What's Your Story Etobicoke 2016


What’s Your Story Etobicoke?

Join us to Celebrate Etobicoke’s Vibrant Literary Scene

Thursday, September 29, 6:00pm 

The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.

Arts Etobicoke is thrilled to partner with The Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO) on their new 3- year initiative with the Toronto Arts CouncilWhat’s Your Story?, a series of literary events taking place in the inner suburbs of Toronto: Etobicoke, North York, East York, and Scarborough.

A writing contest earlier this summer selected four writers from each neighbourhood – three established and one emerging, unpublished writer – who the OBPO commissioned to write a short piece about their neighbourhood. Join us on September 29 to hear the Etobicoke writers give a public reading of their pieces.

What’s Your Story Etobicoke?
is an exciting evening hosted by award-winning novelist, critic and Director of The Humber School for Writers, Antanas Sileika. The evening starts at 6:00pm with a workshop “Getting it Right” led by Antanas. After a short break there will be a second workshop “How to Read a Poem” led by Iranian Canadian poet Bardia Sinaee. The evening will be rounded out by the readings of our Etobicoke contest winners: Farzana Doctor, Catherine Graham, Maria Coletta McLean, and Transient. Read below for a detailed schedule of events.

To RSVP for the event and the workshop led by Antanas, please email heather@artsetobicoke.com, or call 416.622.8731 x 226.


Schedule of Events

6:00 pm: What’s Your Story Etobicoke? Welcoming Remarks

6:20 pm: Getting It Right, workshop led by Antanas Sileika
Once you have your story written, what can you do to make it appeal to the eyes of an editor? Antanas will go through some samples of writing to show you how to make your prose sparkle!

7:10 pm: Intermission

7:30 pm: How To Read a Poem, workshop led by Bardia Sinaee.
Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in publications throughout Canada, including Maisonneuve, The Walrus and Best Canadian Poetry 2015. He is the reviews editor at The Puritan.

7:50 pm: Winning Writers Public Reading
Farzana Doctor is the award-winning author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement and All Inclusive. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now” (2012), was Voted Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll. www.farzanadoctor.com

Catherine Graham’s most recent collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and CAA Poetry Award. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition, her next collection will appear in 2017 as will her first novel, Quarry. www.catherinegraham.com

Maria Coletta McLean is the author of, My Father Came From Italy and Summers in Supino. In 2002, she was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the Canadian literary landscape. She lives in Etobicoke and teaches at Seneca College in North York. www.mariacoletta.com

Transient is a writer and spoken word artist. She can currently be found on local stages across Toronto. In addition, she runs poetry writing and performance workshops for middle school and high school students as a Program Facilitator with One Mic Educators.

8:10 pm: Closing Remarks


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