TWS, the Writers' Studio at Simon Fraser University, hosts a monthly reading series for local writers. Yesterday an interesting group gathered at Take Five Cafe on Granville Street to read a wide variety of pieces.
Included in the lineup were current and past members of TWS as well as members of the Thursdays Writing Collective. Instituted by TWS alumni, this second group meets weekly at the Carnegie Community Centre at Hastings and Main to provide a writing forum for people on the Downtown Eastside.
An interesting part of the evening involved an audience participation segment. The moderators, Fiona Scott and Elee Kraljii Gardiner, noted down certain lines from the performing readers and then had someone choose one randomly to use as a writing prompt.
"Push the button" was the topic and writers leaned into their task for six minutes. The prompt generated humour, drama, and cultural commentary, some of which was shared by volunteers who read their impromptu work.
The next reading in the series is Friday May 13, at the Rhizome Cafe on East Broadway.