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Sound Writing with Alice Major (Calgary — May 11)

Sound Writing: A Workshop with Alice Major

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
10:30am to 12:00pm MST
in-person at

Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society
4th floor salon

WGA members – $25
Nonmembers – $35
Space for this workshop is very limited! Please register using the form below.

Writing is created with words, and words are built from sounds. No matter what we write about—from teacups to trauma—or whether we write poetry or prose, that content is going to be embodied in the sounds and rhythms of language. These are the patterns that readers unconsciously register and which make them pay attention to your words. 

This workshop, with award-winning poet Alice Major, will help you become more aware of the patterns in your own writing, so it can have greater impact.  

Please come prepared with a brief passage or stanza of your own writing. This is not a critiquing workshop, but the sample will give you something to look at through the lens of sound during the exercises.

About the Facilitator

Alice Major is an award-winning writer of both poetry and prose. Her 12th book of poetry, Knife on Snow, has been described as “lyrical, expansive and incandescent.” It’s a volume that entwines her deep interest in science with the myths and narratives through which which we try to make sense of our times and our vulnerable planet. 

Alice’s essay collection Intersecting Sets: A Poet looks at Science received the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for non-fiction. Other recognition for her writing includes the Pat Lowther Prize, the Malahat Long Poem prize and the Stephan G. Stephansson award. She also served as the City of Edmonton’s first poet laureate and has received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta.

Her website is

Registration for this event is currently full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case additional spots become available, please email us at [email protected].

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