Monday, December 5, 2011

Liar Launch Party

The Liar Magazine will be launching its newest issue at the ever-so-funkilicious Railway club. Readings from 6-8 p.m. Be there!

Railway club
579 Dunsmuir St (@ Seymour)
6-8 p.m.
Monday, 19 Dec 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creative Writing news

Among the exciting news we have in the Creative Writing Associate of Arts Degree Program, is the addition, this January, of English 296: Writing for the Stage. This course, team taught by a playwright (Hiro Kanagawa) and two directors (Dawn Moore and Desmond Price), will see the students draft a short play – which will be, at the end of the semester, performed in a public festival!

In related news, we’re pleased to welcome our new Creative Writing instructor, Hiro Kanagawa (a well known playwright, screenwriter, and actor)!

As an actor, Hiro is perhaps best known as Principal Kwan from Smallville or Cyrus Xander on Caprica (he’s also currently the voice of Mister Fantastic on Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes). Hiro’s latest play, The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, premiered in 2010 at the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and was a Christmas hit. In film and television, Hiro was a story editor on the acclaimed CBC dramas Da Vinci's Inquest, Da Vinci's City Hall, and Intelligence and works for the gritty rez drama Blackstone, airing on Showcase and APTN.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Surrey International Writer's Conference.

Check out the 19th Annual Surrey International Writer's Conference, October 21-23, 2011.

Established in 1993 as a small, school-related event, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference has grown to attract hundreds of enthusiastic, dedicated writers annually. The conference holds a wide appeal to writers of all genres and skill levels, and offers exceptional
opportunities for professional development. We strive to encourage writers of every experiential level to interact with agents, editors, publishers and filmmakers to broaden their understanding of, and presence in, the literary marketplace.

One of the biggest draws for many conference-goers is the chance to meet one-on-one with acquiring editors and agents for brief 10-minute interviews (at no extra charge), during the entire weekend. The weekend is made up of workshops, panels and special events galore; all aimed at helping writers grow. This year more than 70 workshops cover topics as wide ranging as *Social Media Strategies for Writers and Boot Camp For Procrastinators*. A full description of all the workshops is available on our website:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Student Vision Award

The Department of English is offering a new cash award -- and creative pieces are eligible, so polish off your pens and get to work on our current topic: Student debt.

Yeah, resonates, right?

The details are below:

One $500 award to be given annually at the end of the fall semester to a student who writes an outstanding text on a topical student issue.

Fall 2011: The issue is student debt (but isn't that always an issue? but I digress...) You can enter in any genre: Creative nonfiction, short story, poetry, essay. Length: Up to 1000 words
(but no more than 8 pages).

To qualify, you must be registered in an English course at Capilano.

You need to be nominated (but for that to happen, you need to ask your instructor to nominate you).

The English Department reserves the right not to make an award in a given year.

Friday, September 30, 2011

LSBA + CNET Punk Panel

Roger Farr will be hosting the LSBA/CNET Punk Panel before the Oct. 4th showing of Susanne Tabata's 2010 documentary Bloodied But Unbowed at the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. The doc looks at Vancouver's vibrant punk scene in the late 70s and early 80s. The director and local musicians will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. In keeping with the term's theme of "life", the Punk Panel -- Roger Farr, Michael Turner and Jill Bain (aka Jade Blade) -- will provide pre-screening musings on punk and the politics of "everyday life."

Open to all.

Join us in the Lower Cafeteria at 6:30 for light refreshments and conversation. The Punk Panel will begin at 6:45 and wrap at 7:15. The film begins at 7:30. Student tickets: $6.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Writing Poetry: It's a party!

As part of the Writing Centre's Fall 2011 Library Workshops, we will be offering a free poetry workshop:

Thursday 29 September
Library Classroom 119
11:30 - 12:50 p.m.

A one-off poetry bootcamp with Kim Minkus.

Come on out!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Liar meeting

Come on out and get involved in The Liar (our student-run literary journal).

Monday Sept 26, 11:30-1, Fir 424.

The Liar publishes cutting edge new prose, poetry, and art. At this meeting, you can find out ways to get involved (from submitting to designing to editing, etc).

Hope to see you there.

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Creative Writing courses coming spring 2012

We're pleased to announce the addition of two new second year courses -- both to be offered in Spring 2012.

Our new second year Creative Nonfiction course (Engl 293) will be part of the core of our program. This course in Creative Nonfiction, to be taught by Ryan Knighton, will explore contemporary forms of nonfiction and will delve into professional aspects of writing such as "the pitch" and the editing process.

In collaboration with the theatre department, we will also be offering a course in Writing for the Stage. This course, Engl 296, will be an intense workshop in the writing of short plays (team taught by a director and a practicing playwright) and will culminate in a performance of these works before a public audience. Exciting!

Stay tuned for new readings in the Prosetics Series, coming this fall.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Michael Turner @ Prosetics

Please come on out and join us for a free, public reading by Michael Turner, award winning author of 8 x 10, The Pornographer's Poem, and American Whiskey Bar. Michael Turner is a cutting edge writer whose works both inhabit and question the genres he moves through. Whether in film, art criticism, fiction, or poetry, his thorough intelligence is always apparent. Brought to you by the Prosetics reading series, and the English and Creative Writing Department of Capilano University. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
7:00 PM
Cafe for Contemporary Art,
140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver

Michael Turner (b. North Vancouver) is an award-winning writer of fiction, criticism and song. His books include Hard Core Logo, The Pornographer’s Poem and 8x10, and his criticism has appeared in the magazines Art Papers, Art On Paper and Modern Painters. He has written catalogue essays on Julia Feyrer, Fred Herzog and Ken Lum and has contributed to the anthologies Intertidal: Vancouver Art & Artists, Vancouver Art & Economies and Ruins In Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties. A frequent collaborator, Turner has written scripts with Stan Douglas, poems with Geoffrey Farmer and a libretto with Andrea Young. As last year's Simon Fraser University Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence, he curated to show, to give, to make it be there: Expanded Literary Practices in Vancouver, 1954-1969 at SFU Gallery (Burnaby). A new curatorial project, focused on local film production, was included in the current We: Vancouver exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. For the past four years he has sat on the board of Presentation House Gallery.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Creative Writing Info Session

Creative Writing Info Session:
(for current and future creative writing students)

Wednesday April 6th
11:30 a.m.
Library 321

Come on out on April 6th, enjoy some sweet treats and beverages, and get more information about:

the Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing
 current and upcoming offerings in Creative Writing
new second-year Creative Writing courses in the works
 how Creative Writing students might fit into the new Liberal Studies Degree

At the information session, we’ll also be gathering your feedback:
 What courses would you like to see offered in future?
 Which readers would you like to see visit campus?
 Etc.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Renee Rodin @ Prosetics Reading Series

Please join us for a free and public reading by Renee Rodin, author of Subject to Change, a collection whose stories may move with the whimsy of anecdote, but are rich with consequence. Presented by Capilano University's Creative Writing and English Department, and the Prosetics Reading Series.

Reading by Renee Rodin
Weds March 23rd, 2011.
11:30 a.m.
Capilano University, Library Building
Room LB 321
Contact: Anne Stone

Renee Rodin was born and educated in Montreal and has been living in Vancouver since the late '60's. She now divides her time between Vancouver and New York and Vancouver. Her books are Bread and Salt (prose poems), Ready for Freddy (a memoir) and Subject to Change (short stories). Her work is personal, subjective and always inclusive of the outside world. It has been described by Stan Persky as "Funny, relaxed, passionately intelligent, deeply attentive to reality."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Harry Karlinsky Reading @ Prosetics

Please join us for a free and public reading by Harry Karlinsky, author of the novel The Evolution of Inanimate Objects — a Darwinian romp through the genre of faux memoir. Presented by Capilano University's Creative Writing and English Department, and the Prosetics Reading Series.

Reading by Harry Karlinsky
Weds March 9th, 2011.
11:30 a.m.
Capilano University, Library Building
Room LB 321
Contact: Anne Stone

Harry Karlinsky is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and writes film reviews for the Canadian Psychiatric Association publication Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui. For his work on The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, Dr Karlinsky was supported in part by a Hewton Bursary, awarded by the Friends of the Archives at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto. This is his first book length work of fiction.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hiromi Goto Reading at the Cafe for Contemporary Art

Please join us for a free and public reading by Hiromi Goto, author of the novels Half World and A Chorus of Mushrooms. Introduction by Janey Lew. Presented by Capilano University's Creative Writing and English Department, the Prosetics Reading Series, and the Cafe for Contemporary Art.

Reading by Hiromi Goto
Thursday, February 24th, 2011.
Starts: 7 PM
140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver
Contact: Anne Stone

Hiromi Goto is the award-winning author of Chorus of Mushrooms and The Kappa Child. She's also published a collection of short stories, Hopeful Monsters, and a novel for children, The Water of Possibility. Her latest YA novel, Half World, was published by Penguin Canada in 2009, and was awarded the Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Half World was released in 2010 by Viking US and Baam! France and pending publication in Poland. She also published her first book of poetry, Wait Until Late Afternoon, co-written with David Bateman. She currently lives in Burnaby, BC.



The Creative Writing and Theatre (Acting for Stage and Screen) Programs at Capilano University are pleased to bring you the Fifth Annual Presentation of Five Minute Plays, featuring 12 new works by Capilano students, written under the guidance of Vancouver playwright Tom Cone.

February 17th, 3pm
Arbutus 001 (Arbutus Studio)
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, N. Vancouver

February 17th, 7:30 pm
CE 148 (Cedar building)
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, N. Vancouver

February 18th, 5 pm
LB 322 (Library building)
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, N. Vancouver

All performances are free & open to the public.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Aaron Peck Reading

Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
11:30 AM
North Vancouver Campus of Capilano University
Library building, room 321

Please join us for a free & public reading by Aaron Peck.

Aaron Peck is an art critic, teacher, writer living in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of the novel The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis and, in collaboration with artists Adam Harrison and Dominic Osterried, Letters to the Pacific. His fiction has appeared in magazines such as Matrix, The Golden Handcuffs Review, and W. His recent art criticism has appeared in 01 Magazine, akimblog, Art Papers,, Canadian Art, C Magazine and Fillip, as well as an article in La Fábrica's Spanish-language magazine Matador. He has also contributed to numerous exhibition catalogs. He currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Contact: Anne Stone Email/Phone: / 604.986.1911 ext 2425

Monday, January 24, 2011

Prosetic Reading Series (Spring '11)

Upcoming Prosetic Reading Series (held on and off campus):

Presented by Capilano University Creative Writing and English
All events free & open to the public

Aaron Peck
February 9th
11:30 a.m.
Capilano University
Library 321
North Vancouver

Hiromi Goto
February 24th
7 p.m.
Cafe for Contemporary Art
140 East Esplanade
North Vancouver

Harry Karlinsky
March 9th
11:30 a.m.
Capilano University
Library 321
North Vancouver

Renee Rodin
March 23rd
11:30 a.m.
Capilano University
Library 321
North Vancouver

Michael Turner
March 31st
7 p.m.
Cafe for Contemporary Art
140 East Esplanade
North Vancouver

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Tom Cone: Introductory Lecture

Thursday January 20th, 2011
11:30 to 1 p.m
Cedar 238

During his Writer-in-Residence stay at Capilano University, Tom Cone will form a company of student writers, directors, and actors who will write, direct and perform a series of 5-minute plays. These will be staged in the Arbutus Theatre this spring. Discussions will follow each performance.

On Thursday, January 20th, Tom Cone will present a talk titled "Get Your Goat," an introduction to the 5-minute play project. During this session, interested creative writing students can sign up to be part of this project (first preference will be given to students who haven’t before participated.) To be part of this project, you must attend this talk!

This is a unique opportunity for creative writing students to create and develop a short play with an established playwright, and see that work performed by theatre students live before an audience. Don’t miss it!

About Tom Cone:
Tom Cone is a Vancouver legend: playwright, librettist, lecturer and teacher, impresario, curator and promoter of cultural hybrids, and nurturer of the avant-garde, he is major force behind Vancouver's experimental art, music and theatre scene. Tom Cone's many plays include True Mummy, Love at Last Sight, Herringbone; his adaptations of classic plays include Moliere's The Miser and Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters; his librettos include The Architect for Vancouver Opera and The Gang for Vancouver New Music. He is founder of projects extraordinaires: Songroom -- a salon for new song collaborations, and CABINET, Interdisciplinary Collaborations -- an experimental arts collective