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Intro to Poetry taught by Franz the Poet

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August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

* Deerlake Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 12pm - 4pm / Fridays - 12 - 6pm

This is a moment for you and your creativity. This two-hour workshop begins by engaging in breathing and movement inspired by Yoga practices. Participants will first check-in and ground themselves before diving into creative exercises that ask them to let go, take creative risks, and play. The creative exercises involve light movement, vocal exercises and putting pen to paper. A final meditation will allow the participants to reflect on the experience and record any feelings/ ideas. This workshop aims at teaching participants methods of embodying the creative practice and working through creative blocks. This is an in-person workshop that will take place socially distanced outside. Please bring openness and something to write with.

Admission is by donation so the workshops are accessible to our entire community! Our recommended contribution is $5 per participant. Space is limited to 12 people, so make sure you get your ticket as soon as possible!

This event will take place outdoors, in the backyard at the Deer Lake Art Gallery. As a precaution, we are asking that participants wear masks while participating in this workshop.

About Franz:

Franz Seachel is a settler residing on the unceded and traditional Coast-Salish lands of the Kwantlen, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), W̱SÁNEĆ, Stz’uminus, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) nations. Franz has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic Univerity and is the Founder/ Executive Director of Enable: Arts Society, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting community-based and collaborative art projects by emerging and/or marginalized voices. She is also a founding member of Maza Arts Collective, a South-Asian queer-femme poetry collective expanding across so-called Canada. Her work has been featured at Word Vancouver, Voices of Today in Toronto, Vancouver Richmond World Festival, Ode to Surrey, and Surrey Muses.

Franz is a creator of space. She believes art makes living bearable and is doing her best to put more colour into the world. She means this both in the sense of brightening up the mundane with creation, as well as in her mission to uplift the truths of marginalized bodies. She teaches writing workshops on embodying the writing practice using her knowledge as a Yoga teacher. Franz aims to move toward creating out of joy and is working on her first full-length collection. Franz hopes you dream often; she hopes you find reasons to stay.

You can follow her on Instagram, @franz_seachel.

When: Sunday, August 15th from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Where: Backyard of the Deer Lake Art Gallery. 6584 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3T7

Cost: $5 Recommended Donation.

Register here.