Aspiring poets and writers from throughout the Fraser Valley will be gathering later this month to share ideas on book-making, writing and self-publishing.
The Art Matters Society and the Abbotsford Arts Council are co-producing a free event called A Human Made Affair, a workshop and poet’s social, on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Kariton Art Gallery.
A Human Made Affair features workshops on “human-made” items that relate to books, such as steampunk books, altered books, and bookmarks.
Here is the planned itinerary for the two days.
Saturday, Sept. 24:
10 a.m.: The art gallery opens for displays.
1 p.m.: Workshop on making bookmarks.
2 p.m.: Altered books, with hand-outs and free demonstration.
3 p.m.: Steampunk art and books with Debra Blades.
4 p.m.: Self-publishing handouts from Penny-a-Line Promotions. Also, discussion with self-published authors Theresa Chevalier and Gwynne Hunt.
6:30 p.m.: Poetry and fiction readings from Gwynne Hunt, Shelley Haggard (a self-published author from Mission), Bob Martens, Dave Hunt, Theresa Chevalier, Judith Reeves, Jay Lowe, Kathi Wehag, Gemma Tamas and several others. There will be tea and coffee and a chance to talk to the writers at the end of the reading.
Sunday, Sept. 25.
Noon: Altered books
1 p.m.: Steampunk books
2 p.m.: Making bookmarks
3 p.m.: Self-publishing
Organizer Gwynne Hunt said the purpose of the event is to encourage writers who might be afraid to self-publish.
The Kariton Art Gallery is located in Mill Lake Park, 2387 Ware St. in Abbotsford.
For more information contact Gwynne Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org.