of Edmonton Book Prize, Doubting Yourself to the Bone named one of the top 100 must read books for 2006 by the Globe & Mail, Waiting for Columbus, which won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and was short-listed for the Alberta novel of the year, And This is All a Lie, released in 2017 – and has just completed a fifth. He’s a long-time teacher at YouthWrite, and a world famous, spasmodic dancer – people have often asked him if he trained with the Bolshoi Ballet Company and that very well could be true.

 

How to Make Your Stories Exquisite - What should you look for as you edit and revise?  Fill up your tool box for revising, editing, and refining. Let’s begin with some "just writing” exercises, then create a piece written in class.  Let’s next consider that first draft and move forward, looking at the logic, at the beat, for flow, for the sections that might clunk. Let’s explore a list of words that are warning signs of lazy writing.  And let’s instead reach for the exquisite!

 

 

JustWrite Coordinator

 

Gail Sidonie Sobat  is a multi-award-winning teacher and author, with eleven books for children, teens and adults, and a number of educational and academic articles. She is the YouthWrite and JustWrite creator/ coordinator, an international presenter, an instructor in the professional writing program at MacEwan University and in the Faculty of Education at U of A, is The Writers' Union of Canada Regional Representative for Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, and was writer in residence with the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries (2015). Gail is a 2016-2017 Global News Woman of Vision and a 2017 Arts and Culture Citation Award recipient. She has moved thirty-two times in her life from Badlands to Siksika Nation Reserve to hideous suburbs to Istanbul to the Sunshine Coast to her writer’s garret in a century-old temperamental house.