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Writing and yoga part of Victoria Literary Festival this weekend

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VICTORIA, P.E.I. – An award-winning writer is teaming up with a yoga instructor to present the Victoria Literary Festival this weekend.

Based on the theme “Surrender to the mystery,” the Aug. 10 to 12 event features writing workshops by festival organizer, Trevor Corkum, yoga, and a session combining the two.

The weekend starts with an opening reception at 7 p.m. at Island Chocolates in Victoria on Friday. On Saturday, “What’s Your Story,” a life writing workshop with Corkum, will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Old School, Victoria. Saturday finishes off with an Evening Review, with words, music and dance, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Island Chocolates.

Sunday will bring Yoga with Joshua Lewis from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Old School.

This will be followed by “Poetry of Breath” with Corkum and Lewis, a session that explores the connection between self-expression, language and body awareness. This will continue from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Old School.

Corkum, whose novel “The Electric Boy” is set to debut with Doubleday Canada, divides his time between Toronto and the south shore of P.E.I. He attended Three Oaks Senior High in Summerside and worked summers at UPEI before heading to Lester B. Pearson United World College where he was the 2017 writer-in-residence.

An educator, scholar, and editor, he has facilitated workshops and lectured across Canada and around the world. His fiction, essays, journalism and reviews appear regularly in periodicals such as the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, and his work has been recognized with nominations for the Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award for fiction, a Western Magazine Award for personal journalism, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize.

A current PhD student in adult education at the University of Toronto, Corkum’s research uses narrative and storytelling to explore notions of home, belonging, and identity in a globalized world.

Lewis, owner of the Toronto-based yoga company Yoga With Joshua, has built a strong following hosting retreats around the world in places as diverse as the Italian Tuscan countryside and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

The Victoria Literary Festival includes a 2018 Short Story Contest. The criteria is that the piece be 1,500 words and take into consideration the theme of the 2018 VLF festival: Surrender to the Mystery.

All entries must be sent in print form to: Victoria Literary Festival, PO Box 82, Victoria, PE, C0A2G0, and a digital copy to: Deadline for entries is Sept. 1.

Schedule of events

Schedule for Victoria Literary Festival in Victoria-by-the-Sea:

Aug. 10: Opening Reception: 7 p.m. at Island Chocolates

Aug. 11: What’s Your Story: Life writing workshop with Trevor Corkum: 2-4 p.m. at The Old School

Aug. 11: Evening Review (words, music and dance): 7–9 p.m. at Island Chocolates

Aug. 12: Yoga with Joshua Lewis: 1-2 p.m. at The Old School

Aug. 12: Poetry of Breath with Trevor and Josh: Exploring the connection between self-expression, language and body awareness: 2-4 p.m. at The

Old School.

Sept. 1: Deadline for Victoria Literary Festival 2018 Short Story Contest.

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