TreeTalk-ing at Fool's Paradise

Fool's Paradise

Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 1 to 3 p.m.

What does it mean to slow down and pay attention to the natural world? What lives there with us? In this creative writing workshop, we will closely observe nature with a particular focus on trees.

You will come away from this workshop with new nature-writing techniques to use in your writing practice and a sheaf of new writing.

We'll be forest-bathing, practising sustained attention, and you will also be invited to contribute to Ariel Gordon’s public poetry project TreeTalk: Scarborough Bluffs, where she is writing poems to a black locust at Fool’s Paradise and inviting guests to add their poems/confessions/ideas.

About the instructor:

Ariel Gordon (she/her) is a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 territory-based writer, editor and enthusiast. She is the ringleader of Writes of Spring, a National Poetry Month project with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival that appears in the Winnipeg Free Press. Gordon’s most recent books are the essay collection Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019) and the first book in the public poetry project TreeTalk (At Bay Press, 2020). Her fifth book, Siteseeing: writing nature & climate change across the prairies, written in collaboration with Saskatchewan poet Brenda Schmidt, will be published by At Bay Press in fall 2023. Gordon is the March 2023 artist in residence at the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre.

Learn more about the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre at Fool’s Paradise.


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Fool's Paradise
1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Scarborough, Ontario