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Writing workshops and more at the library

Writing workshops and more at the library

Writing is about much more than CBC “writers to watch” or bestseller lists. The need to write doesn’t typically come from professional ambition, but from a deeper desire to share a story, to write ourselves or something we care about into the world. While writing is usually a solo activity, it can connect us to a wider community through workshops, book clubs, open mics and more.

To better support the personal growth and community-building potential of writing, the Gibsons Public Library has launched “Enriching Words: Library Writing Series”, generously sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union. We will offer 10 writing workshops over the course of the year, ranging in topics and genres. The first of these took place in April with poet Isabella Wang.

Kwantlen poet/playwrite Joseph Dandurand is conducting a writing workshop at the Arts Centre in Sechelt June 22 at 1pm. Photo submitted

The second, “Share Your Gift” with Kwantlen poet/playwright Joseph Dandurand, happens Saturday, June 22, 1 pm at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, as part of the Sechelt Nation’s Cultural Crawl. Joseph Dandurand is the author of 13 books of poetry, and recently completed a stint as the Vancouver Public Library’s Storyteller in Residence. At this workshop, everyone is invited to join: “Our people say that each of us has a gift. My gift is to write,” Dandurand says. “Our people also say that we must share our gift. This workshop is for anyone who writes or who would like to learn how to write poetry, stories, or any other form of writing…So please come and join us and share with us your gift.” Register by calling the library at 604-886-2130.

The next workshop in the series, “Speak Your Truth, Find Your Power” with spoken-word poet Jillian Christmas, happens July 23-24, for youth ages 11-15. Summer at the library is packed with programs and events for young people, from coding to Teddy-Bear Sleepovers. It all gets started on Saturday, June 22, 11 am, with the Summer Reading Club Kick-off Party and Puppet Show, where you can also pick up the Summer Reading Challenge pamphlet. Visit us online to register or to learn more. Space is limited for some programs, so register early to avoid disappointment.

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