4th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend

AUTHORS GARY GEDDES AND CAROLYN POGUE FEATURED AT the 4th CONVERGENCE WEEKEND IN NEW DENVER, B.C., JUNE 16-17

How the written word can help unite a community will be explored at the 4th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend in New Denver, B.C. June 16 and 17. With the theme of “We will not be separated,” the event will feature poet, nonfiction author, anthologist and teacher Gary Geddes, and author and peace and indigenous rights activist Carolyn Pogue.

Registration is now open for Convergence, to be held this year at New Denver’s Knox Hall. Cost for the weekend, which includes writers’ workshops led by Geddes and Pogue, readings by participants and discussions, is $45 plus GST. This fee includes a talk on the evening of Friday, June 16 by the featured writers on the weekend’s theme. The talk is also open to the public by donation.

More information, including how to register, is available at http://widespot.ca/convergence-writers-weekend/ Deadline for registration is June 1. Deadline for persons wishing feedback on their writing from Geddes in his workshop is May 19.

This year’s Convergence, according to the event’s mission statement, “will focus on exploring positive connections we can make with and through our own creativity, spirituality and activism. We will learn from and encourage one another. We’ll look at how the world is, and how the world could be. New and seasoned writers are welcome.”

B.C. author Geddes has written or edited 50 books. His anthologies include 70 Canadian Poets from Oxford University Press, and his own most recent collection of poems is The Resumption of Play, which explores the experiences of those forced to endure Indian residential schools. His nonfiction titles include Drink the Bitter Root, about Geddes’ experiences in Africa, and most recently, Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care.

Alberta writer Pogue co-founded a peace camp for kids, and contributes a twice-monthly column to the United Church Observer. Her books include a follow-up to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Sorry: Why Our Church Apologized and an appreciation of Earth’s oldest rock, Rock of Ages: A Cosmic Love Story. As a descendant of a British Home Child, she has written two novels for young adults about this aspect of Canadian history.

Besides Friday’s talk at 7 p.m., registrants can choose workshops with either Geddes or Pogue on the Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. An optional session for registrants Saturday evening at 7 p.m. will present readings by workshop participants and a discussion of the weekend’s theme.

Convergence is partially supported by the ProVision fund of the United Church’s B.C. Conference.

Photos: Carolyn Pogue & Gary Geddes

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