Ben Is Back

Last year the A-frame Association launched online workshops, thanks to Ben Ladouceur. The response was really favourable.

“Thanks for the amazing workshop — just so soul-soothing.”

“The atmosphere was supportive, the prompts useful, and the example poems presented were both various and excellent. It was fun.”
— 2021 Workshop Participants

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is pleased to announce a new series of Poetry Workshops with Ben Ladouceur, via Zoom.

These workshops have been scheduled at different times/on different days of the week to accommodate various schedules. All workshops are for general audiences, 16+.

Wednesday, February 2, 7:00-8:00 PM EST
Breaking lines, breaking stanzas — and breaking away from your own poetic habits.
Workshop with 15 participants

Tuesday, February 8, 8:00-9:00 PM EST
Looking at some great poems about animals (pets and otherwise), and writing our own.
Workshop with 15 participants

Thursday, February 17, 9:00-10:00 PM EST
How to build on a theme: for when you’ve written one good poem, and you want to write more that could “go” with it.
Workshop with 15 participants

Workshops are $15. To enroll please email
Yes, you can sign up for one, two or all three. You may also purchase a workshop as a gift.

Ben Ladouceur is the author of two award-winning poetry collections from Coach House Books. He was Prose Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, 2015-2018, and Artistic Director for Tree Reading Series, 2018-2020. He has facilitated many poetry workshops, in-person and virtually, for a variety of communities, including elementary and high school students, LGBTQ+ writers, and general audiences. He completed a three-month residency as the Al Purdy A-frame in the fall of 2016 and currently lives on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation (Ottawa).