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ECUAD International and ELL Students Welcome Gathering

Hang out and meet new people!

We are hosting a welcoming event for ECU international and ELL students:

Come by the Writing Centre between 4:40 – 6PM on Friday, Nov 3, and hang out, meet new people or draw a bit and enjoy some snacks! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Email if you have any questions.

4:40 – 6PM on Friday, November 3, 2023

Writing Centre in the Library

On Edge Reading Series Fall 2023

Showcasing the work of writers who are doing the freshest, most interesting, and relevant work

The On Edge Reading 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.

On Edge programming serves to enrich literary and writing communities both inside and outside of the Emily Carr University Community. 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.

All readings are FREE and open to the public. ASL interpretation is provided for all readings.

On Edge is organized and hosted by Mercedes Eng and assisted by Tenaya. Logo and posters by Sandy.

On Edge on social media: Follow On Edge on Instagram to stay up to date.
For any other inquiries: Please email


The FALL 2023 SEASON features:

Molly Cross-Blanchard
Wednesday, Sept 27 at 6:30 pm PT
HYBRID session: attend in-person in the Artist Book Room (ECU Library) OR by Zoom

Molly Cross-Blanchare is a white and Métis writer, editor, and educator born on Treaty 3 (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 (Prince Albert, SK), and currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, colonially known as Vancouver. She is the former poetry editor of PRISM international, the former publisher of Room, and currently teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In service to the writing community, Molly serves as the Indigenous Advocate for the National Council of TWUC, sits on the Board of Directors at Asparagus Magazine, and consults on the Equity Advisory Committee at the BC Arts Council. Her debut collection of poetry is Exhibitionist (Coach House 2021).

Jody Chan
Tuesday, Oct 17 at 6:30 pm PT
ONLINE session: Zoom registration

Jody Chan is a writer, drummer, community organizer, and care worker based in Toronto/Tkaronto. They are the author of sick (Black Lawrence Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Trillium Award for Poetry. Jody is also a performing and teaching member with RAW Taiko Drummers, and they can be found online at

Steffi Tad-y
Tuesday, Nov 7 at 6:30 pm PT
ONLINE session: Zoom Registration

Born and raised in Manila, Steffi Tad-y is a poet & writer based in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, & Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Her chapbook of poems Merienda published by Rahila’s Ghost Press was nominated for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In 2022, she published her debut book of poetry From the Shoreline with Gordon Hill Press. Steffi’s poems often reflect on kinship, diasporic geographies, & formations of the mind.

Mackenzie Ground
Tuesday, Nov 28 at 6:30 pm PT
HYBRID session: attend in-person in the Artist Book Room (ECU Library) OR by Zoom

Mackenzie Ground is a nehiyawiskwew from Enoch maskekosihk Cree Nation and Edmonton amiskwacîwâskahikan, Alberta. She is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of English. She is a writer and a language learner of nehiyawewin (the Plains Cree language), and her work considers the relationships of identity and place, to the land and to cities, and to the more-than-human beings who live there. Her writing has appeared in The Capilano Review, The Denver Quarterly, and C Magazine among others. She is thankful for the support of her friends.

Sept – Nov 2023

Hybrid + Online

Wordsmiths Creative Writing Club

Creative writers unite!

Come write, share work such as poetry and fiction, read and chat in this fun and casual weekly group! All levels of writers are welcome.


  • What: A club for creative writers–experienced or aspiring
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:30PM
  • Where: In-person in the Writing Centre (Library)

No need to register. Just drop by!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Wordsmiths art from Anoushka and Fatima

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30PM


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.

    • What: Weekly writing group
    • Who: ECUAD faculty and staff
    • When: Fridays (Fall term sessions starts Sept 15, 2023), 10 – 11:30AM PT
    • Where: Register for the Zoom link here 

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

10 – 11:30AM PT every Friday


Letter Writing Club

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 year, there are plans to partner with other schools for a penpal system! Join us to potentially exchange letters with students from outside ECU!


  • What: A club for letter writers from all backgrounds
  • Who: All students, regardless of experience.
  • When: Every other Wednesday from 11:30 – 12:30
  • Where: HYBRID – In person in the Writing Centre and through Zoom (please register here for the room).

**NEW** LWC is on DISCORD! Join the Discord server!

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Letterwriting illustration by Cherry


Every other Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:30

Hybrid (in-person + online)

Design Writing Group

Yes, Designers Write Too.

Do you have questions about your design projects? Do you want to get to know your fellow design students? The design writing group is the group for you!

The design writing group is a weekly meeting space for design students from any year level to discuss design topics, user test projects, and receive peer feedback. Resources and handouts are available to support all design writing assignments and research.

Feel free to bring in any of your design assignments or projects at any stage to work on in a casual group setting.

We meet in the cozy, lamp-lit Writing Centre Lounge, with tea and snacks provided.

  • Who: Any students passionate about design.
  • What: Weekly gathering to work on design projects
  • When: Every Thursday (starting Sept 21, 2023), 3:30 – 4:30PM
  • Where: Writing Centre Lounge (Located at the front of the library)

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Every Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30PM

In Person

Upcoming events

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Friday, Jan 27

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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!