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logoIn support of WORDSWORTH 2014 SUMMER LITERARY CAMP I am taking part in their SCRAWL-A-THON fundraiser.

Wordsworth is a writing residency for youth between the ages of 12-19. It’s a residency sleepover for a week and a place for them to come and get a writing experience they can’t get anywhere else. It’s a place to come and explore the written word through the arts. We do everything from spoken word, visual poetry, photography, comics, nonfiction, journalism [to] fiction. Every year it changes, and the students come and study it. They eat it, they live it, and they breathe it for a week. We try to bring in instructors that can bring in something unique and different that children wouldn’t get in classrooms or community course.

I have taught for WORDSWORTH in 2011 and 2012 (and plan to return this year) and my daughter is also eager to enroll as a camper this year.

On Saturday March 15 from 4pm-10pm I will endeavour, for 6 hours straight, to create a large-scale visual poem directly on the windows of LOFT112, a new literary space here in Calgary ( Alongside me will be up to 20 authors, each writing for 6 hours straight, and each trying to raise pledges in support of Wordsworth.

This writing marathon is designed to raise funds and raise awareness for WORDSWORTH — all funds raised will go directly to helping the camp run again this year

I write to ask you for DONATIONS / PLEDGES in support of my 6 hour marathon (and in support of WORDSWORTH) – all donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt through the Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA).

If you are interested in donating – and thus helping an amazing summer camp dedicated to Alberta Youth who are interested in writing — please email me with a brief note, and you can donate online (via credit card) here.

For the week of July 10-16 2011, I am teaching in Bragg Creek as part of the Wordsworth Literary Camp (aimed at 15-19 year olds). I’ll be teaching “Thriving under pressure” in which students will discuss how poets and fiction writers have found means of making language flourish under the most rigorous of restrictions; hone your voice through exercises related to some of the most unusual contemporary books out there: narrative without words, poems without letters, throat-singing and beat-boxing, missing vowels, restricted word-counts, visual poetry, sound poetry — all of these subjects are fodder for a class which will challenge how you see writing and what it means to be a writer.