Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops

Fall Session 2017
Workshop leader: Shannon Webb-Campbell

Saturday October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
QWF Office – 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC

Workshop fee: $80 for QWF members; $100 for non-members
Cost of QWF membership (annual) and workshop: $115
Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot.
For more information, or to register:
(514) 933-0878 or

This workshop is part of a constellation of activities tied to Turtle Island Reads. For more information see
Poets of all levels, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are welcome.

Indigenous poetry is inherently decolonial. It disrupts the colonial imagination. Part of my objective for this Indigenous Poetics one-day workshop is to decolonize poetics, and overthrow the colonial mindset of Canadian poetry as we honour the land, ancestors, and every line break and stanza inscribed on Turtle Island.

In this workshop, we will break new poetic ground through decolonial practices, and fuse Indigenous and non-Indigenous poetic strategies through various exercises, Traditional knowledge and ancestral poetic wisdom.

All are welcome, from those who don’t know where to start to those who are already wrestling with what it means to live and write on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. The island called “Montreal” is known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people. Given the ongoing effects of colonization, we are at a crossroads on Turtle Island, and it is our responsibility as poets to reconnect with the lands and waters. Our role as poets is to honour the ancestors, and create a poetic footprint for generations to come.

This workshop will give examples and exercises to unpack and dismantle the colonial agenda through poetics. Along with several Indigenous poets like Liz Howard, Jordan Abel, Brian Brett, some examples will come from other Indigenous knowledge systems (e.g. the medicine wheel, healing plants, and philosophy); all poetics will be First Nations thinkers, writers, and idea makers.

So bring pen, paper and open heart.

Shannon Webb-Campbell
Credit: Dayna Danger

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq)-settler poet, writer and critic. She is the author of Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015) and Who Took My Sister? (BookThug, 2018). She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence in 2014, and is currently a board member. Shannon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and is working towards an MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her play The Landless Band opens at LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland in Spring 2018. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.


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QWF gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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