Prince Albert Workshops

Creative Writing – Lynda Monahan

Thursday, October 19
1:30 – 4:00
Mann Art Gallery

So you’ve always wanted to write. Maybe you have this great idea for a story. No better time than now to start! It is true that we learn to write by writing. But there are several techniques you can learn about the craft of writing.  Join us in this beginning creative writing workshop designed to help you learn the basics.

Lynda’s approach to teaching creative writing involves encouraging participants to write about what matters most to them, what they care about, what obsesses them. Lynda talks about where good writing comes from and helps students understand that each of them has a story worth telling.

Lynda’s workshops consist of several writing exercises designed to get participants writing both in and out-of-class. Participants will discuss such topics as how to critique, the importance of revision, music in writing, “dense” vs ”thin” writing, integrity and courage in writing, and the importance of writing “close to the bone.”  She will introduce techniques such as the use of sensory images, description and detail  – ways to make writing come alive on the page.

Lynda says, “My focus is to keep workshops fun and informal – a positive learning experience where writers come away encouraged and enthused about their writing.”

About Lynda Monahan

Lynda Monahan is the author of three collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames, What My Body Knows, (Coteau Books) and Verge (Guernica Editions).

She facilitates a number of creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat, Balfour Collegiate in Regina and writer-in-residence at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She is editor of several collections including Second Chances: stories of brain injury survivors, Skating in the Exit Light, a poetry anthology, and With Just One Reach of Hands, an anthology of the writing of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Writing For Your Life group, which she also facilitates.

She has served on the council for the League of Canadian Poets, Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. In 2012, she was given the honor of receiving a Prince Albert Women of Distinction Award and in 2016 was inducted into the Prince Albert Arts Hall of Fame for her contributions to the literary arts in her community.


Accessible Art-Making – Lana Wilson

Friday, October 20
1:30 – 4:00
Mann Gallery

Part 1: Art Adaptations discussion:  Lana will present some of the solutions for adapted art-making she has developed over the course of 3 years of programming.  She will outline ways for improving accessibility for different participant groups through art making approach, more accessible art tools, and re-examining how we think of art project outcomes.

Part 2: Self Portrait Art Activity:  Lana leads participants in creating a self portrait by painting, drawing, and adding text on top of a photograph that will be taken and printed at the workshop.

Part 3: Crayola Model Magic (TM) Sculpture Example: Lana will lead participants in creating a small Crayola Model Magic (TM) sculpture to demonstrate how this material is useful for artists with limited hand mobility /strength.

All materials will be provided at the workshop. Please bring a smock, apron, or change of shirt if you are concerned about keeping your clothing neat. Art can be messy sometimes.

About Lana Wilson

Lana Wilson, BFA, MA (Art History) is passionate about art and teaching. An art historian, gallery educator, and artist with anxiety, she loves communicating with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds through discussing and creating art. Her philosophy is “art is for everyone because art communicates about life.”