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If you are interested in participating in one of our workshops please email workshops@pandorascollective.com.

Basic Chapbook Design and Marketing

Be your own publisher. Join the ranks of literary giants like Hunter S. Thompson and Ray Bradbury and learn how to create a “chapbook” (your very own professional-looking published booklet) step-by-step, from editing through basic graphic design, right through to distribution. This unique, hands-on workshop starts by getting each participant to assemble their own text book! We go on to: - look at the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing - offer various modern and rare examples of this ancient type of publication! - give you tips for marketing and publicizing your book on a shoestring budget! A basic knowledge of computers and word processing programs like Microsoft Word is required. Reference material provided. Facilitated by poet, performer, and long-time graphic designer, S.R. Duncan.

S.R. Duncan:
Shoe-string Marketing and Publicity Expert S.R. Duncan is a poet, performer, graphic designer, blogger and host of Wax Poetic Radio Show. His blogs include Commercial Drive Live, BC Entertainment Facts & Trivia and My Life as a Blog.


Free Verse: A Poetry Class
Join us for an intimate (8 students maximum) four-week poetry course. The focus will be on helping each poet hone her/his voice and explore a series of themes. We will play with imagery, line break, rhythm, diction/syntax, etc. Each class will include invigorating writing exercises, reading and discussion of some of the great poems of our time, and sharing work with the group. At the end of the course, each poet will turn in a short portfolio (6-10 pages) for individual feedback from the teacher. The course will be conducted by Jen Currin and held at her house. Tea provided.

Jen Currin
has published two books of poems, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005) and Hagiography (Coach House Books, 2008). The Inquisition Yours is forthcoming from Coach House in 2010. She has taught creative writing for many years, most recently at Langara College Continuing Studies and the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (online).

Ekphrastic Poetry

Ekphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art, though in ancient times ekphrasis referred to the description of any thing, person, or experience. Join Christine Leclerc for an exploration of ekphrastic poetry. Participants will become familiar with existing works of ekphrastic poetry and complete a number of writing exercises. Participants are also invited to bring objects to write from, though this is not required.

Christine LeClerc
, originally from Montreal, now lives in Vancouver. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in 42opus, Dig, FRONT, FU, Memewar, OCHO, Pistola, subTerrain, terry, the Worksound gallery, and is forthcoming in Interim. Leclerc is the author of Counterfeit, a book of poetry published by Capilano University Editions (CUE) in fall 2008. She teaches creative writing at Langara College Continuing Studies.

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Prose Poem

Perched between poetry and prose, the prose poem occupies a tricky space. It is genre-bending by nature, and encourages flights of fancy, surrealist moments, dreams, circular arguments…In this two-hour workshop we will practice writing prose poems and read some of the best this genre has to offer.

Jen Currin
has published two books of poems, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005) and Hagiography (Coach House Books, 2008). The Inquisition Yours is forthcoming from Coach House in 2010. She has taught creative writing for many years, most recently at Langara College Continuing Studies and the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (online).


Collage & Mixed Media for Beginners

Collage is great for people who like to work with many different materials or don't know yet what materials they like to use. The course combines learning and experience using collage techniques/materials with drawing, acrylic painting, and words (poetry/quotes). The course will include discussion about: composition, perspective, colour schemes, drawing/painting styles, texture and demonstrations on the use of materials. The emphasis is on fun, learning at your own pace, individual projects and individual instruction in a small class setting. Bring inspiring photos, graphics, words, and supplies to use as a starting point for the first class. Duration: 6 weeks

Eva Waldauf
has been an exhibiting artist in both Vancouver and Toronto for 23 years. She creates Collage/Mixed Media Art, Acrylic Paintings, Woodcut and Lino block Prints and Sculpture. She has taught Acrylic Painting and Collage for 31/2 years at the Vancouver School Board, and has taught Acrylic Painting and Sculpture at Community Centres & private classes for 4 years. Eva has also been writing Poetry for 71/2 years, and reading poetry for the last 4 years. She enjoys incorporating words into her Collage art and paintings.