TEMPORALITY: A WORKSHOP with Karen Mac Cormack

(Saturday 19 October 2013)

Posted in Karen Mac Cormack, Past Workshops

with Karen Mac Cormack

Saturday 19 October 2013 1-5PM
192 Spadina Avenue

This workshop is limited to 10 Students

What is the impact of temporality on any work of writing and its potential readership? To consider its forces, nuances, applications, and surprises the writer of any genre is now able to turn to newly available discoveries in the world of nanotechnology and “time keeping.*” If the world of the writer is constructed in linear terms by outside concerns, that world in its creative manifestations is not limited by them.

We will explore strategies to reconsider the inflection of time on and in writerly practice and production. Temporality as content will be considered, as well as changes to (or modifications of) temporality within a text. By exploring these varying dynamics the workshop will contextualize the genres of “chance,” “cut-up,” “collage” and encourage participants to create new forms for their work.

The workshop will begin with an open discussion on changing notions of temporality and their bearing on writing. Each participant will be asked to bring copies of two or three short texts (one page) of theirs that engage at any level with an aspect of temporality. (Number of copies to be determined by number of participants.) After reading each text aloud comments and suggestions will be shared. Participants will then revise/rework (perhaps in a new form) their original text, again with subsequent feedback. The next stage involves participants reworking another participant’s text with further discussion to ensue.

Participants will:

  • explore a range of temporal manifestations and effects
  • receive extensive feedback through group discussion
  • be challenged to work with temporality in forms new to them

Requirements: an open mind, a willingness to offer and receive constructive feedback, writing implements and materials.

Recommended preliminary reading:


Price: $60.00


Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including Moving Borders, Out of Everywhere, Another Language, and Prismatic Publics. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian. A long-term resident of Toronto she moved to the USA in 2004 where she teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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