Groups & Events

On Edge Reading Series FALL 2021

Open to ECU and the public

The Writing Centre presents the On Edge Reading Series FALL 2021, which seeks to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University community.

Featuring:

SEPT 21* with Dallas Hunt

OCT 5* with Leah Horlick

OCT 26** with Chantal Gibson

NOV 16** with Jas Morgan

* In-person event at Rennie Hall in Emily Carr University (livestream will be available)

** Online event only

Organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and Vance Wright.

All readings are on a Tuesday, start at 6pm PST and offer ASL interpretation

Everyone is welcome!

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):

How to join:

E-mail onedge@ecuad.ca directly for the Zoom links and if you have any questions.

 

September to November 2021

In-person and online

Wordsmiths Online

Creative writers unite!

Wordsmiths Online is back September 15th and will run every WEDNESDAY in the Fall.

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!

Enter your ECUAD email below to have the meeting link sent straight to your inbox!

    Or you can e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca directly for the link and if you have any questions.

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

    4:30 – 6PM PST every Wednesday

    Online

    Daily Writing Challenge (August 2021)

    Join our daily writing challenge with word prompts!

    The Daily Writing Challenge is BACK for the month of August!

    Want to develop a regular writing practice, but need the motivation and encouragement to start?

    Starting Tuesday, August 3rd, join the month-long Writing Challenge and receive support along the way! There will be a different writing prompt each day to inspire you, and we will host optional weekly video meetings to chat and share our successes and stumbling blocks.

    Meetings are 12-1pm PT on Fridays, starting August 6th.

    (Current Challengers, if you want to continue, simply access the same chart link!)

    The Challenge is facilitated by WC tutors Vee and Tao.

    For any questions and to join, please e-mail us at writingcentre@ecuad.ca with the subject “Writing Challenge”!⁠

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    August 2021

    Online

    Daily Writing Challenge (June 2021)

    Join our daily writing challenge with word prompts!

    Want to develop a regular writing practice, but need the motivation and encouragement to start? Join the June Writing Challenge and receive support along the way!⁠

    We will host optional weekly video meetings every Friday in June from 12 – 1PM PT (starts June 4) to chat and share our successes and stumbling blocks.⁠

    NOW WITH OUR VERY OWN DAILY WORD PROMPTS!!! (NEW! NEVER BEFORE SEEN!)

    The Challenge is facilitated by WC tutors Vee and Tao.

    For any questions and to join, please e-mail us at writingcentre@ecuad.ca with the subject “Writing Challenge”!⁠

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    June 2021

    Online

    Daily Writing Challenge (July 2021)

    Join our daily writing challenge with word prompts!

    DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, the Daily Writing Challenge is BACK for the month of July!

    Want to develop a regular writing practice, but need the motivation and encouragement to start?

    Starting Monday, July 5th, join the month-long Writing Challenge and receive support along the way! There will be a different writing prompt each day to inspire you, and we will host optional weekly video meetings to chat and share our successes and stumbling blocks.

    Meetings are 12-1pm PT on Fridays, starting July 9th.

    (Current Challengers, if you want to continue, simply access the same chart link!)

    The Challenge is facilitated by WC tutors Vee and Tao.

    For any questions and to join, please e-mail us at writingcentre@ecuad.ca with the subject “Writing Challenge”!⁠

    Mountain graphic: vecteezy.com

    July 2021

    Online

    On Edge Reading Series SPRING 2021

    Open to ECU and the public

    The Writing Centre presents the On Edge Reading Series 2021, which seeks to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University community.

    The 2021 season will highlight the work of BIPOC writers and marginalized writing communities such as those involved in sex work, and those at the intersections of race, mental illness, disability, and queerness. We will showcase nine poets who are doing the freshest, most interesting, relevant work, and who are volunteers, literary award winners, social justice organizers, prison abolitionists, literary organizers, dancers, managing editors, filmmakers, creative writing instructors, and scholars.

    Featuring:

    JAN 18 – Cecily Nicholson, Hari Alluri + Junie Désil
    FEB 9 – Amber Dawn + Justin Ducharme
    MAR 2 – Brandi Bird, Emily Riddle + Jessica Johns
    MAR 18 – jaye simpson
    MAR 25 – Billy-Ray Belcourt

    For more information on each reading, including biographies of the writers, please visit our Facebook Page.

    Curated and hosted by Mercedes Eng, and co-hosted by Vance Wright.

    All readings start at 6pm PST and are open to the public.

    This season’s poster (click to enlarge):

    How to join:

    Enter your ECUAD email below to have the meeting link sent straight to your inbox!

      Or you can e-mail onedge@ecuad.ca directly for the link and if you have any questions.

       

      January – March 2021

      Online

      Foundation Writing Group

      Theme: Multilingualism

      Foundation Writing Group is on break for Summer 2021. Please stay tuned for more information on group sessions during Fall 2021.

      The Foundation Writing Group theme this year is:

      Multilingualism:
      Untangle your confusion about academic writing – Harmonizing your multilingual voices in writing

      Was writing your Midterm essay a tiring, frustrating, and confusing process?

      Are you trying to grasp what everybody in art school means when they say “writing goes hand in hand with artmaking?”

      Didn’t you apply to art school so that you could, well, make art? But instead you’re just writing about art?

      If you answer YES to any of these questions, you’re not alone!

      We are happy to invite you to the annual Foundation Writing Group with the theme Multilingualism to better understand and practice Foundation year writing alongside other Foundation students.

      Whatever language you speak, we know that it’s never easy to speak up when you’re in a new place alone. You might need some help to navigate this new online academic environment.

      Hosted by Thu, a multilingual peer tutor at the Writing Centre, this group is where you can raise questions you’re too afraid to ask in class, answer other people’s questions, or simply just to check in with other Foundation students about their writing process.

      Thu is a peer tutor who has worked with plenty of multilingual and international Foundation students on various genres, from the Formal Analysis to the Exhibition Review. She was editorial staff on the first Foundation Anthology and provided mentorship for the 2020 edition.

      Come in with questions, drafts, plans, ambitions, and humour!

      Enter your ECUAD email below to have the meeting link sent straight to your inbox!

        Or you can e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca directly for the link and if you have any questions.

        • What: A group for Foundation students to practice and connect over writing, particularly (but not limited to) multilingual students
        • Who: All Foundation students, regardless of experience.
        • When: Thursdays, 11:30 – 12:30PM PST during Spring 2021 term
        • Where: Online in a Zoom room

         

        11:30AM – 12:30PM PST every Thursday

        Online

        Letter Writing Club

        Bringing back snail mail

        Letter Writing Club is on break for Summer 2021. Please stay tuned for more information on group sessions during Fall 2021.

        We may say letter writing but we’re up to so much more! Pop into our Zoom room on Fridays between 4-5PM PST 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!

        Enter your ECUAD email below to have the meeting link sent straight to your inbox!

          Or you can e-mail writingcentre@ecuad.ca directly for the link and if you have any questions.

          • What: A club for letter writers from all backgrounds
          • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
          • When: Fridays, 4-5PM PST during Spring 2021 term
          • Where: Online in a Zoom room

           

          4 – 5PM PST every Friday

          Online

          Grad Writing Group (Drop-in)

          for graduate students

          4 – 6PM PST every Monday during Spring 2021

          Online

          Building Off Blocks Writing Workshops

          Runs January + February 2021

          In this three part series, Emily Carr University student and Writing Centre consultant, Jourdan Tymkow, will be leading writers through a collaborative series of exercises and discussions while utilizing Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s newest novel, Noopiming, as a container to think and feel through the following:

          SESSION 1: JANUARY 25, 3:30PM PST

          Befriend Writing Blocks:

          In the first session we will start by getting comfortable with the group and then introducing writing blocks as intelligent entities that are separate from us, yet live within us and often leave us creatively stuck. This session concludes with practices to be in relationship with our blocks as a way to navigate “stuckness”.

          SESSION 2: FEBRUARY 8, 3:30PM PST

          Being Writing Blocks:

          In the second session, the focus will be on working through our “stuckness” by embodying our blocks and allowing our bodily wisdom and somatic practices to shift the block into new ways of being that may be more helpful in the creative process(es).

          SESSION 3: FEBRUARY 22, 3:30PM PST

          Beyond Writing Blocks:

          In the final session, we will integrate the emotional and bodily understandings of our personal creative and writing blocks by using exercises that emphasize creative and experimental forms of writing.

          As this is a collaborative writing group, all shared thoughts, ideas, and exercises will (with consent) be available at the end of the series in a finalized document for future experiments and creative practice.

          FACILITATION WILL BE TAKING PLACE FROM THE NEVER SURRENDERED, ANCESTRAL, AND TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES OF THE SQUAMISH, MUSQUEAM, AND TSLEIL-WAUTUTH PEOPLES WITH HUMBLE GRATITUDE.

          All workshops will be hosted on Zoom and will be about 1.5 hours per session.

          Please RSVP through: https://buildingoffblocks.eventbrite.ca
          There will be a 12 person capacity with waitlist available.

          January 25, February 8 and 22 at 3:30PM PST

          Online

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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!