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The Nook & Cranny Writing Retreat a weekend exploration of poetry and prose

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The Nook & Cranny Writing Retreat:

a weekend exploration of poetry and prose

with award-winning writers Lauren Carter and Ariel Gordon

Dates: November 3-5, 2023

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Join award-winning writers Lauren Carter and Ariel Gordon for a creative and inspiring weekend of community, delicious food, and explorations of the nooks and crannies of your literary imagination at Bell Aura Bed & Breakfast in Carman, Manitoba, only one hour west of Winnipeg.

Write your heart out in workshops focused on poetry and fiction. Chat about words, stories, and writing under the century-old stained glass. Make a tea and grab a hardback gothic novel in the B&B’s cozy library or take a river-side walk before exploring the quaint shops and historic art gallery in Carman’s cute downtown. Want more creative time? Retire to your writing-themed room, notebook in hand.

Share your work (optional!) at our after-supper open mic and celebrate Ariel’s new collaborative poetry collection (written with Brenda Schmidt) before donning a flamboyant hat from the proprietor’s costume collection for our fancy dress karaoke house party.

Held in a setting that fires the imagination, this weekend will be full of creative surprises, imaginative explorations, indulgent meals, and fun. Spots are limited; grab yours today!

Lauren Carter (she/her) is the author of five books. Her latest–short story collection Places Like These–was a Globe & Mail recommended read in Spring 2023. Her last novel This Has Nothing To Do With You won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction from the Manitoba Books Awards, when she also received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her first novel Swarm appeared on the CBC Canada Read’s longlist. She has also published two poetry collections: Lichen Bright and Following Sea. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and has taught creative writing to students from around the world, including Syria, Qatar, and California, while running writing retreats with other writers, including Wild Writing in the Boreal, held annually in April.

Ariel Gordon (she/her) is a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 territory-based writer, editor, and enthusiast. She is the ringleader of Writes of Spring, a National Poetry Month project with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival that appears in the Winnipeg Free Press. Gordon’s essay “Red River Mudlark” was 2nd place winner of the Kloppenberg Hybrid Grain Contest in Grain Magazine and other work appeared this year in FreeFall, Columba Poetry, Canthius, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Gordon’s third collection of poetry, Siteseeing: Writing nature & climate across the prairies, written in collaboration with Saskatchewan poet Brenda Schmidt and will appear in fall 2023. Her second book of CNF, Fungal, will appear with Wolsak & Wynn in spring 2024.