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The next twelve week Thursdays creative writing course begins on Thursday, March 18, 2-4pm at the Carnegie Community Centre in Vancouver.

Everyone is welcome to drop in and write with us.

This spring we are looking forward to in-class visits with poet Fiona Lam (Enter the Chrysanthemum, Intimate Distances) and novelist/short story writer Cathleen With (Having Faith in the Polar Girls Prison, Skids).

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Vancouver poet Fiona Tinwei Lam visited the Thursdays Collective today, November 5, 2009. Fiona began with offering a prompt: a line from her poem, “I Don’t Understand Love,” from Intimate Distances (Nightwood Editions, 2002). The line is, “I see them on the bus in the seat in front of me,” and the classroom riffed on the topic in surprising and creative ways  in the fifteen minute exercise. She then read poems from both Intimate Distances and her new book, Enter the Chrysanthemum (Caitlin Press, 2009) including “Before Breakfast,” “Weed Killer” and “Camouflage,” which participants recognized from BC’s Poetry in Transit  program in 2002 that exhibited poems inside busses. She shared her thoughts on the interplay between  imagery, structure and sound and proposed that, “a poem is about connection or disconnection.” Throughout, she was a gracious and informative speaker.

A note from Fiona Tinwei Lam:

“Thanks again for inviting me to your Thursdays class! What wonderful,
insightful, intelligent and creative participants. It was such a
pleasure to be there. It was the best audience I’ve ever had
too–really attentive and very aware of the words.”

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Join us on Thursday, November 5, 2009 2-4pm, in the third floor classroom of the Carnegie Centre at Hastings and Main Streets in Vancouver, to hear guest speaker and poet Fiona Tinwei Lam.

Fiona will read from her new book of poetry Enter the Chrysanthemum, lead writing prompts and discuss the writing life.   Everyone is welcome.

Fiona Tinwei Lam’s work has been published in literary magazines  across Canada (The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Room, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, Event, Canadian Literature, Descant among others) and in over a dozen anthologies (Canada, U.S. and Hong Kong). Her work has also appeared on CBC Radio and in The Globe & Mail.  Her first book of poetry, Intimate Distances was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award.  She is a co-editor of and contributor to the anthology, Lives: Writing and Mothering, published by McGill-Queens University Press. Her latest book of poetry is Enter the Chrysanthemum. More information is available on the author’s website: http://fionalam.net/

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