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CRAFTernoons + Conversation

Hang out with us!

Join us for this casual gathering every Thursday from 4-5PM and make friends, create art and crafts, and enjoy refreshments! In-person only.

  • What: A club for students who love to get together, chat and make crafts
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Biweekly, Thursdays from 4-5PM (next sessions: Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1)
  • Where: Come to the Writing Centre in the Library

4-5PM, biweekly on Thursdays


On Edge Reading Series FALL 2022

Open to ECU and the public

The Writing Centre presents the On Edge Reading Series FALL 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 open to the public. ASL interpretation is provided.

Readings are either only on Zoom or hybrid (in-person and online). If you wish to attend online, please register below and you will receive the room link.


bailey macabre + Whess Harman
October 11th, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Hybrid event: C1245 (Artist Book Room, Library) + Online (Zoom)

Photos: bailey + Whess

bailey macabre is an agender Cree, Métis and Ukrainian artist and writer who is passionate about bright colours, Indigenous sovereignty, and identity; these themes are often at play within their works. bailey has experience working in a variety of mediums and dabbles in everything from sculpture and beadwork, illustration, zines and comic arts, to painting and sewing. they currently reside on the territory of the Snuneymuxw people.

Whess Harman is Carrier Wit’at, a nation amalgamated by the federal government under the Lake Babine Nation. They graduated from the Emily Carr University BFA program in 2014 and are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh as the curator at grunt gallery.

Their multidisciplinary practice includes beading, illustration, text, poetry and curation. As a mixed-race, trans artist they work to find their way through a tasty plethora of a reasonably managed attention deficit disorder, colonial bullshit and queer melancholy. To the best of their patience, they do this with humour and a carefully mediated cynicism that the galleries go hog wild for.
Twitter: @ndn_bebop


Photo: Rebecca Salazar

Rebecca Salazar
November 1st, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Online event: Zoom registration

Rebecca Salazar (she/they) is a writer, editor, and community organizer living on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik. Salazar is the author of two chapbooks, and her first full-length collection sulphurtongue (McClelland & Stewart), an urgent, powerful examination of place and the ways in which all kinds of identities exist and collide, was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Menmorial Award, and shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award.

Photo: Joy Gyamfi

David Ly
November 8th, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Hybrid event: C1245 (Artist Book Room, Library) + Online (Zoom)

David Ly is the author of Mythical Man (2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award, and Dream of Me as Water (2022), both published under the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press. He is also co-editor (with Daniel Zomparelli) of Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022). David’s poems have appeared in publications such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry, PRISM International, and The Puritan, where he won the inaugural Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence. David is the Poetry Editor at This Magazine.

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, writers who are also artists, 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 thumbnail 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


October + November 2022

Hybrid, Online

WTF: What the Forum?!

Moodle forum post workshop

Need help getting started on Moodle forum posts? Come to this in-person workshop during lunch on Thursday, Sept 29, 2022 in the Writing Centre office!

Email us at if you have any questions.

Graphics from

11:30 – 12:30 on Thursday, Sept 29, 2022



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.)

Wordsmiths will be held HYBRID (drop by if you are on campus or join online!) and is facilitated by tutor Elijah.


Drop by if you’re on campus or join online: 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: Fridays from 4:30-6PM PT. *Fall sessions start September 23, 2022*
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room or in-person on campus (in the Writing Centre in the Library)

Wordsmiths art by Elijah B.

4:30PM every Friday

In-Person + Online

Design Writing Group

Yes, Designers Write Too.

Confused about what goes into a designer’s portfolio? Excited to get to know your fellow design enthusiasts? The design writing group is the group for you!A weekly gathering space where any students passionate about design can get together with their peers to discuss any and all aspects of design writing. Our main focus will be on portfolio related writing, by targeting a different aspect of your portfolio each session. You could have the first draft of your portfolio complete by the end of the semester! It is a casual, low pressure space to ask questions, share work, give and receive feedback, and experiment with different writing strategies that will help enhance your design practice.

  • Who: Any students passionate about design.
  • What: Casual weekly gathering to share and discuss all forms of design writing
  • When: Tuesdays from 11:30 to 12:30
  • Where: In person in room B3155 or online through Zoom. Please pre-register here for either!


Please e-mail if you have any questions.


In Person and Online

Letterwriting Collective

Bringing back snail mail

We may say letter writing but we’re up to so much more! Join us for chats with fellow letter writing enthusiasts, pen pal writing, mail-related art and design projects, and field trips, among other things!


This group is hybrid. Join us in the Writing Centre in the Library, or join online: 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: Thursdays from 11:30 – 12:30PM PT (starts Sept 22)
  • Where: In person in the Writing Centre or in a Zoom room. Occasional field trips may be involved.

Letterwriting illustration by LWC member Ryuvine


Thursdays, 11:30 – 12:30PM PT

In-Person + 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.


Please e-mail if you have any questions.
Image: KaboomPics /

10 – 11:30AM PT every Friday



One week summer intensive writing course

Introducing WRITE CLUB: a free one week summer intensive writing course for all ECUAD students!


This course is asynchronous and completely online. From August 29th to September 2, 2022, write on an art/design subject of your choice (for an hour a day, anytime you like!) and receive valuable feedback on your work.


Why take this course?
– You get to pick your own art/design topic.
– Flexible timing.
– Take the course from home or wherever you are.
– Get a head start on improving your writing before the term starts.
– Get personalized feedback from a Writing Instructor/Tutor on your ideas, style, vocabulary, and organization.
– Become more familiar with writing your ideas for an academic reader.
REGISTER through
1. Use your ECU webmail username (only first part – no and password
2. Select “Write Club” in the schedule options when logging in
3. Click on the white box to book the week
(Registration is limited to 8 students.)

August 29 – September 2, 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 (NO SESSION DURING READING WEEK 2022)
  • Where: Online in a Zoom room


11:30AM – 12:30PM PT every Thursday


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:

12 – 1PM PT

Campus and online

Upcoming events

See full calendar

Wednesday, Sep 8

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

Tuesday, Sep 14

Wednesday, Sep 15

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

Tuesday, Sep 21

Wednesday, Sep 22

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!