Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The following list includes events that are sponsored or co-sponsored by Capilano University Creative Writing, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Canada Council for the Arts. All events are free and everyone can attend. 
Danielle LaFrance: Thursday, October 20, 1:00-2:20pm
Capilano U, LB 216
Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and independent scholar. She is the author of Friendly Fire (2016), Species Branding (2013) and the chapbook Pink Slip (2013). Between 2012-2016, she organized the feminist materialist collective and journal series About a Bicycle.
Emily Pohl-Weary: Thursday, November 3, 11:30am-12:50pm
Capilano U, Fir 503
Emily Pohl-Weary's latest book is the poetry collection Ghost Sick (2015). Her previous books include the novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, a Hugo Award-winning biography, a female superhero anthology, and a girl pirate comic. This reading is co-sponsored by Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Pamela Mordecai: Thursday, November 17, 11:30am-12:50pm
Capilano U, Fir 503
Ontario-based Pamela Mordecai grew up in Jamaica, and has written stories, poems, children's literature, textbooks, and novels, including Red Jacket (2015), as well as edited acclaimed anthologies on Caribbean literature. This reading is co-sponsored by Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Writing Workshop with Daniel Will-Harris

Lunch Hour Writing Workshop
with visiting writer Daniel Will-Harris

Thursday, October 6

FIR 503

Come experiment with character and story!
By incorporating techniques well-known to performers, Daniel Will-Harris pares back the writing experience to make it engaging, embodied and fun to do. Instead of focusing on the abstract, structural elements of writing, Daniel asks participants to go straight to the heart of story—the character. In this method, characters can be anything: people, objects or places. The stories that emerge from this work are fluid, expressive and meaningful without being hedged in by formal rules. Writers who have used this technique develop their pieces into stories, scripts for theatre, screenplays, teleplays and web series.

Daniel Will-Harris is a best-selling author, performer, and designer. Performance highlights include roles in three feature films and improvisation with BATS improv group in San Francisco. He has written for stage and screen, short fiction, autobiographical humour, technical papers and editorials. He is also a designer of watches which have been displayed and sold at the MOMA and Guggenheim art museums.

Event sponsored by the English Department at Capilano University.
Image credit: MoMA Store. Watch design: Daniel Will-Harris.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Liar is our undergraduate literary magazine -- you can submit your writing to it, get involved in production and editing, or come out to Liar events. It's a great way to get your work out there and to get to know other writing students on campus!

So, first, the Liar is holding an event Friday night at Our Town (245 E. Broadway, East Vancouver).
Friday, Sept. 16th
8-10 p.m.
Guest reader + open mic (bring a short piece along to read!)

And -- if you're interested in getting involved in the Liar -- there's an upcoming editorial meeting:
Thurs Sept 29th, 11:30 a.m.
Location -- Fir 424

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring 2016 Launch of the Liar

The Liar & the Lai:

Join us for the spring launch of the 2016 issue of The Liar (Capilano University’s student-run literary journal) – featuring novelist Larissa Lai.

Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Our Town Café (245 E Broadway @ Kingsway)
Featuring: An open-mic with readings from contributors & Guest of Honour, novelist Larissa Lai 
Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two books of poetry, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and most recently, a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award, she has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary and directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing there.

The Liar is Capilano University’s independent literary magazine. Since 1987, the zine has been edited, designed, and produced by a rotating group of students. The Liar publishes cutting edge new works in all genres.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dianna Bonder visits CapU

Children's author, Dianna Bonder, visits Capilano University Library:

Tuesday February 23rd, 2:30 p.m.
Library 214

Dianna Bonder has published twelve books for children. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP); the Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia; and the Write-on Speakers Bureau. In 2006, she was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Drawing Masterse of Canada. In 2013, she was CANSCAIP Writer-in-Residence. Her most recent book is A, B, Sea: A Deep Sea Symphony. Polly's Pirate Poems is forthcoming in 2016.

Ivan Coyote visits CapU

Ivan Coyote Author Reading

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Starts: 5:00 PM
Campus: North Vancouver
Location: Bosa Theatre
Contact: Devon Greyson
Email: dgreyson@capilanou.ca
Phone: 604.986.1911 ext. 7393

Neither, Nor: How to Circumnavigate the Gender Binary in Seven Thousand Easy Steps

Ivan Coyote is a writer, storyteller, musician and educator. Ivan is the author of eleven books, and the creator of three albums, four short films, and a renowned live performer. Ivan has been the writer in residence at Carleton, Western, the University of Winnipeg, and the Vancouver Public Library, and has lectured at universities and colleges across the continent. Their books include Loose End, Boys Like Her, Missed Her, Gender Failure, and the soon to be released Tomboy Survival Guide.

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lee Maracle visits Capilano!

Lee Maracle @ Kexwusm-ayakn First Nations Student Lounge (LB 196)

Friday Feb. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Ms. Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works including:  Sojourner’s and Sundogs [collected work of novel and short stories [novel], Bobbi Lee [autobiographical novel], Daughters Are Forever, [novel] Will’s Garden [young adult novel], Bent Box [poetry], I Am Woman [creative non-fiction], and is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning publication, My Home As I Remember.  Ms. Maracle is a member of the Sto: Loh nation.  In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University.  Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the premier’s award for excellence in the arts.  Her latest works are: Celia’s song [novel], Memory Serves and other Words [creative non-fiction] and Talking to the Diaspora.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Liar Collective Meeting

It's a new semester and we're gearing up to put together a new issue of Capilano's independent literary magazine, The Liar. Come on out, get your copy of the fall issue, and get to know how you can get involved in the new spring issue (whether it's seeing your work between the covers, becoming part of the editorial board, etc).

Come to Cedar 124 on Thursday January 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Book reviews and publishing in a disrupted world

DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
TIME: 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
CAMPUS: North Vancouver
LOCATION: Birch 263, Capilano University, North Vancouver BC

Rapid technological changes are disrupting the institutions and communication circuits historically associated with book publishing.

Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun books editor and education reporter, will be joining English 314 on Wednesday, January 20 at 11:30am to talk about books, book reviewing, and publishing in a rapidly changing media landscape.

All are welcome.