Evan J

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Literary arts

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Central Plains, Pembina Valley, Eastman, Capital Region

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Biography

Now living in Manitoba, Evan J (he/they) is a professional writer and writing teacher. Evan was previously a high school teacher and adult educator.

Evan is the author of Ripping down half the trees (MQUP 2021), is the Fiction Editor for Cloud Lake Literary journal, and has been a judge/juror for literary grants, awards, magazines, festivals, and a reading series. Evan has received a handful of literary awards, including the 2018 Vallum Award for Poetry.

Evan strives to offer writing workshops to remote and underserved communities. For the past several years, Evan lived in Sioux Lookout, Ontario and taught writing to Indigenous adults and high school students across Treaty 3 and 9 territories. Evan is particularly keen on collaborating with schools in Manitoba's northern regions, but is also open to all regions.

Evan is excited to collaborate with you!

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Project Samples

Let’s make a magazine

Seeing your artistic work published can be life-changing. This multi-day workshop, run at the class or grade level, has students work together to produce a literary magazine. The students sample various artistic and production roles (fiction writing, poetry writing, review writing, editorial work, proofreading, bookbinding, etc.), and by the end of the project, the students have physical proof of their success. The finished magazine can also be a wonderful addition to graduation material, the local library, the students’ portfolios, etc.

Writing a grant application

The post-graduation options for high school students can be daunting, and this is particularly true for students interested in art. But one of the most valuable skills an artist can have, especially for a new artist, is the ability to write a professional grant application. This multi-day workshop helps interested students (1) look for eligible grants, (2) summarize their project goals into words, and (3) learn how to repeat this process as they mature as an artist. By the end of the workshop, students will either have a real grant application complete, or a template to use for future applications.

Creative writing camp

In every classroom, there are students who write lots and write well. But of course, there is only so much time and curriculum dedicated to creative writing. This week-long writing camp solves this problem by letting these literary-minded students loose into a creative utopia. Any students who join will meet as a group with Evan, the writing professional, twice per day, and participate in (1) daily writing exercises, (2) editing exercises, (3) a week-long prose writing project, (4) several take-home assignments, and (5) group readings. It’s intensive, it’s enjoyable, it’s dynamic, and it provides young writers with an abundance of writing experience.

Testimonials

Evan J did a poetry workshop in my grade ten classroom and did an amazing job of making poetry accessible to all. Evan shared some of his own poems with the students before guiding them through a freewriting activity. Evan broke the activity down into manageable steps and used very approachable language to discuss some of the important elements of poetry. If you are going to have students write poetry in your classroom, one of Evan's workshops is a great way to demystify the process.

—Kelly, teacher, River East Transcona School Division in Winnipeg, MB, 2022

As the workshop host for the ‘Writing Poems to Help Us Relax’ facilitated by Evan J, I would like to share that this was a fun, engaging, and interactive workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn new techniques to improve my poetry writing and stimulate my creativity. This workshop went by so quickly because it was so enjoyable. Thanks to Evan J for his infectious enthusiasm and guidance. Meegwetch!

—Rachel, event organizer, Equay-wuk Women’s Group, Sioux Lookout, ON, 2022

An inspiring workshop. Evan J opened our eyes and our minds to the world of modern contemporary poetry. The process was not only rewarding, but also a journey of self-expression and healing. He showed us, through the works of many published writers that poetry comes in many forms and that it can be used to educate, motivate and gain perspective. It was a fun and engaging session, where everyone had the chance to share ideas and connect in new ways.

—Sandra, adult literacy practitioner, Bridges Adult Learning Centre in Dryden, ON, 2022