Artist in Residence

The City of Port Coquitlam Artist-in-Residence program is a self-directed residency offering artists the opportunity to research, develop and produce new or ongoing bodies of work, with dedicated studio time. The Artist-in-Residence program offers opportunities for artists to work in the community, develop arts-based engagement activities, and deliver creative projects that generate meaningful connections. The program sees artists work collaboratively with community members in initiatives where the participants take a central role as creators, producers, and performers or as active audiences for the project. With a goal of contributing to the growing vibrancy of our neighbourhoods, the Artist-in-Residence program seeks to inspire participation and relationship-building where art (the process of creating together) acts as a catalyst for individual and community engagement. Residencies are for artists or artist collectives working in the visual, performance, literary, and musical arts.

Artist-in-Residence | Marn Norwich

Meet Port Coquitlam’s new Artist in Residence, Marn Norwich. Marn is a writing workshop facilitator, writing coach, poet and playwright. Her poetry book, Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press), won an Independent Publisher Book Award.

During her residency, Marn will launch the Muse Project, a series of writing workshops on the theme of Connection. These workshops will present an opportunity for Port Coquitlam residents to engage their creativity, connect deeply to their truest stories and contact their wild and unique wisdom by participating in the writing process. The workshops will culminate in a community reading. She’ll also provide one-on-one writing mentorship for community members.

Marn will facilitate an all-ages Earth-Walk + Write event as part of the City’s Centennial May Day celebration. In our May Day Art Zone, she’ll lead a springtime-vision writing workshop for children in the Magic Tent, a world where transformation is possible!

Artist Talk with Marn Norwich
Join us for an artist talk with Marn Norwich in the Michael Wright Art Gallery on Thursday, February 16th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  RSVP by emailing arts@portcoquitlam.ca

1:1 Writing Mentorship

Marn is offering one-on-one writing mentorship sessions to support community members who are seeking ways to move forward with their writing or who are experiencing creative blocks. These are available at the Outlet studio, with registration, between January 31 and June 30, 2023.

For more information or to register, please email Marn at marn@vancouverwritingcourses.com

WORKSHOPS

In all workshops, the share-circle is intended to support, encourage and inspire writers (it is not a critique). The purpose of the workshops is to empower participants to dive into the writing process through innovative prompts and the sharing of writing in a safe, fun and dynamic circle. Workshops are offered for children, youth, and adults, including workshops specifically designed for immigrants and newcomers, as well as people identifying as women. All participants may submit their writing to the Muse Project blog and present their work at a public reading this spring.

Muse Project Writing Workshop (18+)
Outlet Artist in Res    75158   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm   Mar 11
Outlet Artist in Res    75159   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm   May 13
Engage your creativity, connect deeply to your truest stories and contact your wild and unique wisdom! Using the theme of Connection, this workshop includes a check-in, short guided visualization, series of writing prompts and the opportunity to share after each prompt.

Muse Project Women’s Writing Workshop (18+)
Outlet Artist in Res   75160   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm  Mar 25
Outlet Artist in Res   75161   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm  Apr 1
This workshop is open to all adults who identify as female. Engage your creativity, connect deeply to your truest stories and contact your wild and unique wisdom! Using the theme of Connection, this workshop includes a check-in, short guided visualization, series of writing prompts and the opportunity to share after each prompt.

Muse Project Teens’ Writing Workshop (13-18)
Outlet Artist in Res   75162   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm  Apr 8
Engage your creativity, connect deeply to your truest stories and contact your wild and unique wisdom! Using the theme of Connection, this workshop includes a check-in, short guided visualization, series of writing prompts and the opportunity to share after each prompt.

Muse Project Children’s Writing Workshop (6-12)
Outlet Artist in Res   75163   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm  Apr 15
Engage your creativity, connect to your most important stories and contact your wild and magical self! Using the theme of Connection, this workshop includes a check-in, short guided visualization, series of writing prompts and the opportunity to share after each prompt.

Muse Project Immigrants/Newcomers Writing Workshop (18+)
Outlet Artist in Res   75164   Sa  1:00pm-3:00pm  May 20
Engage your creativity, connect deeply to your truest stories and contact your wild and unique wisdom! Using the theme of Connection, this workshop includes a check-in, short guided visualization, series of writing prompts and the opportunity to share after each prompt.

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Please check back for more information in Spring 2023.

Contact

Lesley Perrie 
Public Art & Community Engagement Specialist
Tel 604.927.8442
Email perriel@portcoquitlam.ca