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Victoria Literary Festival opens Aug. 10

Island Chocolates in Victoria
Island Chocolates in Victoria plays host to the Victoria Literary Festival, set to run Aug. 10-12.

Surrender to the Mystery is the theme of the Victoria Literary Festival set to run Aug. 10-12 in Victoria-by-the-Sea.

The opening reception is Aug. 10, 7 p.m., at Island Chocolates.

Aug. 11 will feature What’s Your Story: Life Writing Workshop with Trevor Corkum, 2-4 p.m., at The Old School. It will be followed by the Evening Review (words, music and dance), 7-9 p.m., at Island Chocolates.

On Aug. 12, enjoy Yoga with Joshua Lewis, 1-2 p.m. at The Old School. Poetry of Breath with Corkumand Lewis explores the connection between self-expression, language and body awareness, 2-4 p.m., also at The Old School.

At a glance

What: The Victoria Literary Festival’s 2018 Short Story Contest

Criteria: 1,500 words, taking into consideration the theme of the 2018 VLF festival: Surrender to the Mystery.

To enter: All entries must be sent in print form to: Victoria Literary Festival, PO BOX 82, Victoria, PE, C0A2G0 and a digital copy to: emma@spoon-fed.com.

Deadline: Sept. 1.

For more information: victorialiteraryfestival.com

Corkum’s novel “The Electric Boy” is set to debut with Doubleday Canada. An award-winning writer, 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 various awards. He was the 2017 writer-in-residence at Lester B. Pearson United World College and a 2017 writer-in-residence on the Canada C3 expedition. A current PhD student in adult wducation at the University of Toronto, his research uses narrative and storytelling to explore notions of home, belonging, and identity in a globalized world. He divides his time between Toronto and the south shore of Prince Edward Island.

Lewis is a yoga practitioner and teacher known for offering classes that encourage safe and compassionate inquiry into the pulsating experience of life – on and off the mat. His calm and supportive guidance is sought after by students of all levels, age and life circumstance, knowing that he teaches humbly and with deep respect for each individual’s personal practice. He believes passionately that when people practice yoga, they are practicing for life and as such, each class is an opportunity to connect deeply with ourselves.

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