March 12, 2012
Writin' and No 'Rithmatic
Writer's Fest features poetry readings
Released by UFV
Irani, UFV's current writer in residence, will be the keynote
speaker at the fifth annual Mission Writers and Readers Festival
Saturday March 10.
The Festival is
co-sponsored by the UFV English Department and the Fraser Valley
Regional Library, and organized by the Mission Lifetime Learning
Centre. Vancouver poet Billeh Nickerson will also present a poetry
The festival will be held at Heritage Park Centre (33700 Prentis
Ave., Mission). This successful ongoing community event is of
interest to all readers and writers, and will feature readings by
established writers, participatory workshops on aspects of writing,
and a speed networking session with local writers and editors. This
year, the emphasis will be "how to get published," and two of the
workshops will focus on this area.
The morning workshops will be "From Scene to Plot" with UFV creative
writing instructor Rajneesh Dhawan, whose own play received a staged
reading at Abbotsford's Reach Gallery last year, and "Publishing:
Connecting with the Invisible World" with long-time writer and
editor Marion Quednau. The afternoon workshops will be "Basic
Chapbook Design and Marketing" with Steve Duncan, and "Writing
Poetry" with Billeh Nickerson.
include local writer and translator John Herl; Rhett Nicholson,
publisher of the local Optimix magazine for teens; Sharon Syrette,
local Mission historian; Ken Herar, cultural columnist for the
Abbotsford Times; and Steve Duncan. Participants will circulate for
five minute conversations with these experts, who can talk about
writing, publishing and research.
Registration is $10 for students, $30 for general admission, and
lunch can be purchased for $7. Pre-registration is encouraged,
especially for Steve. Duncan's workshop. You can pre-register at the
Lifetime Learning Centre, 3244 Seventh Ave., Mission, V2V 2B5,
phone: (604) 820-0220, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday from 9 am to 3
On-site registration will
open at 9:30 am on March 10.
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