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Building off Blocks: A Peer-based Workshop Series for Writing Blocks

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Emily Carr University's Writing Centre is pleased to host Building off Blocks, a 3 part workshop series to work through writing blocks.

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In this three part series, Emily Carr University student and Writing Centre consultant, Jourdan Tymkow, will be leading writers through a collaborative series of exercises and discussions while utilizing Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's newest novel, Noopiming, as a container to think and feel through the following:

SESSION 1: JANUARY 25, 3:30PM PST:

Befriend Writing Blocks:

In the first session we will start by getting comfortable with the group and then introducing writing blocks as intelligent entities that are separate from us, yet live within us and often leave us creatively stuck. This session concludes with practices to be in relationship with our blocks as a way to navigate "stuckness".

SESSION 2: FEBRUARY 8, 3:30PM PST

Being Writing Blocks:

In the second session, the focus will be on working through our "stuckness" by embodying our blocks and allowing our bodily wisdom and somatic practices to shift the block into new ways of being that may be more helpful in the creative process(es).

SESSION 3: FEBRUARY 22, 3:30PM PST

Beyond Writing Blocks:

In the final session, we will integrate the emotional and bodily understandings of our personal creative and writing blocks by using exercises that emphasize creative and experimental forms of writing.

As this is a collaborative writing group, all shared thoughts, ideas, and exercises will (with consent) be available at the end of the series in a finalized document for future experiments and creative practice.

**Note: It is recommended to come to all three sessions and when you register you will be registering for all three sessions.

Facilitation for this event is being held from the never surrendered, ancestral, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples with humble gratitude.

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