Moose Factory Writers’ Retreat

UPDATE: The Moose Factory Writers’ Retreat: Your Words, Your Way

August 23 – 25, 2017

Cree Village Ecolodge, Moose Factory, Ontario

PLEASE NOTE, out of town accommodations are  booked up but Jean Pierre Chabot is still accepting local registrations. 

As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations and to start celebrating the what the next 150 years have in store, the MoCreebec Eeyoud Council (one of two Indigenous communities on Moose Factory Island), in partnership with the OWC, are very pleased to present the Moose Factory Writers’ Retreat: Your Words, Your Way taking place on August 23 – 25, 2017 in Moose Factory, Ontario. This celebration of creativity will feature a full-day writing workshop led by award-winning author Ruth E. Walker (Living Underground), an evening of history presented by the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, and a Coffee House-style gathering featuring local artists, musicians, and storytellers.

Moose Factory is Ontario’s oldest English-speaking settlement, and is located at the mouth of the Moose River leading into James Bay. This two-day retreat provides writers with an inimitable opportunity to enhance your creative voice using a unique approach enriched by the community surroundings, its people and a renewed appreciation for the tradition of oral storytelling.

The Schedule for the Writers Retreat is as follows:

August 23, 2017

6PM – 9PM Naming & Knowledge Community Event presented by the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives. Historic photos of the area, recently digitized by HBC Archives, will be presented and discussed, with the community providing spontaneous and open commentary, taking place at the Ministik School Gymnasium.

August 24, 2017

Ruth E. Walker

9AM – 5PM Your Words, Your Way writing workshop led by award-winning Canadian author, poet, and playwright Ruth E. Walker. This full-day workshop celebrates our unique creative voices through hands-on exercises and group activities. This is a day to explore and be inspired by the power of words, the importance of story and the energy found through writing and sharing in community. Exercises will include freefall writing, group activities to challenge paradigms and expectations. Handouts will reinforce exercises and serve as resource material to take home. Your Words, Your Way takes place at the Cree Village Ecolodge.

12:30 – 1:30 PM –Yours To Explore: Discovering the HBC Archives lunchtime presentation by James Gorton of the Hudson’s  Bay Company Archives.

Moose Factory Water Works, 1934 (H. Bassett), republished with kind permission of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba.

This presentation peers into the history of the area explored through the earliest documented records of the Hudson’s Bay Company, including examples from staff journals and logs.  Yours To Explore will also take place at the Cree Village Ecolodge during the lunch break for the Your Words, Your Way writing workshop.

 

August 25, 2017

9AM – 12PM Coffee House Celebration of Creativity featuring local artists, musicians, oral storytellers and writers who wish to present their work from the previous day’s workshop, along with a reading by Ruth E. Walker. JUST ADDED: We will be announcing the Winners of our Moose Factory Story Starters contest live at the Coffee House.  

Registration to attend the retreat is free. Space is limited. PLEASE NOTE: Out of town accommodations are  booked up but Jean Pierre Chabot is still accepting local registrations. (See contact info below.)

We look forward to seeing you at this very special and unique retreat!

 

For more information and questions, please contact Naomi Mesbur at  registration@thewritersconference.com or Jean-Pierre Chabot at jean-pierre.chabot@mocreebec.com .

To register for the retreat, contact Jean-Pierre Chabot at MoCreebec Eeyoud Council via email at jean-pierre.chabot@mocreebec.com .

To get to Moose Factory:

http://www.moosecree.com/tourism/directions.html

The town of Moose Factory can be reached via water taxi from Moosonee, Ontario. There is no vehicle access from the mainland to Moose Factory in the summer.

Moosonee, Ontario can be reached via the Polar Bear Express train from Cochrane, Ontario. For more information, visit http://www.ontarionorthland.ca/ .

For flight information to Moosonee from Timmins, Ontario, visit www.aircreebec.ca .

Accommodations:

For more information about the Cree Village Ecolodge, including rates and reservations, visit www.creevillage.com or call  705-658-6400 or email frontdesk@creevillage.com .

Other accommodation options are also available. For more information, please contact Jean-Pierre Chabot at MoCreebec Eeyoud Council via email at jean-pierre.chabot@mocreebec.com .

 

 

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