Friday, December 10, 2010
Join editors and contributors from Capilano's student-run writing journal for an evening of poetry, fiction and live film narration. Readings at 6:30. Neo-benshi performances at 7:30.
Monday Dec 13th, 6:30 pm
The Railway Club
579 Dunsmuir Street (upstairs)
Info: theliarcollective AT gmail DOT com
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sponsored by the English Dept. and the Creative Writing Program at Capilano University
The 2010 OPEN TEXT series at Capilano University continues on Thursday November 25th, with readings by Press Release Poetry Collective members Mercedes Eng and Cecily Nicholson.
11:30 am, Library 188
2055 Purcell Way
MERCEDES ENG is a graduate student at SFU, a member of the Press Release poetry collective, and a member of the Rocit Press poetry and publishing collective. Her first chapbook, February 2010, is a poem set in the context of the Vancouver Olympics and is a thinking through and responding to the media, advertising, censorship, art, nationalism, diversity of tactics, and issues of First Nations land rights. Her second chapbook, knuckle sandwich, uses documentary poetics to explore the language and discourse attending state violence against racialized women. Her current creative project considers sex-work in the Downtown Eastside, using non-standard English to explicate and to resist the ways in which victimhood is constructed.
CECILY NICHOLSON has worked with women of the downtown eastside community of Vancouver for the past ten years and is currently the Coordinator of Funds with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. She has collaborated most recently as a member of the VIVO Media Arts collective, the Press Release poetry collective and the No One is Illegal, Vancouver collective. Triage, a book of poetry, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2011.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
These sections of English 100 are required for those in the first-year of the Creative Writing Program. Our main concern will be to experiment with the “artistic proofs” of classical rhetoric: ethos (credibility), logos (reason), and pathos (feeling). This we will do by working with a range of persuasive modes and genres, including the manifesto, the personal essay, and the research essay. MLA style and documentation will be taught. Grammar and other mechanical issues will be tackled individually and in revising workshops. From time to time we will also pause to consider those other, more philosophical issues with which writers in universities often struggle, issues such as language and power, rules and rule-breaking, time and space (i.e. “deadlines”), photocopiers, Translink, and, of course, gratuitous use of gerundive modifying phrases. By December, you will have accumulated a generous portfolio of writing of which you will feel proud, and which may or may not impress your family and friends.
• Hacker, Diana. The Canadian Writer’s Reference Guide. Any edition.
• Pakasaar, Helga, and Jenny Penberthy, eds., “Moodyville,” spec. iss. of The Capilano Review. 3.8 (2009).
• Other readings available in-class and/or on-line.
English 190-01 - Creative Writing I - Reg Johanson
This course introduces students to fiction and poetry through reading and writing in both forms. Students learn to become critical of their own work and that of others. Students write a variety of assignments intended to open up the horizon of their writing to innovation and experimentation. Students also attend the Open Text reading series. English 190 is a required course for the Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. Students who take this course may also be interested in Academic Writing Strategies- Creative Writing Seminar, also a required course for the Degree program students.
• Jerome Stern, ed. Microfictions. (1996)
English 190-02 - Creative Writing I - Kim Minkus
In this course we will experiment with writing forms in order to push and extend our relationship with language. There will be in-class writing experiments, impromptu story generating, readings, performances and discussions. We will look at a variety of genres with a focus on the experimental including young adult fiction, fiction, poetry and criticism. Reading is a must for this course. The best writers are the best readers. Be prepared to do both. A variety of workshop methods will also be employed so that we can, as a group, engage effectively with each other’s writing.
English 191-01 - Creative Writing II - Crystal Hurdle
When is a poem really a story? When should you leave a draft alone? Through in-class writing, weekly homework assignments, and personal projects, you will write up a storm in a number of genres. You’ll be introduced to professional writers, from Lorna Crozier to bp Nichol, from Thomas King to Gabriel Garcia Márquez, to visiting writers at the Open Text and Kinder Text Reading Series, as well as to the work of your colleagues, in aid of developing your style, articulating your voice.
• Gary Geddes, ed. 20th-Century Poetry & Poetics
• Gary Geddes, ed. The Art of Short Fiction
• And assorted recommended texts to kick-start your imagination
English 225-01 - Directed Internship – English - Roger Farr
Open to students who are formally registered in Creative Writing, CultureNet or the English Concentration, ENGLISH 225 provides 75 hours of directed study experience in the “creative industries” – especially those fields associated with the production, promotion, delivery and/or study of print and literary culture. Students put existing critical, editorial, and writing skills into practice while interning with local publishers, magazines, journals, cultural organizations, and media outlets. Limited to 10 students per term. Information about the application procedure is available on the English Department website, or by contacting the instructor.
• Readings available from the instructor.
English 291-01 - Creative Writing: Narrative Fiction - Roger Farr
English 291 is an intensive course in the writing of narrative prose and scripts. We begin with a series of experiments revolving around the so-called “elements of fiction”: dialogue, character, plot, setting, style, etc. We then reconsider these elements in the light of a number of contemporary practices, including appropriation, ekphrasis, minimalism, and "docu-fiction". In all cases, risk will be encouraged, possibly at the expense of greatness. Several guest writers will join us to talk about their work. We will also attend some readings and performances, including a festival of “neo-benshi” (google it), which will draw on work produced in our class. By December, you will have accumulated a generous portfolio of writing of which you will feel proud, and which may or may not impress your family and friends.
• Brown, Andy. I Can See You Being Invisible. Montreal, DC, 2003.
• Burnham, Clint. Smoke Show. Vancouver: Arsenal, 2007.
• Turner, Michael. 8 x 10. Toronto: Doubleday, 2009.
• West Coast Line. Special issue on fiction.
• Other material available from the instructor.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Capilano University Editions launches Soma Feldmar’s Other
TCR launches 3.11 the "Poet’s Theatre" issue, guest edited by Brook Houglum, with performances by Christine Leclerc and The Institute for Domestic Research (Catriona Strang, Christine Stewart, Jacqueline Leggatt)
Readings by Christian Bok and Lisa Robertson
Tickets: $9 + s/c
Available online at http://www.thecultch.com/
or by phone at 604.251.1363.
For info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Spring 2010 Liar Magazine Launch Party will take place on Thursday, April 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Railway Club in downtown Vancouver. Hosted by Memewar Arts and Publishing Society, the evening will include readings by contributors to the new issue, members of The Liar Collective, and special guest poet George Stanley.
This new issue of the Liar includes poetry, prose, and micro-fiction by current Cap students. We hope you will join us and show your support for Capilano's student writers!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
& the Creative Writing Program at Capilano University
The Spring 2010 OPEN TEXT series at Capilano University continues on Thursday, March 25th with a reading by Toronto poet and collage artist Camille Martin:
CE 148 @ 11:30
2055 Purcell Way
Camille Martin is the author of Sonnets (Shearsman, 2010) and Codes of Public Sleep (Toronto: BookThug, 2007), in addition to several earlier chapbooks. Her work has been widely published in journals in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She has received numerous grants to further her writing, most recently from the Ontario Arts Council for work on a long poem based on her Acadian/Cajun heritage. She earned an MFA in Poetry at the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University. Currently she teaches writing and literature at Ryerson University.
plotting unawares the direction of impulse
(which is to say, not plotting at all).
on the verge of pronouncing a shabby
but proud apostrophe. exploiting
bogus entropy to veer off the path wholly
engaged in blended lies and woven
tales. freebasing fiction, hard up
as a blindfolded gambler. desiring
against all the evidence to be duped again
by blinkering syllables as plain as
a bunch of sunflowers peering
through village fog. declaiming a reckless
arabesque to patch up severed
nerve endings with dumb surds.
-- from Sonnets
Roger Farr, Creative Writing Convener
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Capilano Review, and the Creative Writing Program at Capilano University
The Spring 2010 OPEN TEXT series at Capilano University begins on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 with a reading by Vancouver poet -- and current TCR Writer in Residence -- George Stanley:
Cedar 148 @ 11:30
2055 Purcell Way
George Stanley was born in San Francisco and moved to Vancouver in the 1970s. He is a former faculty member of the English Department at Capilano University. His books include Gentle Northern Summer (New Star 1995), At Andy's (New Star 2000), his selected poems, A Tall, Serious Girl (Qua Books 2003), and Vancouver: A Poem (New Star 2008). In 2006 Stanley won the Poetry Society of America’s annual Shelley Award.
- Christian Bok
- Camile Martin
- Garry Morse
- Lisa Robertson
Roger Farr, Creative Writing Convener
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Hear George Stanley reading:
- March 18th at 11:30 am
- Cedar 148
George Stanley was born in San Francisco and moved to Vancouver in the 1970s. He is a former faculty member in the English Department at Capilano University. His books include Gentle Northern Summer (New Star 1995), At Andy's (New Star 2000), his selected poems, A Tall, Serious Girl (Qua Books 2003), and Vancouver: A Poem (New Star 2008). In 2006 Stanley won the Poetry Society of America’s annual Shelley Award.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
February 8th - 11th, 7pm
Arbutus 001 (Arbutus Studio)
2055 Purcell Way, N. Vancouver
Free (reservations recommended)
To make a reservation, please call 604-990-7979 before noon on the day you wish to attend.