Sign Up for A-frame Writing Workshops

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is very pleased to announce a new opportunity – writing workshops. What a great way to focus on your creativity during these strange (and long) COVID times.

The first round of workshops will be with Ben Ladouceur, an A-frame alumni member.

Workshops will last one hour. Cost is $20 and ALL PROCEEDS GO THE THE A-FRAME.

 Ben, who is donating his time, suggested the workshops as a fundraising initiative in response to our COVID Campaign – Words Matter More Than Ever. We are very pleased to announce that to date the campaign has raised $23,000. Yahoo! We are almost at our $25,000 target.

Please see dates and details of the workshops below. Space is limited so don’t dawdle. Clearly indicate the workshop you are enrolling in by signing up at

Payment can be made through Interac to or by clicking the “donate” button here.

Your participation will be confirmed and Ben will contact you directly with Zoom details.

Poetry Workshops with BEN LEDOUCEUR

These workshops have been scheduled at different times/on different days of the week to accommodate various schedules. All workshops for general audiences, 17+

Wed, Dec 2, 7:00PM-8:00PM EST

Ideas for when the poem you’re writing is stuck, broken, or acting like a jerk.

Workshop with 15 participants

Thurs, Dec 10, 8:00PM-9:00PM EST

For anyone aiming to express matters of illness and healing in poetry.

Smaller workshop with 10 participants

Mon, Dec 14, 9:00PM-10:00PM ESTA few exercises addressing the question, How do you know when the poem is done??

Workshop with 15 participants

Bio: 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).