Richard is one of Canada’s foremost Native authors/journalists and storytellers.
In an award-winning 30 year career, he has published over 11 titles with major Canadian publishers ranging from memoir to poetry to novels.
Awards include 2013 Molson Prize in the Arts, 2013 Canada Reads People’s Choice Winner for his novel Indian Horse, the 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications, 2011 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, 2007 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications, 2011 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, 2007 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.
Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Thompson Rivers University, he was the 2011 Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Professional Writing at the University of Victoria where he taught this program as a credit course in Creative Writing.
Hi New book Medicine Walk recently came out and is receiving rave reviews!! "Medicine Walk is a masterpiece, a work of art that explores human interconnectedness with a level of artistry so superb that the personal becomes eternal." National Post
He works simultaneously in radio, television, and newspapers and continues to publish.
To learn more about Richard, visit his Facebook Page: Richard Wagamese- Ojibway Author
To Inquire about the retreat contact Hilary Chambers at Pine Grove Resort 1-705-757-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“With Medicine Walk, Richard Wagamese has become a master. This brilliant novel is his heart song, his crowning achievement thus far.” – Joseph Boyden
“One of the finest novels of the year…. Medicine Walk is not only a graceful book, it is a novel of grace, of coming to terms with hidden truths, of coming to know the secrets behind forbidding appearances, of finding the humanity within strangers.” – Vancouver Sun
The SunDog Gallery & Pine Grove Resort are proud to present:
2014 Writer’s Retreats with Richard Wagamese
There is a storyteller in all of us. The trouble is that we forget that. When we struggle with our writing it’s because we forget the tools that we already carry. We forget that we are born with the gift of language. We forget that we alone among creatures have the ability to translate our dreams into words and image. We forget that we are all storytellers.
Storywalk is a unique writing program that comes from the Ojibway oral storytelling tradition. Through the use of ceremony and daily walks on the land you will reconnect to the storyteller within you.
Beginning with the practice of spontaneous oral storytelling you will be guided to remember the free-flow use of language you knew as a child. You will remember how to use language in a child-like, uninhibited way and to create whole stories on the spot from word cues.
This will introduce you to ’The Channel’, the vital storytelling space where creativity is given power.
Working with The Channel
Each day you will approach The Channel through ceremony and time with the spirit of the land. You will learn how to center yourself on the creative channel we all possess but have forgotten how to use. You will learn how to access this creative channel anytime you choose.
Using Richard’s unique Storywalk technique you will learn how to use the 5 oral storytelling principles to construct strong, vibrant narrative arcs.
You will take these principles and techniques and transfer them to the printed page where you will learn to work with the ideas that ‘writing is not struggle’ and ‘when you start to think – stop.’ These two simple ideas will transform your writing.
Where You Work
For five days you live and work with Richard at Pine Grove Resort on the Pickerel River in Port Loring, Ontario. Shared accommodation, meals and snacks are included.
www.pinegroveresort.com or facebook.com/pinegrove.cottages
How You Work
Space is limited to six writers per retreat. Together you share ideas and work alongside Richard through all the exercises. Daily one-on-one time each day.
5-days all-inclusive, accommodations, three meals a day, snacks. $1600.00 Cdn. $600. non-refundable deposit. Please contact hilary@pinegroveresort for more information or to book.
Now booking for:
June 20-26 2014
July 25-31, 2014 -2 spots available
August 25-31 2014 -Waiting List