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Place-based writing workshop

June 28th, 2022

Poet and writer Kevin Spenst has organized a free, place-based creative writing workshop in Stanley Park, slated for July 14th from 4 pm – 7:30 pm.

Spenst will lead a group of writers (of any experience or skill level) into the park where the group will write in response to three different environments (and pieces of writing that Spenst has selected). Everyone will get a handout of photocopies, a clipboard and a pen. There will also be snacks.

“We’ll walk, talk, read and write for three and a half hours,” says Spenst who advises attendees to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a blanket (or something to sit on) and “get ready to explore through writing the various dimensions of the environment!”

Please RSVP as there are a limited number of spots available: 


Kevin Spenst on the stone bridge by Lost Lagoon at an outdoor reading.

Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong, and Hearts Amok: a Memoir in Verse (all with Anvil Press). His most recent writing has appeared in the anthologies Event 50: Collected Notes on Writing and Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing. His book launch during the pandemic was featured in a book about creative practices: The Creative Instigator’s Handbook, edited by Leanne Prain. Kevin teaches creative writing at Vancouver Community College and Simon Fraser University.

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