Past Sessions

Course 14

We return on Thurs, Sep 18, 2014 to write together from 2pm-4pm at Carnegie Community Centre.

We meet every Thursday until Dec 11, 2014 when we break for winter holidays.

On Sep 18, 2104 Laura Barron is coming to write with us and speak to us about her role in Voice to Voice.

On Sep 25, 2014 UBC composers interested in collaborating with us are welcome to come write with us.

On Oct 16, 2014 Elee is away and Molly Skye Ancel, our excellent co-captain, is facilitating.

On Saturday, Nov 8th, the COMPOSERS attend an optional Collaborative Skills workshop from 12:30-3:30 with Rup Sidhu and Laura Barron at UBC, Music Building, room 304.

On Saturday Nov 15, 2014, from 11-1pm in our classroom the WRITERS will have a special workshop on collaboration and communication run by Rup Sidhu with Elee in attendance.

Thursday, Nov 20, our regular class takes place at St James Church at 303 Cordova St & Gore. Pianist Rena Sharon and soprano Bahareh Poureslami will demo some art song pieces and chat with us from 2:30-3:30pm.

Course 13

Fall 2013 begins Thursday, September 19, 2013, 2-4pm

We are excited to schedule guest readers Ken Belford and Nick Flynn!

These are our session dates. Details will be added. All classes are held at Carnegie Community Centre.

Sep 19, 2013

Sep 26

Sep 29 – Sunday WORD Festival at Vancouver Public Library. Come by the Thursdays Writing Collective table

Oct 3

Oct 10

Oct 17

Oct 24

Oct 31

Nov 7

Nov 14

Nov 21

Nov 28

Dec 5

Dec 12, 2013

 

 

Course 12!

Spring 2013 begins Feb 7, 2013

We meet every Thursday from 2-4pm at Carnegie Community Centre at Hastings and Main Street in Vancouver. While everyone is welcome, preference is given to residents of the Downtown Eastside. Classes are free and you may drop-in anytime. Please bring pen and paper if you have it, otherwise we have some. If you are interested in joining Thursdays Editing Collective or participating in any way (with design, publicity, organization, creativity or enthusiasm) please contact Elee Kraljii Gardiner at thursdayseditor@telus.net. Also consider staying in touch with us for updates on Facebook (Thursdays Writing Collective page or The Stanza Project page) or via Twitter: @EleeKG.

 

Below are class dates. No notes indicate class as usual.

Feb 7, 2013 – First class – Baudelaire, What do you need?

Feb 14 – Love is a bastard – ee cummings, Diana Wakoski, Rumi

Feb 21 – “We” – Gwendolyn Brooks, Jacob Saenz

Feb 28 – improvisation and sound

March 14 Thursdays Editing Collective member Matt Malyon leading half of session with Elee

March 21 Thursdays Editing Collective member Matt Malyon leading half of session with Anne Hopkinson

March 28 Thursdays Editing Collective member Matt Malyon leading half of session with Elee

April 4 – Deadline for all clean, edited submissions for Stanza Project

April 11 –

April 18 –

April 25 –

Classes continue until June 6, 2013 – more details to come

 

 

 

Course 11!

Fall 2012 began on September 13, 2012. As always, we meet every Thursday from 2-4pm at Carnegie Community Centre at Hastings and Main Street in Vancouver. While everyone is welcome, preference is given to residents of the Downtown Eastside. Classes are free and you may drop-in anytime. Please bring pen and paper if you have it, otherwise we have some. If you are interested in joining Thursdays Editing Collective or participating in any way (with design, publicity, organization, creativity or enthusiasm) please contact Elee Kraljii Gardiner at thursdayseditor@telus.net. Also consider staying in touch with us for updates on Facebook (Thursdays Writing Collective page or The Stanza Project page) or via Twitter: @EleeKG.

 

We will supply more details about this fall’s schedule, including dates of guest authors, as they become available.

 

This fall we will be continuing The Stanza Project, a process of writing about space, both poetic and architectural. We will be publishing a journal of our findings. See below for deadlines. Unless otherwise noted all dates below are Thursdays and regular class days!

 

Sep 13, 2012 – first class

Tues, Sep 18 – Postal Code Readings: V6A in V3M. Contributors to the book “V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside” read at New Westminster Library, 716 6th Ave, New Westminster, 7pm. Free.

Sep 20

Sep 27

Oct 4

Tues, Oct 9 – Postal Code Readings: V6A in V6R. Contributors to the book “V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside” read at West Point Grey Branch Vancouver Public Library, 4480 W10th Ave., Vancouver, 6pm

Oct 11

Oct 18

Oct 25

Tues, Oct 30 -Postal Code Readings: V6A in V6M. Contributors to the book “V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside” read at Kerrisdale Branch Vancouver Public Library, 2112 W42nd Ave,Vancouver, 7pm.

Nov 1

Wed, Nov 7 – Launch of Thursdays Writing Collective exhibit at Liu Institute for Global Issues. Info on our month-long exhibit is here. The exhibit will include photos and videos of our work as well as copies of our publications. The opening begins with a night of social writing based on the ideas of access and social responsibility. We hope to have as many DTES residents, Thursdays Writing Collective participants, Westside residents, UBC alumni and students as possible. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Please join us for an hour of raucous writing and snacks! Everyone will be welcome to contribute their writing from the evening to a collective archive of the exhibit that will remain on site and possibly represented in the Stanza Project publication forthcoming in 2013.

Nov 8

Nov 15 – Guest reader Melanie Siebert

Tues, Nov 20 -Postal Code Readings: V6A in V6H. Contributors to the book “V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside” read at Firehall Branch Vancouver Public Library, 1455 W10th Ave, Vancouver, 6pm.

Nov 22

Nov 29- NO REGULAR CLASS TODAY. deadline for all submissions to The Stanza Project publication. Fieldtrip to UBC’s Liu Institute for an open-to-the-public social writing event, 12-1:30. Lunch provided. Transportation available for DTES residents from Carnegie – please sign up in the office.

Dec 6 – last class

 

Early February 2013- Launch of The Stanza Project publication (to be confirmed)

 

New 2013 Session begins Feb 7. Details to come. Please check back here.

 

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Our tenth course began Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 and meets every Thursday from 2-4pm at Carnegie Community Centre at Hastings and Main Street in Vancouver.

Come to the third floor by stair or elevator. Bring pen and paper if you have it, or you can use ours!

 

Our last day of Spring 2012 will be June 7, 2012.

We will post important dates here.

 

April 12, 2012- John Asfour is our guest reader. He’ll be speaking about his 5th book, “Blindfold,” (McGill-Queen’s University Press) Later that night, John and Elee Kraljii Gardiner host the launch of the anthology V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press) which includes several Thursdays Writing Collective members and sales of which benefit the Collective. At the Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings St, 7-9pm, free and open to all.

 

 

Fall 2011 schedule.

We resume Thursday, September 15, 2011, 2-4pm at Carnegie Community Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Join us every Thursday until December 8, 2011 for creative writing discussion and prompts. Classes are free and everyone is welcome to drop in.

This fall’s highlights include participating in the Word on the Street Festival on Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25th, 2011. We will have a Thursdays Writing Collective table for the first time so please stop by and see us at Library Square on Robson Street.

Also, in November we’ll be launching the publication we created from the Writers Caravan project from springtime. That will happen in the first or second week of November at the Memory Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver.

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Course Eight Begins Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Carnegie Centre. Unless otherwise noted, Elee Kraljii Gardiner teaches each Thursday, 2-4pm. Each Thursday members of Thursdays Editing Collective are available after class beginning at 4pm to consult with participants on a first-come, first-served basis. On days with visits from Writers Caravan groups classes will proceed as normal, with a similar format.

Feb 3

Feb 10

Feb 17 Anne Hopkinson teaching

Feb 19, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, first meeting of editing group, Thursdays Revised, with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.  For info click on “Thursdays Editing Collective.”

Feb 23, Wednesday, 1-3pm at Carnegie, UBC Law Students visit to write with Writers Caravan

Feb 24

March 3

March 5, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

March 10

March 17, the SFU’s Writer’s Studio group joins the Writers Caravan for class

March 19, Saturday,2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

March 24 Anne Hopkinson teaching

March 31 Anne Hopkinson teaching

April 2, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

April 4 Monday, 1:30-3pm, Writers Caravan reading with UBC Law Students at UBC, University Centre Lower Level, Room 103. The UCLL is near the Rose Garden and the room is one level below Sage Restaurant.

April 7

April 15, Friday, 7pm, Writers Caravan public reading with SFU’s Writer’s Studio group at Take 5 Cafe, 429 Granville St. Part of the TWS Reading Series.

April 16, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

April 21 Anne Hopkinson teaching

April 28 Writers Caravan visit with Write Club in class, 2-4pm

April 29, Friday Writer’s Jamboree, a day of writing-related workshops, at Carnegie Community Centre

April 30, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

May 5

May 12

May 14, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

May 16 Monday evening, Writers Caravan reading hosted by Write Club at West Side Family Place
2819 West 11th Avenue (at Macdonald), 7-9pm. Direct bus from DTES: take the 22 Macdonald  bus on Pender and get off at Macdonald and 11th Avenue in Kits. West  Side Family Place is on the northwest corner of 11th and  Macdonald. Or, from the Broadway corridor:  Take the 99 B-line to  Macdonald. Walk two blocks south down Macdonald to 11th  Avenue.)

May 19

May 26- submission deadline for two edited pieces for Writers Caravan project

May 28, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

June 2

June 4, Saturday, 2-4pm at Carnegie, last Thursdays Revised with Thursdays Editing Collective members Joan Flood and Kevin Spenst.

June 9 Last class

June 21 Writers Caravan gala reading at Roundhouse Community Centre

November 2011  launch of Writers Caravan publication at the Memory Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Details to come.

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Elee Kraljii Gardiner and assistant Anne Hopkinson are in the midst of  the seventh Thursdays Writing Collective course which began Thursday, September 16, 2010 and runs until December 9th from 2-4pm at the Carnegie Centre in Vancouver. This fall the course is marked with visits from writers Fiona Tinwei Lam, author of the poetry books, “Enter the Chrysanthemum,”and “Intimate Distances,” Cathleen With, author of “Having Faith in the Polar Girls Prison,” and “Skids,”  George McWhirter, Vancouver’s first poet laureate, a translator and author of more than 17 books and his wife, educator Angela Mairead Coid,  and Michael Turner, author of “8 x 10,” “Kingsway,” “The Pornographer’s Poem,” and “Hardcore Logo,” will also visit.

We will be in session:

Sep 16

Sep 23

Sep 30

Oct 7

Oct 14 — Fiona Tinwei Lam on revision

Fiona Lam is the author of Intimate DistancesEnter the Chrysanthemum and is co-editor of the literary non-fiction anthology, Double Lives. Her work has been published in literary magazines Canada-wide and in more than 15 anthologies and has been featured on local transit as part of BC’s Poetry in Transit. She is currently editing an anthology of Canadian contemporary poetry about facing and surviving cancer.

Oct 28

NO CLASS Oct 21

Nov 4 –  George McWhirter and Angela Mairead Coid on the writing life

George McWhirter, Vancouver’s first poet laureate, was born in Belfast in 1939 and taught creative writing at UBC for thirty-five years, He is the author of scores of books of poetry and prose and has translated several contemporary Mexican poets. Joining him is wife, Angela, an educator and writer.

NO CLASS Nov 11

Nov 18

Nov 25 – Cathleen With on voices

Cathleen With is the author of Skids, short stories about street kids on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and the novel Having Faith in the Polar Girls Prison. Cathleen has worked as a social activist in Kathmandu, Calcutta, Cambodia and a teacher in Inuvik.

Dec 2 – Michael Turner on sociopolitical engagement in writing

Michael Turner is an author of fiction, poetry, criticism and song. His books include Hard Core LogoThe Pornographer’s PoemKingsway and most recently, 8×10. He blogs at this address: http://mtwebsit.blogspot.com

Dec 9 – Last Day of Class

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