The Team

The Writing Centre Team for the 2020-21 academic year

Thu

Thu is in her 3rd year at ECU, studying Critical and Cultural Practices. She sees writing as a way  of making sense of the very complex human experience. She takes special interest in and write most extensively about cultural nuances through stories. Fluent in Vietnamese, English, and Korean, she recognizes the fears and issues with writing in English for multilingual students and believes that once they are addressed properly, writing is not as scary as many think it is.

She recommends The Very Hungry Caterpillar for anyone new to writing. One misconception many people have about writing is that it needs to be polished to the nine, when in fact, good writing is comprehensible writing. Children books have found that exact equilibrium between comprehensibility and mystery that many other books cannot. Therefore, she believes all fictions are merely intricate layers of children books.

She also enjoys dogspotting whenever she can, yet has never had the courage to pet one.


Vance

My name is Vance, I was born and raised on the traditional territories of the S’inixt, Syilx/Okanagan and the Ktunaxa people in Nelson, British Columbia. I am from the Dakelh nation, hailing from the Tl’azt’en nation. I am a textile artist interested in embroidery, beadwork and natural dyes, a writer and an organizer. I sit on the board of directors for a small contemporary arts gallery called “Oxygen Art Centre” and help co-ordinate a queer arts festival in Nelson called “Bent on Art.” I have experience in writing grants, academic papers, nonfiction pieces and poetry. I read a lot of books in queer and feminist theory as well as Canadian/Indigenous literature.


Mathew

Mathew (he/him) is a 4th year Visual Arts student, from Toronto, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design before transferring to Emily Carr in 2017.

Mathew began his time at the writing centre tutoring online in 2020. During this time, he also worked with Emily Carr’s Teaching and Learning Centre as an Online Learning Mentor, where he helped students develop learning strategies such as time management and goal setting. Through these experiences, he has developed an understanding of how different students learn and how to help them communicate their ideas.

As a mature student, he understands that learning is a lifelong process and his patient, thoughtful tutoring style can help students develop their writing skills.


Zoë

Zoë is a 4th year student expecting to graduate with her BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr. She is interested in all forms of writing and more so, building confidence in others to succeed and thrive in the world of literature and text, however that may look. She’s Anishnaabe Métis maternally with a father of european descent. Before her time at Emily Carr she worked with her family run non-profit organization for their urban indgenious community in Calgary, AB where she was also born. Zoë takes pride in advocating for her communities and is always delighted to write a concise, polite and effective letter of outrage, as long as it’s for the right cause.

Zoë enjoys reading science fiction and poetry, text as/in art, and graphic novels. She’s also into weird movies, the paranormal, loves to be out in nature and is always cooking up a storm.

Thymian

Thymian (they/them) is a 4th year visual arts student with a a focus on writing, drawing and performance. Through their work they explore themes of the body (often reflecting on their genderqueer body), time, healing, and what it means to embody knowledge. Writing has come to play a central role in their life. It helps them move through the world with gratitude, to move more easily in the direction of healing, and to find places to play. They are a dyslexic writer who sees and celebrates the magic of neuro-divergence.


Soph!

Hi, I’m Soph! I use she/they pronouns, and I’m in my 2nd year! I’m in the 2D animation major, but I grew up as a more interdisciplinary artist, with more of a focus around painting, drawing, and crafting. I’m interested in storyboarding, character design, and background/landscape designs! Funnily enough, I’m not the most hyped about writing. I prefer reading more! When I’m not working on assignments, I’m either: A) reading fanfiction, B) drawing my characters in fancy and silly clothes, C) talking to friends, D) daydreaming, or E) playing some mobile games! And when I’m not doing any of those things, you can catch me around trying to help others, or trying not to fall asleep in random places.

I’m barely conversational in Mandarin, fluent in English and French (though it’s a bit rusty for French – I haven’t followed my streak on Duolingo for a while now so I’m surprised the owl hasn’t haunted me yet), and unfortunately, very familiar with internet English as well.

I have no pets and zero fear on asking others if I can pet their dogs or cats. In fact, if you show me pet pictures (especially cats) it’s a 100% guaranteed way to befriend me. I’m also fond of some marine animals—ask me about sea slugs; I promise I’ll show you some interesting drawings I’ve done.


Mercedes

Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She is the author of Mercenary English, a poem about sex work, violence, and resistance in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and my yt mama, which documents a childhood under white supremacy in Canadian prairies. Her writing has appeared on the sides of the Burrard and Granville Bridges as contributions to public art projects, and in the Lambda-nominated anthology Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry, Jacket 2, Asian American Literary Review, The Abolitionist, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), and Survaillance and M’aidez (Press Release).

Sunny

My name is Sunny and I’m an artist, writer and humble guest living on unceded Coast Salish territories  belonging to the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

My past work includes gallery exhibitions, collaborative animation, community-led arts programming, a recent municipal commission, and eight years of teaching drawing and science courses at ECU. I also spent thirteen years co-managing community bike shops in collective-run spaces, where I learned about using consensus, and facilitating small groups in skill sharing environments.

I have been making artist’s books and zines for over ten years, but I have only thought of myself as a capital w Writer more recently. I am a founder of the Tempe Zine Fest (Phoenix AZ, 2010), contributor to the first Underground Publishers Convention (Phoenix AZ, 2009) and I regularly participate in book fairs in Vancouver. I sat on the board of UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness until recently, and I love participating in different communities as my interests are constantly shifting (aka I’m a bit of a binge learner.) I like to bring a lot of energy to a space and I love when the feeling is mutual.

I am looking forward to developing a community engagement project with the writing centre as one of this year’s Faculty Writing Associates.


Sandy

Sandy has supported the Writing Centre team since Fall 2018. She has a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technology from Alberta College of Art + Design (now Alberta University of the Arts), level 9 RCM piano certification, and used to be in a band many moons ago. Her great pandemic achievements include completing the whole Dark Souls series as well as Sekiro while homeschooling a kid (it was a rough year).

She appreciates the opportunity to work with the many kind and funny people who make up the team each semester, and to watch students be helped and grow in their writing journey.

Bonus Fun Fact: She can solve a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in about two minutes.


Jacqueline

Jacqueline Turner is the author of five books, most recently Flourish (ECW Press, 2019) and a Writing Specialist focusing on Foundation and Grad students. She is the developer of the WRTG curriculum and Co-coordinator of the Writing Centre. Her recent writing-related research investigates the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration. She is a co-researcher in a SSHRC-funded project exploring the potential of critical literacies and pedagogy-as-gift in post-secondary learning environments. She has held writing residencies in Brisbane, Tasmania, Granada, and Berlin. Over the years she was a founding member of filling Station magazine, on the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing, co-curated an early webzine with Meredith Quartermain called The News, and is still part of a group that runs the On Edge Reading Series at Emily Carr.


Sara

Coming soon!


Heather

Bio coming soon!