The WRITERS POINT Poetry Retreat is an all inclusive getaway focused on bringing together writers of all poetic genres to explore, reflect, engage and enhance their craft. Located just outside of Canada's capital, the retreat takes place 45 minutes outside of downtown Ottawa. In it's inaugural year the site of the retreat will be held at the country home of Ottawa's English Poet Laureate, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, who created the program as a way to encourage poetry lovers to deepen their practice and appreciation for the art form. Page poets, Spoken word, Song writers and Storytellers are invited to spend 5 days and 5 nights in the country side; exploring the written and spoken word like never before. Come disconnect to reconnect with your writing!
Registration is now open, click the link; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRernVcIWyI3Ui8nIPoKUyfTiPyO4VKpFsiQXuNhKfKhaLXQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 to register until July 31st, early bird fee is $375 and there are only 6 spots left. This is an overnight retreat, lodging and meals are provided.
Don't miss out!
Jacqui Du Toit
Jacqui Du Toit is an international theatrical performer and storyteller from South Africa. She has a B.A in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town and has been working extensively as a professional actress, storyteller and arts educator.
Her experience covers a wide range of fields including: writing, directing, acting, movement and puppetry. Her passion and perseverance for performance arts has taken her to many destinations and festivals around the world, including performing with an African circus that toured Canada in 2008.
Jacqui now resides in Ottawa, Canada where she is the Co-owner of The Origin Arts and community
centre. She performs theatre, dance and African storytelling with her company 8thGeneration
Performance while traveling across Canada and her home country, South Africa sharing her passion in
With her performance in THE HOTTENTOT VENUS - UNTOLD Jacqui has been nominated for
Outstanding Female Actress, Prix Rideau Awards 2017 and Best female actress for the Capital Critics
Awards 2017. The one woman show which Jacqui wrote, directed and performs in is currently on tour in Canada and South Africa.
Her most recent performances include,
Resident performer at West Fest - 2017, Ottawa Fringe festival ‘ The home show’ - 2017,Black
History celebration at Parliament Canada - 2016/The Hottentot Venus - Untold - 2016 (touring) /
African Women Diplomatic Forum, Africa Day -2016 / Westfest - 2016 / Ottawa Jazz Festival - 2016
The National Museum of History, Canada, 2015/ Ottawa Storytelling series (UN)told - She speaks/
Ottawa Children’s storytelling festival 2012-15/ International Children’s festival 2012-2015/ South
African Embassy, Canada 2013 - 2015/
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers; stage name JustJamaal ThePoet, is a nationally recognized independent artist, creative entrepreneur and arts educator. He is the recently appointed Ottawa English Poet Laureate, a position that has not been occupied in the city of Ottawa for the past 30 years, and has been awarded the outstanding Artist Educator Award by the Ontario Arts Foundation. He has also received awards for his appearances on Canadian documentaries “4 Kids” and “In Their Words” by TVO and CBC respectively and was the first place recipient for best new poem at the Body Electric Poetry Film Festival for his cinepoem “Husniyah”. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Emerging Artist Award presented by RBC.
As an artist he is a poet/writer, spoken word practitioner, recording rap artist, and stage performer, recording and performing on numerous festival stages with his Hiphop group Missing LinX and new soul band, The WIze. Since his early years he has honed his talents that has allowed him in the past five years to bring his performances to audiences across Canada and internationally. His defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his listeners during his live performance sets. As a creative entrepreneur he has quickly become known for his ability to take ideas and translate them into action, using art as a way to bring communities together for entertainment and education. He is the mind and management behind such endeavours as Make Spoken Word Go Viral and Fly Poets Society; organizations that support poets and songwriters in their craft and that engineer poetry and music related events in the capital city of Canada.
Other major creative projects under his name include Urban Legends Poetry Slam, Nationless Nights Music Concert, The Algonquin College Poetry Show, the House of Paint OG500 Poetry Slam, and the National Youth Poetry Festival to name a few. As an arts educator he has worked with over hundreds of youth and young adults nationally and abroad, using unique methods to assist participants in finding their artistic voice. He has taught songwriting workshops, hiphop workshops and poetry workshops and has been recognized by his peers for the creative activities that he uses in order for the learner to be actively engaged.
He is also considered a mentor and arts coach, working in correctional facilities and finding time to tutor in inclusive settings with artists to help them reach their goals within various artistic fields. Teaching, inspiring and leading is what Jamaal believes he does best, and with over 15 years of working with youth, he finds his passion best exemplified as an arts educator. Jamaal hopes that he will be able to share his passion, story, experience and vision with you in the near future. See the contacts page to learn how to get in touch with him. Thank you for visiting the website.
Tuesday, Aug 14 - Day 1
12:00pm-3:00pm Arrival/Meet & Greet
3:00-5:00pm Room/Accommodation set up
5:30-6:30pm Schedule overview and opening ceremony
8:00-10:00pm Poetry Retreat Open Mic Jam
Wednesday, Aug 15 - Day 2
9:30-12:30pm 1st workshop (poetry)
2:30-5:30pm 2nd workshop (stage)
5:30-6:30pm office hours for extra support
8:00-10:00pm Evening at Origin Studio OR BBQ POOL PARTY
Thursday, Aug 16 - Day 3
8:00-11:00am 1st workshop (poetry)
11:30-2:30pm 2nd workshop (stage)
2:30-3:30pm Depart for Nordik spa
4:00-10:00pm Nordik spa
Friday, Aug 17 - Day 4
9:00-10:00am Travel to hiking trail
11:00-2:00pm 1st workshop (poetry)
2:00-3:00pm Lunch/ break
3:00-4:00pm office hours for extra support
4:00-7:00pm 2nd workshop (stage)
8:30-9:00pm sunset writing
9:00pm Return home
Saturday, August 18 - Day 5
10:00-12:00pm 1st workshop (poetry)
12:30-2:30pm 2nd workshop (stage)
4:00pm Leave for venue
5:00-6:30pm Dress rehearsal
7:00-10:00pm Main event
11:00pm-2:00am Retreat After Party
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The Writers Point poetry retreat is sponsored by Versefest and the City of Ottawa who fund the Poet Laureate program.
Thank you for visiting our site, see you at the retreat.