Events & Workshops

Event Type

Start: February 20, 2024 - 6:30 pm
To: 8:30 pm (SK Time)
Online via Zoom
Cat Abenstein - Program Manager
Registration Deadline
February 13, 2024 - 12:00 am
Limited to 17 participants

* Sold Out, please call
Free for members
$30.00 for non-members
Start: February 20, 2024 - 6:30 pm
To: 8:30 pm (SK Time)

What’s in a Name? Let’s Talk about Poem Titles with Samantha Jones

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This event will not be recorded.


Accessibility Measures in this workshop

  • Live auto-captions through Zoom
  • Presenter self-descriptions
  • Limited Zoom technical support is provided by SWG staff to assist participants while they’re in the Zoom meeting.


To help you prepare, here are the expectations for participants in this workshop:

  • Camera optional workshop (participants are not expected to be on camera.)
  • Participant discussion is not required but it is appreciated.
  • Participants are not expected to share writing created during the workshop with the group, but it is appreciated.
  • Participants are expected to participate in activities/prompts/exercises throughout the workshop. (There won’t be homework after the fact, but there may be a small pre-workshop assignment.)


What’s in a name? Let’s Talk about Poem Titles


Long titles, short titles, titles that repeat a line or a word, titles that lead into the body of the poem, untitled—let’s talk about different types of poem titles! In this two-hour workshop, we will consider how titles work with poem text to add layers of meaning, give clues, emphasize themes, and add to the overall poem aesthetic. This workshop is interactive and requires a short pre-work assignment. Participants are asked to select a short poem from the literature and prepare a brief description (2-3 sentences) of how the title and body of the poem work together. We will have a roundtable where participants will share their thoughts with the group. In the later part of this session, we will talk about poem title options for our own works. Participants are encouraged to bring an original poem to the workshop, as there will be time to complete an exercise that encourages experimentation with different title options for in-progress works. Similar to all of my workshops, you can expect the poems that we read in this class to represent diverse writers and experiences.



Samantha Jones (she/her) is an earth scientist, writer, and copyeditor based in Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary), Treaty 7 territory. Her words appear in THIS, Grain, CV2, Room, GeoHumanities, and elsewhere. She is an alumna of the Banff Centre Spring Writers Retreat and is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Calgary. Her visual poetry chapbook, Site Orientation, is available from the Blasted Tree and her debut full-length collection, Attic Rain, will be published by NeWest Press in 2024. Find Sam at







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