Sunday, November 04, 2012

the return of rob mclennan's poetry workshops: January-March, Collected Works Bookstore, Ottawa

After a break of nearly two years, I return once again to offering poetry workshops at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar, Wellington & Holland, Ottawa. [update: due to the uncertainties at Collected Works, the workshops have shifted to the upstairs room at The Carleton Tavern, Parkdale + Armstrong Streets; same times, same dates]

The workshops are scheduled for Monday nights, from 7 to 9pm: January 14, 21 and 28; February 4, 11, 18 and 25; March 4.

$200 for 8 sessions.

for information, contact rob mclennan at or 613 239 0337;

An eight week poetry workshop, the course will focus on workshopping writing of the participants, as well as reading various works by contemporary writers, both Canadian and American. Participants should be prepared to have a handful of work completed before the beginning of the first class, to be workshopped (roughly ten pages).

Previous participants over the past few years have included: Amanda Earl, Frances Boyle, Roland Prevost, Christine McNair, Pearl Pirie, Sandra Ridley, Marilyn Irwin, Rachel Zavitz, Janice Tokar, Dean Steadman, Nicholas Lea and Marcus McCann.

For those unable to participate, I hope to run another workshop later in the fall, and still offer my ongoing editorial service of poetry manuscript reading, editing and evaluation.

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2011, and in 2012, was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, and shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award. His most recent titles are the poetry collections grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and kate street (Moira, 2011), and a second novel, missing persons (The Mercury Press, 2009), as well as a slew of recent chapbooks with above/ground press, little red leaves textile editions, Corrupt Press, Grey Borders Books, Gorse Press, Free Poetry For, unarmed journal, &then&then, The Red Ceilings Press, Apostrophe Press and Smallminded Books. An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at

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