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WIR 2023 Writing Support & Manuscript Review

With an academic background in literary analysis and a passion for poetry and prose, Johnny relishes the opportunity to work with writers of all stripes and at all levels.  Whether you are creating poetry, lyrics, fiction, memoir, or essays, Johnny is here to discuss your writing and support your process.

For writers interested in taking their writing from the page to the stage, Johnny’s experience with spoken word and performance gives him a unique perspective on what it takes to adapt your written work for the stage and develop and improve your performance skills.

Book a one-on-one consultation or drop-in and visit Johnny in the Rotary Makerspace during his regular office hours: Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm, or Saturdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm,  September 21 to October 26 (except Saturday, October 14th).

To book your consultation or find out more about submission criteria email Pre-booked consultations will take priority over drop-ins.

PRPL’s 2023 Writer in Residence – Johnny MacRae

Residency Dates:  September 15th, 2023 – October 27th, 2023

Johnny MacRae is a spoken word (or mouthy) poet of Gaelic ancestry who lives on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations.

Since arriving on the Van Slam stage in 2009, Johnny has won regional and national poetry slam titles. Although best known for his high energy and humorous poems, Johnny is a versatile artist whose work ranges from poetry slam, to site-specific storytelling, to spoken word theatre.

2023 is the second  year of PRPL’s Writer in Residence program, for more information go to