Arleen Paré, 2018 writer-in-residence

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The McLoughlin Gardens Society is delighted to welcome Victoria poet Arleen Paré as our 2018 writer-in-residence. Arleen will be in residence for the month of August, during which time she will be available for one-to-one consultations with local writers. If you are interested in consulting with Arleen, read on...

Step One: Choose a date and time from the list below. Write to Margo (margostoryteller@gmail.com) to reserve that time. Margo or another board member will confirm your appointment.

Step Two: Submit a piece of writing for the consultation. Comox Valley writers who would like to meet with Arleen during her residency are invited to send ten pages of prose or five poems as an attachment to arleenp@shaw.ca five days in advance of the consultation appointment. 

Step Three: Arleen will print the pages that have been sent. The writer will need to bring the same pages to the consultation, so that both have the pages for the meeting.  

Questions? Please contact Margo or Denise with any questions.

The following dates and times have been set aside for Arleen to meet with local writers. As writers send in their requests for a particular time, that time-slot will be marked Reserved.

Wednesday August 8th:
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Reserved.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Reserved. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Friday, August 10th: 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m Reserved.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Monday, August 13th
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Reserved.
 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Reserved.

Wednesday, August 15th
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. 
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Friday, August 17th: 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Monday, August 20th
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. 
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22nd
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Reserved.
 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Friday, August 24th: 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. 
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Monday, August 27th: 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29th: 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. 
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


 

Arleen will also give a one-day workshop in August.

Saturday, August 18th - The Habit of Art: A Workshop with Arleen Paré

Time: 9:30 - 4:30 p.m.                           Registration Fee: $60                               Location: To be announced

The phrase “The Habit of Art” was coined by Jacques Maritain, an early twentieth century French philosopher and later borrowed by the American writer Flannery O’Connor. They each had their own ways of understanding the term, but for me, the habit of art indicates a way of being in the world, a way of seeing, of sensing, with curiosity, interest, awareness. It is a habit, a mantra, an orientation, a possibility, a practice. It is noticing details, patterns, colours, wonder, what is wow-ful, which is almost anything, everything, outside and inside, pleasant and unpleasant. It is a way of heightening experience as artists, poets or painters, writers or mosaicists, opening ourselves to what’s there. It is a point of view, a way of inclining our minds, a stillness. Just saying “the habit of art” can shift the view. In this workshop we will employ “the habit of art” to expand our practice as writers, as artists, and as individuals interested in the world.

Please complete the following registration form to save your spot for The Habit of Art Workshop with Arleen Paré.

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Past residencies

Nova Scotia poet and writer, Anne Simpson, arrived in the spring of 2016 to be our first writer-in-residence. Winner of the Griffin Prize in poetry, as well as several other literary awards, Anne met with local writers at the library in Courtenay to offer consultation on their work. She also gave an evening class in poetry and two fiction workshops. 

Local writers and poets expressed their appreciation for Anne's presence:

Poetry

"Anne [was] exceptionally generous with her time and programming. Not every writer in residence would offer an array of courses and private meetings. We were very lucky to have Anne, and I hope she will come back, also to Hornby Island.  Good luck in your deliberations for a new writer in residence, and my sincere thanks to the McLoughlin Foundation." Cornelia Hoogland

Fiction

"[At Anne's fiction workshop] I learned how to get right to the action of the story so as to avoid too much preamble. I also learned that my real experiences are far more unique and interesting than I supposed and that I just have to provide enough background so that the reader understands what is actually happening in the story, context, environment, characters.

One amazing thing is that it was free and to be able to learn from a professional writer free of charge is quite a boon. Anne’s style of teaching I found a great combination of hands on, covering essential information yet being spontaneous enough to elicit valuable information from the participants. At the same time she was disciplined about keeping us on point." C. R. Wells, workshop participant

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                                    Envelope of Summer

Anne Simpson
 

Shiny-backed crow, pecking in gravel,

rose-tinted peony, the bride’s skirts, 

turtle in the culvert, crooked elbow in the trunk

of the young beech. Elderberry, bedecked

with scarlet, with Chinese ornaments. Rolled up

fields across the estuary, tide over rock, once, twice, and again

the single grey heron, a monk observing

fish glimmer in eelgrass. Dignitaries, 

on perches of dead spruce, scan the crowd. A yellow-gold

gaze, far-seeing. Poplars turn silver-backed leaves, turn them

this way and that. A robin’s query. An onshore breeze

puckers the tablecloth of water. Here, the guests, 

having gathered, having

settled. Faint scent of bayberry. The robin

again. A hush—