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My weird life with Amber Dawn (2 Sessions)

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Join Massy Arts + Amber Dawn Sunday June 9th & Sunday June 16th from 2-5pm for a 2 day writing workshop + fundraiser.

There are 14 spots available. $125 + tax per person inclusive of the two Sundays with 100% of your workshop fee going towards Gaza Kinder Relief. For more info on the fundraiser please visit: https://kinderrelief.org/ 

Please Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/my-weird-life-with-amber-dawn-tickets-895610002627?aff=oddtdtcreator

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. We are located in the former MING WO building.

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Workshop Description:

Are you feeling stuck in the complexities of your writing? Are you, perhaps, over-intellectualizing your own story on the page? Is writer’s solitude getting you down? Want to experiment and be more spontaneous? My Weird Life aims to bring energy and weirdness to your creative practice.

This two-session writing workshop is designed for memoir, narrative poetry and autofiction writers, though it can be adapted to any form of personally-rooted writing. Participants in all stages of writing, from brand new projects to “countless-damn-drafts into a manuscript” are welcome

The workshop structure includes generative freewriting prompts, sample readings, craft mini-lectures and discussion, and sharing newly drafted writing and/or ideas with one another.

Participants will need to:

Pre-register and pay the $125 fee; 100% of your workshop fee goes to Gaza Kinder Relief

Commit to attending both sessions: Sunday June 9th & Sunday June 16th, 2 – 5 PM

Please note: writing workshops are intimate, meditative spaces; arriving on time is required.

Come with a notebook, laptop or other device; be ready to do some outside-of-the box writing. Expect over an hour of writing, broken up into parts, during the first Sunday. Writing prompts will largely be verbal; condensed slides will also be made available.

Be able to read short sample texts and draft short excerpts of your own writing. Discussion and sharing are key parts of the workshop, though how much you share is up to you. Sample texts will be delivered via email as Word Doc or PDF form. If you need access to a different document format, please let Amber Dawn know in advance.

It’s also recommended that you schedule self-care activities alongside this workshop. This workshop is intended to be playful, however, all writing requires self-care.

About the facilitator:

Amber Dawn is a writer and creative educator living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She has authored five books—two novels, two poetry collections and a hybrid memoir—and co-edited three community-driven anthologies Her body-of-work explores queer identity, systemic trauma-informed cultural production and sex work justice—themes drawn from her own experiential knowledge base. As an educator, Amber Dawn has over 15 years of experience designing trauma-informed, experimental and fantastic, and lower-barriers creative writing workshops.


June 9
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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23 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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