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Writers in their Natural Habitat with katherena vermette

Award-winning author katherena vermette will lead a six-part creative writing series for six emerging writers.

This is an open call welcoming writing in all formats. Writers of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, scripts, performance, and hybrid genre are all encouraged to apply.

katherena will be offering mentorship to assist you in developing your writing skills, narrative style and help you find your voice. Throughout the six-week series we will focus on peer review, editing and generating new work. With discussions on freelance writing, and the business skills all writers need to help get your work published.

Program Dates:  

Six consecutive Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm, beginning Nov  02, 2022 and running until Dec 7, 2022.

Nov 2, 9,16, 23, 30, and Dec 7

To Be Determined if classes will be held in person or via ZOOM

Program Admission:

Admission to this program will be based on an application process, requiring a brief biographical statement and a sample of your written work.

Writing samples are to be no longer than 5 pages.

Participants for this program will be selected by the mentor for acceptance into the workshop.

Participants must be a resident of Manitoba.

Applications Open – Sept 14th, 2022 at 10:00am

Applications Close – Oct 14th, 2022 at 5:00pm

Applicants chosen for the program to be informed no later than – October 28th, 2022

Course Fee:

$200 + Creative Manitoba Membership.

Payment for the writing series and Creative Manitoba Membership purchase required upon acceptance into the program.

We value diversity in our workshops. Indigenous peoples, racialized peoples, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples are encouraged to self-declare and apply.

Our goal is to leave no artist behind due to financial hardship or underemployment. If you require a course subsidy/bursary please follow this link to fill out a bursary request form.

katherena vermette (she/her/hers) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation. She has worked in poetry, novels, children’s literature, and film.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her father’s roots run deep in St. Boniface, St. Norbert and beyond. Her mother’s side is Mennonite from the Altona and Rosenfeld area (Treaty 1).

vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company). The Break (House of Anansi) won several awards including the First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her National Film Board documentary, this river won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Her second novel, The Strangers (Hammish Hamilton) won the Atwood Gibson Writers Trust Fiction Prize and was named Chapters Indigo’s Book of the Year 2021. It was also longlisted for the Giller Prize.

katherena lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

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