2015 Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence now on campus

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The 2015 Wilfrid Laurier University Edna Staebler Writer-In-Residence is...

Sonnet L'Abbé

Sonnet is on the Laurier campus from Jan. 19 to Apr. 13, 2015. Drop by her office at DAWB 5 - 108A (next to the Dean of Arts office) or email her at sonnetlabbe@gmail.com.

Sonnet L'Abbé is available to read your writing, discuss books and to answer your questions about the writing life. Make an appointment to chat, send her your work, or come to one of her talks, reading discussions or workshops.

Talks

Listen, Chat, Mingle

Date Event Location
Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Moving the Weary Heart Hawk's Nest
Week of Feb 23 Agriculture and Poetry WLU Brantford
Mar. 12, 1 p.m. On Gendered Violence WLU Faculty of Social Work
Apr. 8, 7 p.m. Pleasure of Metaphor Milton Public Library
TBA Closing Talk and Panel TBA

Workshops

Some practical comfort-zone pushing for writers of any genre. Bring a notebook and a pen.

Event Date Time Location
Plant Poetry I Tuesday, Feb. 3 4 p.m. Bricker Aacademic 431
Plant Poetry II Tuesday, Mar. 31 4 p.m. Bricker Academic 431

"Booky Hour"

A living-room "book-club style" discussion hosted by Sonnet in Lucinda House, 157 Albert St. 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Come having read the book or not, or contact Sonnet for an excerpt for the week's readings.

Jan 29: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Feb 5: Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Feb 26: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Mar 5: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Mar 19: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Apr 2: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

More details:

Workshop: Plant Poetry I – Tuesday, February 3 at 4 p.m. in BA431

Poetry about pretty flowers has long been a favorite form for writers who wish to sing praises to nature's glory. But contemporary writers, confronted with ecological change, often want to write in ways that bring us closer to nature than simple aesthetic appreciation can. One way to do this is to try to imagine the world from the point of view of non-human beings; another is to look to popular science to give substance to our emotional engagement with plants. This workshop will focus on how we might let plants teach us new ways of thinking and new forms writing. This exercise-based workshop is for any aspiring creative writer who wants to break out of writing habits, experiment with form, or find new ways to find inspiration from their everyday environment.

Workshop: Plant Poetry II -- Tuesday, March 31, 4 p.m. in BA431

This workshop follows up on the question posed in the last workshop: how might plants teach us new forms of thinking and writing? How might we imagine the world from the point of view of non-human beings? In this workshop we attempt poetry that participates in the world of biosemiotics, that is, the systems of signs and codes that function in the more-than-human world. In this session we consider the fact that plants communicate with each other non-linguistically, and work through writing exercises that imagine plant-like forms of expression. This exercise-based workshop is for any aspiring creative writer who wants to break out of writing habits, experiment with form, or find new ways to find inspiration from their everyday environment. Even if you missed the first workshop, you will still be able to participate in this one.

"Booky Hour"

Writer-in-Residence Sonnet L'Abbé hosts this casual, informal "happy hour" of book discussion in the living room of Lucinda House. Each week we will talk about a book that has gotten a lot of recent buzz – you'll get the most out of the chat if you've read the book, but if you are pressed for time you can contact Sonnet for a pdf of an excerpt. If you're just interested in seeing how a book chat works, you are still most welcome to come, listen and comment, even if you haven't read the book. Thursdays at 4:30 at 157 Albert St. (across Albert Street from the Seminary).

Campus

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