Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops

Spring Session 2017
Workshop leader: TANYA EVANSON

SATURDAY, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
QWF Office – 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC
(Atwater Metro Station)
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

There will be a one-hour lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There are many restaurants in the neighbourhood, including a food court in Alexis Nihon Plaza.

Spoken word is part of preliterate human heritage and has seen a resurgence as a modern, interdisciplinary arts practice that unites writing and performance. It is a vast umbrella beneath which live poetry, storytelling, hip-hop, dub, epics, folklore, song, experimental sounds and more.

This workshop will traverse silence and sound in the creation and study of spoken word. Meditation, observation, investigation, magical editing, and unique vocal exercises will allow quiet literature to become roaring orature unleashed in a non-competitive spoken word cabaret.

Requirements are passion, patience, paper, pen, mind, body, and voice.

I encourage participants to forget everything they know about spoken word in popular culture and enter as artists whose job it is to reflect the times, ask questions and predict the future with courage and confidence.

Tanya Evanson
Credit: Temmuz Arsiray

Tanya Evanson is in the continuum of griots. She is a Montreal poet, performer and director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. She performs internationally, has published six artist books of poetry and four audio recordings including the latest ZENSHIP (2016). In 2013, she received the Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Recent work includes guest editing Arc Poetry Magazine, publication in Arc, Oratorealis, Cordite, Litlive, WomanSpeak, More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZBOOKS 2016) and Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015), with forthcoming work in ROOM and WSQ. Recent spoken word performances include Blue Metropolis, Suoni per il Popolo, Verses Festival of Words, Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Australia's Story Fest and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.



Registration Information

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For more information:

(514) 933-0878
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QWF gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada