Antigua Writes 2017

Tanya Evanson has been facilitating innovative literary and performance workshops for youth, at-risk youth, BIPOC, WOC, and emerging/mid-career/established writers across Canada and abroad since 2005. She specializes in the interdisciplinary art form of spoken word which emphasizes a combination of writing and performance skills. She is interested in the return of creative writing to its oral, poetic, mystic and rhythmic roots.

With a background teaching ESL to young adults and professionals in Istanbul, Turkey (2005) and at International Language Schools of Canada in Vancouver BC (2008-12), Evanson's teaching philosophy is based in the communicative approach and propelled by 20 years of professional arts experience. Workshops are participant-centered, trusting environments conducive to authenticity, creativity and craft for writers and performers at all levels.

She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Concordia University and certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Turkish Language. Her fluency extends to English, French Spanish, and an intermediate understanding of Turkish.

A Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based writer and performer, Evanson is also director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, and full member of:

  • The League of Canadian Poets (LCP)
  • Quebec Writer's Federation (QWF)
  • Writers in the Community (WIC)
  • Culture in Schools Program / Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation
  • English Language Arts Network (ELAN)
  • Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
  • Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Quebec
  • Northern Griot Network

Ubud International Writers Festival 2016

International Language Schools of Canada 2012
What participants say:

"Not only did my writing muscles get a work out, my spirits were lifted."

"I felt alive in the process…and that gave me the key to the poem…by the time I was done I was quite eager to share it…so eager in fact that my heart was beating a wild tattoo against my rib cage…I could hear it…"

"So great. I am new to writing and performing and haven’t received much structure/training so this was informative and powerful."

"Well prepared, excellent communicator, very soulful and in tune with offering in creating a safe space for exploration."

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