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Poetry and Creativity Workshops by Pandora’s Collective

What is a workshop?

Pandora’s offers poetry and writing workshops designed to boost creativity and build confidence around self-expression.

The workshops guide participants to find their stories and to express themselves in a fun, dynamic, and supportive atmosphere. Most importantly, the workshops get people writing!

Each workshop is 90 minutes in length and consists of at least three writing exercises followed by an opportunity for participants to share their work with the group.

Who are Pandora’s workshops designed for?

Everyone! We love mentoring new writers. Pandora’s workshops have inspired hundreds of children and adults of all ages to reach for their pens and capture their experiences with words. We particularly enjoy working with those in transition or those looking for a new outlet to express themselves.

Who are the workshop facilitators?

We are poets, writers, performance poets, and storytellers with over twenty years of experience creating and facilitating writing workshops to diverse groups of participants. We’ve taught in prisons, adult education centres, treatment facilities, elementary, high schools and alternative schools across Canada, in Greater Vancouver and in the vibrant Downtown Eastside.

Why should I book a workshop?

Poetry and creative writing workshops are fun! They give participants the opportunity to express themselves, explore their creativity, connect with their stories, and boost their self-esteem.

Pandora’s takes pride in providing participants with tools for expression that they can use for the rest of their lives – regardless of their skill level or life experience.

Our workshops are a fabulous way to kick off the teaching of a poetry section in the classroom.

Pandora’s workshops are highly effective in inspiring “unreachable” kids to get out of the box, focus, and create!

How do I book a workshop?

Email us at
workshops@pandorascollective.com. You can also email us with any questions or to request a workshop tailored to your organization’s needs.


Poetry and Creativity Workshop Facilitators


Bonnie Nish has been Executive Director of the Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society, a Vancouver charity established to promote literacy and self-expression in our community, for the past seven years. As Pandora’s Director, Bonnie has created programs for all ages and facilitated writing workshops in a wide variety of Vancouver elementary and high schools, libraries, drop-in centres, and festivals, including the Vancouver Public Library Book Camp. Overall, she has twenty years of experience working with children and adults in a range of capacities. In recent years, Bonnie created and maintained the Loonie Backpack Drive to provide kids in Zimbabwe with school supplies. She’s also a widely published poet, with writings in journals such as Quills, hackwriters.com, blueprintreview.com, and several anthologies.

Marni Norwich
is the author of Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press, 2008) and a regular reader at events around Vancouver. She’s passionate about collaborative artistic ventures and sometimes performs her poetry alongside dancers and musicians.

Marni has facilitated writing workshops for nineteen years, in adult and child educational facilities, community centres, drop-ins, and prisons. She works as a writer/editor with her business, Inkcat Media & Associates (inkcatmedia.com).

Shannon Rayne is an accomplished performance poet and storyteller who has facilitated creative writing workshops for over five years. She is the workshop facilitator at the Fearless Writers Circle in Vancouver's vibrant Downtown Eastside and has led writing and performance workshops in elementary and high schools in the Greater Vancouver area and in cities across the country when on tour. Shannon has also worked in the field of addiction and mental illness and has taught writing workshops geared toward self-expression for those in recovery and transition. She has performed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, the Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, and Under the Volcano Festival. Her work has been published in broadsides and chapbooks by dirty rat pack press and pooka press and has appeared in other publications and literary journals.

Steve Duncan is a producer, publicist, free-lance writer, and poet. He has sat on the boards of Vancouver Poetry House, and East Vancouver’s Notorious Theatre in the Raw. He was the president of the Celtic Fest Vancouver Society and the Edgewise Electrolit Centre - a non-profit society with a mandate was to exploit communications technology in order to widen the audience of Canadian poetry. Drawing from both his extensive work experience as a healthcare administrator and his formal training in Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University, then combining these with his innate love for all things creative, positive and progressive, Duncan has blazed a unique trail for himself as a Vancouver Arts community builder and a mentor to dozens of artists and small non-profits, specializing in literary-based entertainers, theatre companies and festivals. Currently he is developing a half-hour TV talk show for Shaw Cable called "Via Mia". www.viamia.net. Science fiction icon, Ray Bradbury calls his work, "fine poetry".

Pam Bentley is a writer of poetry, stories and scripts. She has taught English, Creative Writing, Performance Poetry, and Drama at high schools in the Ottawa area, in Calgary, in Amritsar, India, and at a college in Española, New Mexico. She facilitates poetry workshops for Pandora’s Collective, as well as producing short films, book trailers, and a mockumentary web-series, Vita Bella: The Dogumentary. Her most recent film project is George Bowering’s “little black strap.” She has three self-published poetry chapbooks. She co-hosts, with RC Weslowski, the weekly show, Wax Poetic, on Vancouver Coop Radio 102.7 FM. www.vitabellathedogumentary.com