Draft is a celebration of process. Readers are invited to try something new … anything they’ve always wanted to try but have never had the opportunity. This might involve simply reading new work, but it might also include writing in a genre they’re not known for, collaborating with another writer or someone from a different discipline, incorporating elements from the other arts, reading upside down … anything and everything.
Every reading includes a couple of feature readers, plus mini-readings by a wide range of emerging and established writers. The readings are fast paced, and very eclectic.
Another component of the series is a publication called Draft including rough drafts, collages, sketches or any kind of raw material. This is a numbered, limited edition available only on the day of the reading, with a cover by Ron Edding.
The Draft series upholds anti-oppression principles. That means acknowledging that people are treated differently in our society based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, varieties of ability, and age. We oppose discrimination on the basis of any of these factors. We acknowledge that the land on which we work and live has been the site of human activity for millennia, and has been and continues to be a site of injustice against Indigenous people. As presenters of stories, we strive to work responsibly, and ask all our writers to do the same: respecting and not appropriating the stories of Indigenous peoples, or any other marginalized groups. We have a long way to go when it comes to making our space accessible to people of all types of abilities, but we are striving to constantly improve and welcome feedback.
Here’s a list of who’s read at Draft
Maybe you would like to be one of them? Please take a look at this document: Reading at Draft 2018 2019 season.
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