Saturday, November 2nd: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Poetry Masterclass

with George Elliott Clarke


BSIA • Room 1-31


Unavailable online

George Elliott Clarke believes that poetic mastery consists in having command of too-often-overlooked or taken-for-granted basics: Vocabulary/Diction (incl. English “roots” and “routes”), Rhythm/Meter, and Forms/Constraints. He will offer a series of exercises (developed over 36 years of praxis), both of his own invention or borrowed–with acknowledgment–from others, all introduced with a discussion of the underlying theory, and all intended to help the participating writer or poet, at whatever stage of creative “mastery,” to range further, stretch, advance. Clarke has offered courses in Creative Writing at Duke University and the University of Toronto, and has also taught at Banff and at Green College (UBC) and in writing workshops from coast to coast. He promises participants increased excellence in craft and a charged atmosphere of  due humility before the Muse(s) and irreverent humour for all (mere) mortals.

Early Bird $40   •   Online $42    


  • GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE is an internationally-renowned poet and scholar whose books—including his highly-esteemed poetry collections Execution Poems and Whylah Falls—have won him many honours, including the Portia White Prize (1998), the Governor General’s Literary Award (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005). Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Clarke presently resides in Toronto where he is E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. George served as Canada’s seventh Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016–17).