MAS News: What the Plus (+) Writers Workshop +the WTP+ Art Exhibition continues until Aug 7 (Tues, Thurs, Sat 12-5pm)

What the Plus (+) Writers Workshop!

Just a few spaces left (max 12 attendees)

Saturday July 31, 2021 at 2pm: andrea bennett presents a workshop on writing and publishing memoirs about identities in flux with andrea bennett on Sat. July 31 at 2pm at TAC (RSVP required – tap the button below or email whattheplusart@gmail.comand Covid-19 protocols fully enforced. Face masks required.

LGTBQ+ Memoir Workshop: How to Write the Self, When the Self Is in Flux

(Limited space, so sign up today! email giovanni at

Duration: 2 hours (2pm-4pm)

Location: The Art Centre qathet Public Art Gallery
215 – 6975 Alberni Street Powell River, BC, Canada V8A 2B8

Cost: FREE! We will accept donations if you are able.

This workshop will give tips and tricks about how to research and write memoir as a queer person, even if—or especially if—one’s self-conception has changed over the course of one’s life. We’ll begin with a writing exercise, talk about some techniques for researching and writing, and discuss some publication basics. 

“It is a queer memoir workshop where writers can get some publishing tips/ask publishing questions, There will be some writing time, and we’ll use some techniques to practice writing a scene.”- andrea bennett.

PLUS the gallery will be open 12-5 on the Saturday, so you can enjoy the art exhibition as well.

There is a possibility that the talk will be available online via Zoom; please contact Giovanni at if you would be interested in attending that way, or get the Zoom attendance info here.

Sponsored by:

What the Plus Festival ~ July 22-August 7, 2021

WHAT THE PLUS (+) Arts Festival

Group LGBTQ2S+ Art Exhibition, Artist talk, Writers Workshop + QR Zine

2021 Theme: Creative Self Portraits ~ Beyond the Selfie

Powell River, BC

July 22-August 7, 2021

Moving beyond our inaugural LGBTQ2S+ art festival in 2020, where we focused on the gradient implications of the ‘+’ within LGBTQ2S+, our ‘Creative Self Portraits – Beyond the Selfie’ themed show this year celebrates the queer self-portrait, as a way to further develop our local LGBTQS2+ conversation, as we strive toward greater queer visibility and understanding in our community.

This year we have 14+ artists presenting works and ideas that play with identity, gender and sexuality in a wide array of media. Our art exhibition is rounded off by an artist talk on opening night, a writers workshop, and a Q(uee)R Zine!

Presenting our artists and guest speakers:

Brian Baxter (painting, sculpture)
andrea bennett (author, workshop leader)
Alfred Bolster (photography, Installation)
Erika Gail (fibre arts; embroidery and tapestry)
Angelica Hamilton (mixed media, painting)
Prashant Miranda (painting/illustration + guest speaker)
Kathryn Neun (Mixed media)  
The Noise (mixed media, painting)
Kate Parkinson (Illustration)
Koosen Pielle (guest speaker)
Chris Roberts (painting)
Giovanni Spezzacatena/rabideye (curator, painting + animation)
Jenny Taves (painting)
Earle Thompson (photography)
Makaila Wenezenki (painting, video)


JULY 22 – AUGUST 7, 2021


Welcoming introduction by Koosen Pielle and artist talk by Prashant Miranda



SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021 at 2-4PM

‘Writing the Self, When the Self is in Flux’ by andrea bennett

To reserve a seat, email or Limited space. Masks required and BC Public Health Officer recommendations fully followed.


Q(uee)R ZINE:

Our interactive gallery guide/ mini fanzine with submissions from all over; available at the gallery.

It’s all at The Art Centre – qathet Public Art Gallery #215, 6975 Alberni Street, Powell River BC

Gallery hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat 12-5PM (free of charge; current Public Health Orders will be strictly followed)

Presented by Malaspina Art Society, and sponsored by:

Info: email: The Art Centre- qathet Public Gallery: 604.485.4278