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Aging and Creativity
with Jane Buyers, Susan Swan, and Emily Urquhart
How does art evolve as we age?
When Emily Urquhart and her family celebrated the eightieth birthday of her father, the illustrious painter Tony Urquhart, she found it remarkable that, although his pace had slowed, he was continuing his daily art practice of drawing, painting, and constructing large-scale sculptures, and was even innovating his style. Was he defying the odds, or is it possible that some assumptions about the elderly are flat-out wrong? Is it possible that our best work is ahead of us? Is there an expiry date on creativity?
Join Emily Urquhart and the artists that have inspired her to unpack these questions and more. Recommended Reading: Emily Urquhart’s newly launched memoir, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, My Father, and Me.
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Youth Writing: An Interactive Workshop Series
with Erin Bow and Heather Smith
This is a limited registration workshop series for writers aged 14-18.
Youth writers will join award-winning writers Erin Bow and Heather Smith for three workshop sessions over two weekends in November. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss writing techniques, and workshop creative writing material with their instructors. This workshop series will be held on Zoom and will be recorded.
Placements in this workshop will be offered free-of-charge to successful applicants. Donate to support youth writing!
Saturday, November 7 from (11AM-12PM)
Heather Smith will talk about crafting beginnings and endings—what makes them great, and why they matter.
Sunday, November 8 from (11AM-12PM)
Erin Bow will talk about pacing, when to pause for details and when to leave them out.
After the first two workshops, Heather Smith and Erin Bow will provide students with writing prompts. The workshop participants can use these prompts to develop a piece of writing of up to 1500 words to send to the Heather and Erin for feedback. The workshop participants will then give their piece some extra polish in preparation for a “read-around” at the final workshop.
Saturday, November 21 (11AM-12PM)
Workshop participants will present their creative writing for a reading of up to three minutes each.
Applications are now closed.