Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops

Fall Session 2017
Workshop leader: Derek Webster

Ten Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
October 4 – December 13 (no meeting on November 1)

QWF Office – 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC

Workshop fee: $200 for QWF members; $250 for non-members
Cost of QWF membership (annual) and workshop: $235

Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot.

For more information, or to register:
(514) 933-0878 or

Beginners and experienced poets alike are welcome.

Rise and shine, line breakers! This is an engaging and inspiring workshop in reading, writing and editing poems. Most sessions will involve workshopping participants’ poems, which may or may not be inspired by a theme (60 mins.), then reading and discussion, an exercise, and a new writing assignment (60 mins). The tone of the workshop is fun, supportive and flexible.

Week 1: Poetry basics: scansion, rhyme, rhythm, metaphor and form
Reading traditional poetry: Donne, Wordsworth, Eliot, Kumin, Larkin
Exercise: Exquisite Corpse
Assignment: form poem

Week 2: Telling Stories in Poetry: Chaucer, Bishop, Shapiro, Levine
Exercise: Identifying your own stories
Assignment: narrative poem

Week 3: Poetry and Painting: Auden, Berryman, Keats
Exercise: Looking at paintings
Assignment: ekphrastic poem

Week 4: Politics and Poetry: Forché, Olds, Page, Howard, Lockhart
Exercise: speaking poems aloud, video & audio recordings
Assignment: political poem

Week 5: Animals & Landscapes: Wyatt, Larkin, Hughes, Snyder, Wright
Exercise: Imaginative sympathy
Assignment: nature poem

Week 6: Sonnets New & Old: Shakespeare, Frost, Oliver, Bidart
Exercise: in-class sonnet exercise
Assignment: sonnet

Week 7: Revision: Yeats’ revisions, Pound’s Waste Land revisions, more
Revision exercise
Assignment: revising one’s poems

Week 8: Messin’ with Method: Collage, Erasures, Found Poems
Exercise: in-class method exercise
Assignment: method poem

Week 9: Voice & Tone: Whitman, Dickenson, Wright, Strand, Solie
Exercise: Looking at one’s poems as a whole
Assignment: create a collection

Week 10: Workshopping collections
Final words: publishers, manuscripts, publication and beyond

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Derek Webster is the author of Mockingbird (Signal Editions), finalist for the 2016 Gerald Lampert Award for best first book. He received an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and is the founding editor of Maisonneuve magazine. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous publications over the years including Agni, Boston Review, Partisan, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, The Walrus and The Globe & Mail. Presently working on his second manuscript of poems, he is a freelance editor/writing coach and associate programmer for Blue Metropolis.


Registration Information

To register, email [ workshops AT QWF DOT org ].

Payment Information

Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot. Payment options are listed in the column to the right.

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cancellation policy.

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For more information:

(514) 933-0878
[ workshops AT QWF DOT org ]

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

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada