New Poetry Guild to hold workshops

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by the NG Poetry Guild

The newly formed North Grenville Poetry Guild is hosting a range of writing workshops this fall and winter at the Kemptville Youth Centre for anyone (adult or youth) who is interested. The Kemptville Youth Centre is a central resource in North Grenville that offers a variety of youth programs, mentorship, and resources toward providing opportunities and knowledge for youth in our community. It is offering its space to the North Grenville Poetry Guild for these workshops.

In October, Nel Coloma-Moya held an introductory workshop on photopoetry, and talked a bit about its potential for encouraging a range of creative work. Participants developed their own poetry at the workshop and discussed combining photos with poems.

On Wednesday, November 24, from 6:30-8:30, local author and art therapist Anne Walsh will be hosting a creative journaling workshop for community members who want to start writing or who are developing their own project. Anne is known for her engaging, interactive workshops which aim to guide one’s creative process through writing and art. Anne has written children’s books such as Have You Hugged Your Alien, created a deck of art therapy cards for women, Women in Transition, and a resource for parents, Out of the Mouths of Moms, a diverse collection of stories about motherhood aimed at lessening feelings of isolation through community building and shared experiences. She can be found at: https://annewalsh.ca/art-therapy.

On December 15, poet Chris Turnbull will offer a second session of photopoetry in a relaxed atmosphere, focusing on making photopoems, unmaking photos and poems, experimenting with language, image, and form, and “next steps” for participants, including other forms of creativity. No experience is necessary.

For more information about the North Grenville Poetry Guild, for memberships and events, and to register for the fall and winter workshops, please go to: https://www.experienceartfest.com.

For more information about the Kemptville Youth Centre’s resources and youth programming, please go to: https://www.kyc.team.

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