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ECU Writing Centre Reading Series: Skim, Dive, Surface

Reading and discussion series

How does digital reading shape the way and what we learn?

Join us for this series where we will read the book Skim, Dive, Surface by Dr. Jenae Cohn and meet online to discuss these questions.


“Smartphones, laptops, tablets: college students are reading on-screen all the time, and digital devices shape students’ understanding of and experiences with reading. In higher education, however, teachers rarely consider how digital reading experiences may have an impact on learning abilities, unless they’re lamenting students’ attention spans or the distractions available to students when they’re learning online.

Skim, Dive, Surface offers a corrective to these conversations—an invitation to focus not on losses to student learning but on the spectrum of affordances available within digital learning environments. It is designed to help college instructors across the curriculum teach digital reading in their classes, whether they teach face-to-face, fully online, or somewhere in between.”

[From: West Virginia University Press]

For more information on Dr. Cohn’s work, please visit

Session Meetings:
Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Mar 1, 2023 (no session reading break)
11:30am – 1pm PST

Register to attend on Zoom

Dr. Cohn will attend on sessions Feb 1 and March 1.

Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Mar 1, 2023


On Edge Reading Series SPRING 2023

Open to ECU and the public

The Writing Centre presents the On Edge Reading Series SPRING 2023, which seeks to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University community.

All events are FREE and open to the public. ASL interpretation is provided.

Readings this season are ONLINE. If you wish to attend, please register below and you will receive the room link.


Manahil Bandukwala
Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 at 6:30 pm PT
Online event: Zoom registration

Manahil Bandukwala is a writer and visual artist originally from Pakistan and now settled in Canada. She works as Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, and is Digital Content Editor for Canthius. She is a member of Ottawa-based collaborative writing group VII. Her debut poetry collection is MONUMENT (Brick Books). See her work at



Adam Pottle
Monday, February 6th, at 6:30 pm PT
Online event: Zoom registration

Adam Pottle is a Deaf author whose writing spans multiple genres. His works include the novella The Bus, the memoir Voice, and the groundbreaking Deaf musical The Black Drum. His work has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including Saskatchewan Book Awards, the ReLit Award, and the National Magazine Award. In the 2021-22 academic year, he served Sheridan College as writer in residence, and in 2022 he was a Warner Bros. Discovery Access screenwriting fellow. His prairie gothic horror novel Apparitions will appear in Fall 2023, and his children’s story Butterfly on the Wind will be released in Spring 2024. He lives in Saskatoon, where he teaches English and creative writing.

Photo Credit: Tenille K Campbell of Sweetmoon Photography


Alessandra Naccarato
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6:30 pm PT
Online event: Zoom registration

Alessandra Naccarato is the author of Imminent Domains: Reckoning with the Anthropocene (Essays) and Re-Origin of Species (Poems). Born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto), her poetry and essays explore intersections of disability and ecological change, and have appeared widely in publications such as The New Quarterly, Room Magazine, and Event. She is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and the CBC Poetry Prize, and holds graduate degrees in both creative writing and community economic development, supporting two decades of work in grassroots social change, community arts, and the prevention of gender-based violence. Her debut poetry collection, Re-Origin of Species, was awarded the AICW Bressani Literary Prize for Poetry, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and named a Best Book of 2019 by CBC Books.

Photo credit: Simon Beckmann of JOYA


Joshua Whitehead
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 6:30 pm PT
Online event: Zoom registration

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer, Jonny Appleseed, and Making Love with the Land. He is also the editor of Love after the End: an Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction and has a chapbook, Indigiqueerness: a Conversation on Storytelling to be published in 2023 with AU Press alongside Angie Abdou. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary where he is housed in the departments of English and International Indigenous Studies.

Photo Credit: Tenille K Campbell of Sweetmoon Photography

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

For any other inquiries:

Please e-mail


January + February 2023



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 in Spring 2023 will be held in person on campus and is facilitated by tutors Elijah and Aretha.


  • What: A club for creative writers–experienced or aspiring
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: *Now on Tuesdays for SPRING 2023*  Tuesdays, 4:30-6PM (starts January 17)
  • Where: In-person in the ECU Library


No need to register. Just drop by!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Wordsmiths art by Elijah B.

4:30-6PM, Tuesdays


Design Writing Group

Yes, Designers Write Too.

Confused about how to start your case study? Unsure of how to approach your critical response? Wanna hang out with your fellow design enthusiasts? The Design Writing Group is the group for you!

A casual study hall where any students passionate about design can get together with their peers to discuss any and all aspects of design writing. Bring in any of your design assignments or projects to work on and get feedback from peers.

Bring a snack, writing utensils, and get excited to explore 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 3:30 – 4:30PM (SPRING 2023)
  • Where: In person in the Writing Centre

*NEW* Join the DWG Discord server!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Tuesdays, 4-5PM

In Person

Letter Writing Club

Bringing back snail mail

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 online, and we meet every other Tuesday during the lunch hour: 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: *Now on Tuesdays for SPRING 2023*: Biweekly, Tuesdays from 11:30 – 12:30PM PT. Starts January 17th, 2023.
    Where: Online Zoom room. Occasional in-person activities and field trips may be involved.

Letterwriting illustration by LWC member Ryuvine


Biweekly, Thursdays, 11:30 – 12:30PM PT


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


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

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


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


Upcoming events

See full calendar

Monday, Jan 31

Tuesday, Feb 1

Thursday, Feb 3

Friday, Feb 4

Monday, Feb 7

Tuesday, Feb 8

Thursday, Feb 10

Friday, Feb 11

Monday, Feb 14

Tuesday, Feb 15

Thursday, Feb 17

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus

Friday, Feb 18

Tuesday, Feb 22

Thursday, Feb 24

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus

Friday, Feb 25

Monday, Feb 28

Tuesday, Mar 1

Thursday, Mar 3

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus

Friday, Mar 4

Monday, Mar 7

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

Tuesday, Mar 8

Thursday, Mar 10

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop-ins on campus
See full calendar

MORE TO COME! We are working on some fun events this coming year. Please stay tuned through our social media accounts for any announcements!