The Convergence Series brings together widely varied streams of intellectual and spiritual knowledge within the context of open-heartedness. As converging creeks create a mighty river, this integration of different ways of knowing yields something that is stronger, deeper, and more complex than any single watercourse. Convergence wisdom is creative, rooted in relationship, and designed to change individuals, inspire communities, and help heal the world.
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Story as Resistance: June 12-13, 2020
Registration is now open for the 7th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend, this year featuring poet/singer/songwriter Sid Marty, novelist/poet/carpenter Kate Braid, and poet/teacher/activist Nancy Holmes. Opening performance for Convergence will be at the Silverton Memorial Hall on Friday, June 12, 2020.
This year’s theme is “Story as Resistance.” Friday evening will open with a 7 p.m. performance of original work by Sid Marty, readings by Holmes and Braid, and discussion by Braid, Holmes and Marty on the ways that they use stories, poetry, songs and memoir as a form of resistance—and how that resistance clarifies the world that they want.
While the Friday evening event is open to the public, all other events are for registered participants only.
Saturday will feature writing workshops with Kate Braid and Nancy Holmes during the day. These sessions run from 9:30 to 5 p.m., with time out for lunch. Location TBA.
The weekend closes with the Saturday evening Convergence integration session for participants and principals at the Silverton Memorial Hall from 7–9 p.m. This event, a moderated session for participants and leaders only, will offer the opportunity to discuss all the ways that the craft of writing intersects with resistance, and what this multi-disciplinary outlook has to offer us–and the world around us.
In preparation for this event, the Convergence committee has been wrestling with questions about resistance and stories. We’ve been reading Julia Esquivel’s poem Threatened with Resurrection (http://www.how-matters.org/2012/08/31/julia-esquivel/). We invite you to read the poem and engage the questions before the workshop— write about these questions, or bring these issues consciously to your writing process. We also invite you to bring your own questions about writing and resistance.
- What stories or poems most changed or impacted you?
- What made the story/poem so powerful to you?
- How does story affect our view of resistance?
- What are the different ways resistance manifests in writing?
- How does resistance clarify the world that we want?
- Is the story yours or is this the story you’ve been told?
Sid Marty’s writing is strongly associated with the Rocky Mountains, where he previously worked as a park warden in the mountain national parks. Since l978, he has earned his living as a freelancer, writing about culture, conservation and history topics for national magazines. The author of five non-fiction titles and five collections of poetry, he is also a musician with two CDs of original songs. His poems have appeared in a long list of school textbooks, literary magazines and poetry anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse, 12 Prairie Poets and Colombo’s Poets of Canada. Sid performs on guitar, mandolin and harmonica. For more info check out www.sidmarty.com.