with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and David Sereda in Owen Sound
A unique four day writers’ retreat workshop in the art of writing, presenting and performing poetry is happening in Owen Sound from July 7 -11.
Led by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and David Sereda, each person will create their own unique work, and participate in composing with others and developing their relationships to ideas, words and content.
This workshop is for participants over the age of 13, including adults.
They will take place from July 7 – 11 from 10:00 – 4:00 daily at
The United Way building, 380 9th St. E., Owen Sound.
Supported generously by Theatre Ontario, there is no registration fee; donations are gratefully accepted.
The themes of this workshop celebrate community today and the history of the Metis. Select passages from these new works will be included in wall murals within the United Way building. Poets will have the opportunity to read selected poems aloud to an audience on August 2.
In this workshop you will: focus on developing your own voice, originate seed ideas and your own concept and cultivate it into a polished work of art, write individually and collectively, and share in a dialogue about digging into the creative core and other topics of interest to writers.
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishnaabe writer, collaborator, publisher, Indigenous arts advocate, and communications consultant from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Her writing has been published in the collection my heart is a stray bullet, a chapbook bloodriver woman, and in anthologies, journals, & magazines in Canada, the U.S., Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Germany & Ireland. Her spoken word CD standing ground, was released in 2004. In 2005-2006 Kateri was featured in a segment of the tv series, Heart of a Poet. In 2007 she was featured in the documentary Words from the Edge. She compiled and edited Without Reservation, an anthology of erotica by Indigenous writers, which was released in Canada & Aotearoa in 2003.
david sereda has been called one of Canada's finest singer-songwriters. “David Sereda sings like an angel and writes like a sinner.” said author Michael Ondaatje. He’s performed on stages coast-to-coast and on national TV and radio, including concerts at venues such as Harbourfront and the Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), festivals (Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and Summerfolk) as well as special events (Tribute to Joni Mitchell, Harbourfront, Toronto) and international conferences (International Conference on AIDS, GMPlace, Vancouver). David is also known as a music director, composer, and an actor. He has been nominated for two Dora (Toronto theatre) awards. As Associate Artist with Sheatre, he co-leads creative workshops inspired by the passionate life and art of painter Tom Thomson, and co-wrote the full-length musical “TOM” with Joan Chandler. David also performs the touring concert Songs in the key of Tom. He has recorded three albums on his independent label Rocky Wednesday Records, and has another two CDs in the works. “The Blue Guide” has just been released on iTunes.
To register, please contact Francesca Dobbyn, The United Way of Bruce Grey, at 519-376-1550 or email us at
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