Anne Simpson [John Berridge]

Anne Simpson reading and workshops

UPEI Winter’s Tales events in October

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Anne Simpson, novelist and poet, will read from her new novel and poetry collection on October 28 at 7:30 pm in The Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. She will also lead two workshops at UPEI on October 30.

The fiction workshop “The Risky Trip to the Underworld—What are Your Characters Doing?” will take place from 9:30 am–12 pm. Margaret Atwood wrote that “perhaps all writing is motivated…by a desire to make the risky trip to the underworld and to bring something or someone back from the dead.” Simpson will ask participants to think about what their characters are doing and seeking. Who or what stands in their way? The workshop will allow participants to consider their characters in terms of fears and desires, how their characters drive the story because they want something, and, ultimately, what their characters must risk for the story to have substance.

The poetry workshop “Finding the Form: The Joys of Shaping Your Poem” will take place from 1:30–4 pm and will look at how the shape and structure of a poem can give it greater impact and how this can be the fun part. Participants will revel in the ways a poem can mean new things according to the form in which they choose to write it. This poetry workshop is for those who like playing with words and putting those words together in unexpected ways.

Simpson’s third novel, Speechless, recently received the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She has published five poetry collections, including Loop, which was awarded the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her most recent publication, Experiments in Distant Influence: Notes and Poems, delves into issues of friendship, courage, and community. An acclaimed and cherished workshop leader and mentor, Simpson has worked as a writer-in-residence in libraries and universities across Canada.

Each workshop will be limited to 15 people. Visit Winter’s Tales on Facebook to register and for up to date information. As of September 1, no registration is required for the reading.

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