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Richmond Hill Writer in Residence
Sat Oct 3, 2009 / 2:00pm - Sat Jan 23, 2010 / 4:00pm

is pleased to announce that Barry Dempster, acclaimed poet, short story writer, novelist and editor, has been appointed Writer in Residence from October 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010.

Mr. Dempster is the author of the novel, The Ascension of Jesse Rapture, two collections of short stories, a children's book, and 11 volumes of poetry. His ninth title, The Burning Alphabet, published in 2005, secured his second nomination for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in English.

His last two poetry collections have been published in 2009: Love Outlandish in early spring; and Ivan's Birches in the fall. The Welcome Tea for Mr. Dempster on October 3, 2009 will be the York Region launch of Ivan's Birches.

During his Residency, Mr. Dempster will offer writing workshops and critique submitted manuscripts in private consultation.

Program Events

Welcome Tea
Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Barry Dempster, prize-winning poet, novelist, short-story writer and author for children will be the Richmond Hill Public Library's Writer in residence from October 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010. Many exciting events have been planned for aspiring writers and those who appreciate literature and the writing process. Begin by meeting Barry at his Welcome Tea on Saturday, October 3 at the Central Library.

All events will be held in Meeting Room A/B on the second floor of Richmond Hill Central Library. There is no charge for these events, but registration is requested. Please register in person at the Full Service Desk of Central Library or by calling (905) 884-9288 X321. Please note that there are different days and times for the program events.

Barry Dempster will be officially welcomed as the Richmond Hill Public Library's Writer in Residence for 2009/2010. In his presentation, Mr. Dempster will highlight the forthcoming events of the Residency and set its tone of inspiration through his short talk, "Awakening the Creative Spirit," emphasizing those first steps a writer takes toward the written page and publication. The reception will also be the York Region launch of Mr. Dempster's brand new poetry collection, Ivan's Birches, published by Toronto's Pedlar Press. Refreshments will follow, at which time guests will be invited to give their personal welcome to the Writer in Residence. Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

Working with the Creative Spirit
Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM - An Ontario Public Library Week Presentation

This hands-on workshop carries forward from "Awakening the Creative Spirit," introduced at the Welcome Event. It is intended for writers of all genres, combining lessons and workshop techniques, ways of seeing, deeper forms of reading, language skills and exercises for the imagination. Topics include getting to know your muse; paying attention to the world and the word; the amazing power of language; a passion for metaphor. In honour of Ontario Public Library Week and all the books that go into creating a great library, this workshop will teach you how to live the writer¹s life, how to create a whole new world out of language.

Telling the Truth
Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

A workshop about finding the right path to writing about your own life. Whether you're writing actual memoir, or poetry and/or fiction with an autobiographical slant, you'll learn tools for bringing memory into clearer ocus, the importance of detail over fact, and the various ways in which the intensity of the immediate moment can reinvigorate the past.

The Blue Pencil Special
Wednesday, December 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

A workshop that focuses on the entire revision process and how to make it a vital, enjoyable part of the creative spirit. How to go from inspiration and perspiration to actual "renovation" work. How to make a piece of writing the very best it can be.

Master Class
Saturday, January 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

For those who are in the intermediate phase of a writing project in any literary genre. Through group sharing, the focus will be on refining literary skills such as structure, eloquence, emotional and intellectual flow, and more sophisticated approaches to theme, language and metaphor. Bring a page from your latest writing project and prepare for an intensive workshopping experience. There will also be a discussion on where to go from here, everything from finding a publisher to creating a writing group.

Farewell Gala
Saturday, January 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

A formal farewell and appreciation will be given to the 2009/2010 Writer in Residence. Barry Dempster will outline the significant events of his Residency. There will also be a short reading from selected authors who have developed their writing skills over the course of the Residency. Refreshments will be served and guests will be invited to express their personal best wishes to the Writer in Residence.

Please Note: Although patrons are welcome to attend only selected events, it is important to note that these workshops build to a culminating effect. They are meant to be experienced as a program package, rather than isolated events.

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