Popular instructors Kelley Aitken and Laboni Islam return with a directed writing workshop at the Aga Khan Museum.
Gain inspiration from Wafaa Bilal’s 168:01 , which looks back on the destruction of Baghdad libraries in 1258 and 2003. The exhibition explores the concept of loss, grief, memory, culture and activism, and this workshop will explore how to bring these elements into your writing. You’ll participate in a series of dynamic, directed writing activities to generate your own poetry and prose, independently and collaboratively.
No prior experience necessary — just bring an open mind and an eager pen.
Kelley Aitken is an artist and the author of Canadian Shield, a collection of short stories informed by the Canadian wilderness (2016), which earned an Independent Publishers Prize of the Year bronze medallion for fiction, Canada East Region. Her earlier collection, Love in a Warm Climate (1998) was nominated for the Commonwealth prize, Best First Book, Canadian Caribbean Region. She is also the co-editor of the anthology First Writes (2005). She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Laboni Islam was born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents. She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as canthius, Echolocation, FreeFall, (parenthetical), Popshot Magazine, spiral orb, wildness, and The Unpublished City Anthology (2017). She is the recipient of the Janice Colbert Poetry Award (2014) and Marina Nemat Award (2016). Her poem "Lunar Landing, 1966" was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2017).