A Short-Story Writing Workshop with Australian Author Karenlee Thompson
Short-story writing is an art unto itself. Australian author Karenlee Thompson facilitates this 3 hour workshop, “How to Look Good in Shorts”, designed to provide participants with practical advice on structure, characters, and hands-on critiquing exercises to whip their short-stories into perfect shape.
This outdoor walking workshop is about the joy of photographing rocks, sand, fossils and other geological formations, led by an artist interested in the science of geology.
While walking the beach at East Bay, participants will engage with earthen textures and histories through the artistic use of the lens. We will learn about shooting landscapes and small pebbles, and we will create photo- abstractions that blur the boundaries between things large and tiny.
I am an artist captivated with the idea of geodiversity – the idea that our geologic earth is a collage of difference. Each land is unique, an ever-changing and non-repeatable fabric of different minerals, animals, plants and theories. I work with the understanding that there is no such thing as a timeless landscape – rather each landscape is time-rich: if fossils can be seen as photographs, then broader terrains can be read as photo albums, whose contents are being continually revised. Every land is a shifting multitude, rife with slices of different pasts, present-times and potential futures embedded within it.
Photo credit: Alicial Hunt
Through my work I seek to ask: What happens when we make landscape photography play by geology’s rules? How do our ideas about space, time and environment change when this question is posed? The past times of Earth are unpredictable, and much can be learned by listening to its layered stories.
WHEN: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 7 & 8 November 2020 from 10 am – Noon
WHERE: the beach at East Bay; participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.
COST: $25 / person. No charge for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.
REGISTRATION: To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 514-979-3978.
The four main objectives of this workshop are as follows. First, to show how geological photography can be a fascinating journey between shooting landscapes, abstractions and very small things. Second, to encourage participants to approach geological science through an artistic lens, showing how an aesthetic interest can foster a curiosity about the earth processes that brought these features into being. Third, to allow participants to grow their confidence in using a camera in an inclusive environment of mutual learning. Fourth, to show participants an enjoyable and rewarding way of engaging with the natural world, embracing the slowness of geological creation.
The workshop is open to all skill levels of photography, and all levels of familiarity with geological concepts. Learning will happen on a basis of mutual respect and inclusiveness as we share our different techniques, theories and ideas.
Participants will be expected to bring their own cameras to use during the workshop. There are no requirements as to the type of camera to be used, so long as the participant is excited about taking photographs with it. Participants should be prepared to move slowly along a rocky beach for 2 hours. It is advised that participants wear weather-appropriate clothing as well as sturdy footwear appropriate for navigating uneven terrain.
Participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach Parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.
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Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia bissett is a poet, editor, painter and musician. He has been a leading figure not only on the West Coast cultural scene, but in Canadian culture nationally. He is an experimental, concrete and performance poet, reciting and chanting his own work. “Make no mistake about it”, wrote one Vancouver journalist, “bill bissett’s poetry is political. How much more subversive can you get?” He has been called a “precious and non-renewable cultural resource” and “a one-man civilization”.
For more information about the workshop, read below…
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Students should be familiar with bill bissett’s work prior to the visit. He recommends selections from seagull on yonge street or canada geese mate for life, or any poem(s) from his recent work. He begins each session with a chant and then reads from his most recent collection. His readings are broken into sections, allowing for questions from students. bissett explores with students the unorthodoxies of his own forms and orthonography, and his use of these expressions as a means of illustrating the very great freedom available to students in creative writing.