From Prose to Music: a Methods Workshop with Phil Hall

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Registration for this event will close on April 20, 2024 @ 10:00am.

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Poets are invited to submit two poems each in advance.  Please send poems to after registration.


The workshop will focus on ways to move your poetry away from prose toward a more musical sense of line, etc. Time, syntax, meaning, chronology, accuracy, punctuation, and other elements will be considered while we read each others' poems and think about their methods.


The group will workshop one poem for each participant. For the second submitted poem, Phil will give back with written notes, suggested authors’ poems & books, etc.

 Phil Hall has published widely in Canada for more than 50 years. Some recent titles are: Niagara & Government (2020); Toward a Blacker Ardour (2021); The Ash Bell (2022); and his new book Vallejo's Marrow (2024). He has won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in English, and Ontario’s Trillium Book Award. He is the founder of Flat Singes Press, and of the Page Lecture Series at Queen’s University. He has been writer-in-residence at the Pierre Berton House in the Yukon, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatchewan, the University of New Brunswick, and elsewhere He is a valued editor and reader of his own poetry. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Al Purdy A-Frame.


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