Recent & Upcoming Events

Planet Earth Poetry presents Poetry as a Healing Art, A three-day residential writing intensive led by Laura Apol from Monday, April 22, to Thursday April 25, 2019, at Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat Centre in Victoria, BC.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

—Kahlil Gibran

Writers are no strangers to joy or to sorrow.  Our lives contain both, and in abundance.  But when it is joy that sits at our table, most of us are too busy experiencing it to wish to write about it.  Sorrow, though—sorrow often stirs in us a desire to explore or explain, to make sense of, to come to terms with, to weep into, to rage against…to write. Many writers claim (and research supports) that this sort of writing can have healing properties as we seek to give voice to the difficult events of our lives and to name the pain and injustice we see in the world around us.

In this workshop, we will read and write pieces that translate hardship into healing and art, thinking about how writing-toward-healing works and what role it can play in our lives. We will read examples, write during our gatherings, work on out-of-gathering assignments, and share our writings as we choose.

Focusing Themes:

  • Truth-telling: Steering into the Rocks
  • Images as Repositories for Emotion
  • Speaking Back/Resistance
  • Reimagining/Reclaiming the Story

Dr. Laura Apol teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan State University. For more than twenty years, she has led workshops for writers of all skill levels in local, national and international contexts. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of several award-winning collections: Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda (drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi); and, most recently, Nothing but the Blood.

Cost: $900 for single room, includes all meals, breaks, private room; $750 for shared accommodation, all meals, breaks. Deposit to hold a place: $100. Balance due: March 15, 2019. Limited registration. Registration Form.


Laura will also do a reading at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, BC, on April 26, 2018.