UPDATE: March 29, 2013 – The story below was accurate back in Fall 2011, when I posted it. Various Creative Writing courses (including my own Kung Fu for Writers) were offered to appreciative students eager to come back for more. However, the task of launching a new private writing school, and making it self-sustaining, is huge. So, for the time being, the Vancouver Island School of Writing is on hiatus until there is the energy and the additional person-power to make this worthy dream into a reality. Victoria College of Art (where the writing school was housed) continues to offer a full range of art courses, as always.
We now have a new creative writing school on Vancouver Island, and the first set of courses will begin next month (September 2011). The Vancouver Island School of Writing is housed within the Victoria College of Art, located at 1625 Bank Street near Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC.
I will be there offering my six-week course “Body Talk: Kung Fu for Writers” combining martial arts, qigong and creative writing exercises to intensify the body-mind connection and unleash the flow of words. This course is based on my own 14-year study of Liuhebafa and other internal martial arts and Taoist healing arts. Further information on these subjects can be found in my book Ride Backwards on Dragon.
“Body Talk” begins on September 22, and will run for six consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm. Cost: $195. Register through Victoria College of Art.
The other inaugural instructors with creative writing courses beginning in September include: Linda Rogers, Missie Peters and Jessica Michalofsky. View our course descriptions here. Also very much involved (in fact, the instigator of this new writing school) is Victoria-based novelist/screenwriter and VCA President Peter Such.
If you live in or around Victoria, I hope you will join me for some “Body Talk” in September.
May the metaphors be with you!