Groups & Events

Wordsmiths *SUMMER*

Creative writers unite!

Creative writers! Join us 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.)

Stay tuned to our social media for updates, but Summer Wordsmiths will be held primarily HYBRID (drop by if you are on campus or join online!)

Summer Wordsmiths will be facilitated by our tutors Elijah and Thymian.

HOW TO JOIN:

Drop by if you’re on campus or join online: Register to get the Zoom link!

Please e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca if you have any questions.

  • What: A club for creative writers–experienced or aspiring
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Tuesdays during lunch hour, 12 – 1 PM PT (No sessions on June 28 and July 19)
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room or in-person on campus (in the Writing Centre in the Library)

12 – 1PM every Tuesday

Online + in person

Letterwriting Collective *SUMMER*

Bringing back snail mail

We may say letter writing but we’re up to so much more! Pop into our Zoom room 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! This group is hybrid: we will do online and may do in-person field trips as well!

HOW TO JOIN:

Register now for the Zoom link

Please e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca if you have any questions.

  • What: A club for letter writers from all backgrounds
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Mondays from 4-5PM PT
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room with occasional field trip

 

4 – 5PM every Monday

Online

The Writing Challengers: Study Hall sessions

Work together on class assignments in a supportive environment

NEW DAY FOR SPRING 2022!

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!

THURSDAYS
11:30AM – 12:30PM PT

HOW TO JOIN:
Register now to get the Zoom link!

Please e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca 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 (NO SESSION DURING READING WEEK 2022)
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room

Graphic: vecteezy.com

11:30AM – 12:30PM PT every Thursday

Online

Faculty + Staff Writing Group

Get some writing done!

The Faculty + Staff 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.

This summer, join us online on Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30am PT

HOW TO JOIN:

Register for the Zoom link here!

Please e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca if you have any questions.

Image: KaboomPics / pexels.com

10 – 11:30AM PT every Friday

Online

Grad Show Planning Workshops

Helping you prepare for the Grad Show

Grad Show Planning Workshops
in the Writing Centre + online

April 19, 2022 ,noon – 1 p.m. in person + online
What’s it Called? Moving Beyond Untitled: Generative writing practices for titling your work.
Using extension, list making, and concept generation strategies we’ll come up with so many ideas. Then we’ll use composition by excision to narrow them down. In the end, we’ll discover the best title for your work. Bonus content: building familiarity with extension and compression as writing process strategies.

April 20, 2022, noon – 1 p.m. in person + online
Why’d you do it? Generating Compelling Artist Statements
Focusing on the materiality of language, we’ll experiment with ways to generate language that reflects your work in exciting ways. Bonus content: creating specific, unique artist statements that move beyond generic approaches.

April 21, 2022, noon – 1 p.m. in person + online
Who made this? Auto-Conceptual Approaches to Writing (and talking!) about your work
How do you talk about your work with others? This workshop will generate playful and super serious ways of talking about your art and design practice with whoever asks, ‘what’s this about?’ Bonus content: how to write an exciting artist bio.

April 22, 2022, noon – 1 p.m. in person + online
Thanks a Bunch! Letter Writing as Reflective Practice
Using the genre of the letter to reflect on your own experience. Write letters to classmates/friends or to instructors/family members who helped you. Mark the moment that changed everything. ++ typewriters! Bonus content: how to ask for reference letters.

Come to the Writing Centre or register here for online access.

You can attend one or any of all of the sessions.

Questions? Email: writingcentre@ecuad.ca

12 – 1PM PT

Campus and online

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.

TO JOIN US:

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

Online

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.

FEATURING:

Photo courtesy: Sachiko

Jan. 18, 2022 at 6:30PM PT with Sachiko Murakami
Register for this event

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 assisted by Tenaya Fogelman.

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 onedge@ecuad.ca

 

January to March 2022

Online

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

Online

Upcoming events

See full calendar

Friday, Mar 11

Monday, Mar 14

11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Critique Across Disciplines Workshop with Felicia Rose Chavez
More information here.
 

Tuesday, Mar 15

Thursday, Mar 17

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
 

Friday, Mar 18

Monday, Mar 21

Tuesday, Mar 22

Thursday, Mar 24

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
 

Friday, Mar 25

Monday, Mar 28

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The 'Anti-Racist Writing Workshop' Reading Group
More information here.
 

Tuesday, Mar 29

Thursday, Mar 31

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
 

Friday, Apr 1

Monday, Apr 4

10:00 am to 11:00 am
The 'Anti-Racist Writing Workshop' Reading Group
More information here.
 

Tuesday, Apr 5

Thursday, Apr 7

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
 

Friday, Apr 8

Monday, Apr 11

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Reading + Talk Back Session with Felicia Rose Chavez:
More information here.
 

Tuesday, Apr 12

Thursday, Apr 14

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
 

Friday, Apr 15

Deadline for Pandemic Stories Zine Publication
Click here for more information.
 

Tuesday, Apr 19

Wednesday, Apr 20

Thursday, Apr 21

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
 

Friday, Apr 22

Monday, May 16

Tuesday, May 17

Friday, May 20

Tuesday, May 24

Friday, May 27

Monday, May 30

Tuesday, May 31

Friday, Jun 3

Monday, Jun 6

Tuesday, Jun 7

Friday, Jun 10

Monday, Jun 13

Tuesday, Jun 14

Friday, Jun 17

Monday, Jun 20

Tuesday, Jun 21

Friday, Jun 24

Monday, Jun 27

Monday, Jul 4

Tuesday, Jul 5

Friday, Jul 8

Monday, Jul 11

Tuesday, Jul 12

Friday, Jul 15

Monday, Jul 18

Friday, Jul 22

Monday, Jul 25

Tuesday, Jul 26

Friday, Jul 29

Monday, Aug 1

Tuesday, Aug 2

Friday, Aug 5

Monday, Aug 8

Tuesday, Aug 9

Friday, Aug 12

Monday, Aug 15

Tuesday, Aug 16

Friday, Aug 19

Monday, Aug 22

Tuesday, Aug 23

Friday, Aug 26

Monday, Aug 29

Tuesday, Aug 30

Friday, Sep 2

Monday, Sep 5

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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!