Wiersema comes home for Agassiz writers’ workshop

The Kent Harrison Arts council, in partnership with the Agassiz Public Library, and with financial assistance from the Kent-Harrison foundation, is proud to present The World of Words.  This two part event features a workshop with Agassiz-raised writer, Robert Wiersema.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn from a published author, and allow our local talent to pick his brain.

Robert Wiersema was born in Agassiz in 1970, and has spent his life immersed in books. He attended the  University of Victoria, where he earned an Honours Degree in English Literature. He has worked in bookstores for the last 20 years — he is currently the Event Coordinator at   www.bolenbooks.com.

Bolen Books in Victoria, where he curates one of Canada’s most highly regarded literary events series.  The best-selling author of Before I Wake (2006), The World More Full of Weeping (2009) and Bedtime Story (2010), Robert Wiersema is also a respected books journalist.  The workshop is open to all writers dying to turn that itch of an idea into a brilliant novel or short story.  With tips and strategies provided by Robert, you’ll be on your way to literary success.  There is no charge, however, participants are required to register by phoning 796-9510, or by simply visiting the library.  If the session fills up quickly, there will be a wait list available.  The workshop will run from 1-4 p.m., on Sunday, March 12, and refreshments will be provided.

In addition, on March 15 at 7 p.m., there will be a World of Words “Open Mike” reading night with local writers at the Agassiz Public Library.  Once again, this is a free event open to all writers.  World of Words is an expansion on the Women’s Words event held in previous years.  It is an opportunity for both male and female writers to share their work, as well as a chance for anyone attending to get a taste of the local talent Agassiz has to offer.  Registration is not required for those wishing to share their work, but all readings must be kept to 5 minutes or less.  If time permits, there may be an opportunity to present again over the course of the evening.  As with the workshop, refreshments will be provided.

In other arts news, Art and Soul II, the newest show at the Ranger Station Art Gallery begins next month and will run until the end of March.  The show opens on March 6th, from 2-4 pm, and features Rebecca Bessette (painting), and Billie Shauer (clay/pottery).   For more information you can contact the Ranger Station at 796-2723.

Looking ahead to April, we are pleased to announce the return of our Young at Art Show, featuring the work of some of the best artists School District 78 has to offer.

The Kent Harrison arts Council is now on Facebook!  Our Brand new page features all the information you need to know about upcoming events and shows.  Check out the exciting workshops offered by our artist in residence, Rhonda Simmons, or browse our photo albums.   Just search “KHAC” on your Facebook page to find us.

-Submitted by Jesse Gadsby

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