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Writing Craft Series

Every person has a story — and this is your chance to soak up the expertise of some of the amazing writers featured at THIN AIR 2023, including Margarita Saona, Joan Thomas, Mimi Tempestt, Amber O'Reilly, and Matthew Tétreault.

Workshops take place Sunday afternoons throughout the fall; registration required. PWYC ($30/session recommended).


Sunday October 15, 2 pm.

Writing Craft 2: Poetry and Pain, with Margarita Saona (online)

Award-winning poet MARGARITA SAONA will offer you a path to create poetry from experiences of physical illness and alienation.

MARGARITA SAONA is an award-winning Peruvian poet and fiction-writer, and a professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


Sunday, October 29, 2pm

Writing Craft 3: Taking on the Climate Crisis, with Joan Thomas (online)

Tackle the challenges of writing realistic fiction in the shadow of a climate emergency with award-winning writer JOAN THOMAS.

JOAN THOMAS is the Governor General's Award winning author of Wild Hope, Five Wives and three other novels. She lives in Winnipeg.


Sunday, November 12, 2 pm

Writing Craft 4: Writing with the Noise, with Mimi Tempestt (online)

Poet and performer Mimi Tempestt is offering a structured mind experiment on how to channel your mess into mode and medium.

MIMI TEMPESTT (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and daughter of California. She has an MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.


Dimanche 26 novembre, 14 h

Writing Craft 5: Poésie parlée, avec Amber O'Reilly (en ligne)

Affinez vos réflexes créatifs dans cet atelier de spoken word avec l'artiste de slam Amber O'Reilly.

AMBER O'REILLY est une poète, slameuse, autrice de théâtre, scénariste, recherchiste et animatrice d'événements multilingue originaire de Yellowknife et établie à Winnipeg depuis 2013.


Sunday, December 10, 2 pm

Writing Craft 6: Approaching Multilingual Fiction, with Matthew Tétreault (online)

Explore the challenges and gifts of linguistically diverse prose with Matthew Tétreault.

MATTHEW TÉTREAULT is Métis and French-Canadian from Ste. Anne, Manitoba. He is the author of What Happened on the Bloodvein, a collection of short stories. Hold Your Tongue is his first novel. He lives in Winnipeg.