Groups & Events

Pandemic Stories Spring 2022

Weekly drop-in online writing group

Pandemic Stories is running this Spring at a new time!

Join this weekly Zoom drop-in space to explore your pandemic stories through writing. Each Tuesday’s lunch hour session from 11:30AM – 12:30PM will centre around a theme:

Joy – Jan 25

Nourishment – Feb 1

Connection – Feb 15

Growth – Mar 1

Humor – Mar 8

Comfort – Mar 15

Coping – Mar 22

Grief – Mar 29

No previous writing experience is needed to join this space, just a desire to connect and reflect. Feel free to stay for an additional half hour until 1PM.

Each session will start with a collaborative writing ice breaker. Then we will have time to work on our own writing separately. At the end of each session there will be an option to go around and share what we are each working on, and share resources as needed. Come with an idea or respond to a prompt. The group will meet weekly throughout the semester – you can drop in to single sessions and do not need to sign up for the whole series.

We are also publishing a zine. You may choose to submit works that you started and/or finished during the sessions. You can choose to be named, or remain anonymous in the printed zine. We will focus on writing in the space but you can submit other kinds of printable media as well – drawings, photographs, etc.

This series is hosted and curated by Sunny Nestler.


Please register here (just your name and e-mail is required) for any session in this series and you will receive a unique room link (please do not share–it only works for you!) You should only have to register once and the link will work for any of the sessions.

Photo: Sunny Nestler

Tuesdays, January to March 2022


The Writing Challengers: Study Hall sessions

Work together on class assignments in a supportive environment


Want to work on writing assignments with your fellow peers and peer tutors?

The Writing Challengers meet every Thursday from 11:30 to 12:30 to discuss current writing assignments, and work together in a low-stakes environment. If you’ve been looking for a cosy community of writers to share the trials and triumphs of the craft with, then this is where you’ll find it!

11:30AM – 12:30PM PT

Register now to get the Zoom link!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

  • What: A supportive weekly writing/study group to work on class assignments
  • Who: All students
  • When: Thursdays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM PT
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room


11:30AM – 12:30PM PT every Thursday


On Edge Reading Series SPRING 2022

Open to ECU and the public

The Writing Centre presents the On Edge Reading Series SPRING 2022, which seeks to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University community.

All events are on a Tuesday, FREE and ONLINE this season. ASL interpretation is provided.

Please register to attend on Zoom (e-mail is the most important and we do not share any information with other parties). After registering, you will receive the event link.


Photo courtesy: Sachiko

Jan. 18, 2022 at 6:30PM PT with Sachiko Murakami
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Sachiko Murakami is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Render (2020), a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award. As a literary worker, she has edited poetry, taught creative writing, worked for trade organizations, hosted reading series, sat on juries, and judged prizes.


Photo: Dana Putnam

Feb. 8, 2022 at 6:30PM PT with Hiromi Goto
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Hiromi Goto is an emigrant from Japan who gratefully resides in Lekwungen Territory. Goto has been a trail-blazing author in Canada for over twenty years. Recognized both at home and abroad, many of her award-winning books have been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, and will soon be available in Korean and German. Her literary fiction traces the lives of Japanese Canadian women— through migration, across generations. Her works that explore the fantastic weave across cultures casting mythologies, feminism and agency into contemporary frameworks. Her newest book, Shadow Life, is a graphic novel for an adult audience. It is a fresh, funny and layered representation of an older Japanese Canadian bisexual woman who is intent on living her best life on her own terms. Hiromi is currently at work trying to decolonize her relationship to writing and the land.


Photo: Samuel Engelking

Mar. 1, 2022 at 6:30PM PT with Canisia Lubrin
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Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work is published widely and has been frequently anthologized, including translations into French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Lubrin’s most recent poetry collection, The Dyzgraphxst, was awarded the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, named a finalist for the Derek Walcott Poetry Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her debut poetry collection Voodoo Hypothesis, was named a CBC Best Poetry Book, longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. 2019 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University, Lubrin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. In 2021, Lubrin was a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize. Her fiction debut, Code Noir, is forthcoming from Knopf Canada.


Photo courtesy: Grace

Mar. 29, 2022 at 6:30PM PT with Grace Lau:
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Grace Lau is a Hong-Kong-born, Chinese Canadian poet who is currently living in Midland. She grew up in Vancouver and now lives in Toronto, where she works as an editor and a writer in the fields of advertising and technology. When she isn’t writing you can find her on a basketball court. Her debut collection, The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak, is now available via Guernica Editions.

This series is organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and Vance Wright.

The On Edge series showcases the work of: writers who are doing the freshest, most interesting, and relevant work, and poets who are also volunteers, literary award winners, social justice organizers, prison abolitionists, literary organizers, dancers, managing editors, filmmakers, creative writing instructors, and scholars. The On Edge programming serves to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of ECUAD. The series is support by the Emily Carr Writing Centre with grateful acknowledgement to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Coast Salish First Nations whose traditional lands we are on.

This season’s poster (click to enlarge):

On Edge on social media!

Follow us On Edge on Instagram for more information on events and readers involved!

For any other inquiries:

Please e-mail


January to March 2022


Pandemic Stories zine: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Call for creative work for publication

The Pandemic Stories writing group at ECU invites you to submit a piece of your creative work (writing, visual, anything that can be printed in a 2D format) for consideration in the publication of a zine.

Please submit to one of the following categories with the subject line: pandemic stories [category name] to (please attach files as jpg or pdf under 10MB each). Or, submissions on A4 paper may be dropped off at the Writing Centre. ‘

You may submit to more than one category.

Categories: joy / nourishment / connection / growth / humor / comfort / coping / grief

Deadline: March 31, 2022

All submissions by attendees of the writing group will be accepted, with consideration for their adherence to the ECUAD Community Conduct policy. Submissions by other community members will be juried by the Pandemic Stories staff and faculty.

Please reach out to with any questions.

Learn more about the Pandemic Stories weekly writing group.

Photos: Sunny Nestler

Open until March 31, 2022

submissions only

Graduate Writing Group

Weekly drop-in online group for graduate students

Join us for a weekly virtual drop-in writing meetup. The Graduate Writing Group offers a supportive
environment to work on course assignments and thesis work.

Runs Thursdays (starting October 28) from 11:30am to 1pm PT.

How to join:
Register here for the Zoom link


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11:30AM – 1PM PT every Thursday


Letter Writing Club

Bringing back snail mail


We may say letter writing but we’re up to so much more! Pop into our Zoom room on Tuesdays between 4 – 5PM PT and join us for writing, talking about postage, sharing ideas, mail art/pen pal community information and chats with fellow letter writing enthusiasts, among other things!


Register now for the Zoom link

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

  • What: A club for letter writers from all backgrounds
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Tuesdays from 4 – 5PM PT
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room


4 – 5 PM PT every Tuesday


Faculty Writing Group

For Faculty to get some writing done!

The Faculty Writing Group has been one of the Writing Centre’s most beloved programs. Every week, faculty colleagues gather to talk (a little) about their writing projects and goals; we then set timers and write, getting done in 90 minutes what can take hours without the accountability of a writing community.

Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30am PT


Register for the Zoom link here!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

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10 – 11:30AM PT every Friday

Campus and online

Wordsmiths Online

Creative writers unite!


Creative writers! Join us in a Zoom room every week for camaraderie, creative writing exercises, workshopping and relaxed conversation about creative writing, poetry and storytelling! Writers welcome at any stage of and with any kind of creative writing (graphic novels, poetry, scripts, etc.)

Wordsmiths will be facilitated by our tutors Elijah and Thymian!


Register to get the Zoom link!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

  • What: A club for creative writers–experienced or aspiring
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Thursdays, 4:30-6PM PT
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room

4:30 – 6PM PST every Thursday


Upcoming events

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Tuesday, Sep 21

Wednesday, Sep 22

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
WORDSMITHS (Thymian and Elijah)

Tuesday, Sep 28

Wednesday, Sep 29

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
WORDSMITHS (Thymian and Elijah)

Friday, Oct 1

Tuesday, Oct 5

Wednesday, Oct 6

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
WORDSMITHS (Thymian and Elijah)
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MORE TO COME! We are working on some fun events this coming year. Please stay tuned through our social media accounts for any announcements!