Russell Smith: Writing Dialogue in Fiction

Russell Smith: Writing Dialogue in Fiction March 2, 2018 1-3pm, TIA House Workshop: Writing dialogue in fiction. Russell Smith talks about how to make dialogue a driving force in the creation of character and action. Using examples from his favourite writers, he will delineate what makes dialogue both lifelike and compelling, sharing both useful technical tricks and common errors to avoid. … [Read more…]

Peter and Meredith Quartermain: February 16-17

Friday, February 16th  4PM – Talk & Reading An Illcolonial Cross-Continent Poem: Talk and Reading by Meredith Quartermain In 2015 and 2016, Quartermain rode VIA’s The Canadian from coast to coast, which led to her long poem Lullabies in the Real World. Here she adopts the dissonant voice of Odyssea, tangled in unheroic histories, alien literatures, and colonizer tongues, trying … [Read more…]

Peter Forestell: The Top Three Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Write About My Experience With Plagiarism

The Top Three Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Write About My Experience With Plagiarism By Peter Forestell In April of 2016, I discovered that a fellow PhD student in Creative Writing had taken a paragraph I shared in a workshop two years earlier, deleted some words, added enjambments, and published the resulting poem as his own work, without crediting … [Read more…]

Black Lives Out West: November 24-25, 2017

Black Lives Out West: A Symposium Preliminary Program (Please watch this page for updates): In light of recent discussions about the relationship between Black and Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island particularly with regards to the expropriation of land on the one hand, and the making-property of human beings on the other, this event recognizes the Western territories of Turtle Island … [Read more…]

Statement from the TWUC Equity Task Force in Response to Niedzviecki editorial “Winning the Appropriation Prize”

We, the Equity Task Force of TWUC are writing in response to the editorial in the latest issue of WRITE. We are angry and appalled by the publication of “Winning the Appropriation Prize” by Hal Niedzviecki in the editorial column. In the context of working to recruit writers historically marginalized in the union, this essay contradicts and dismisses the racist … [Read more…]

Unpacking the Creative Writing Degree

Paris Locks Lai credit

The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing and The Creative Writing Research Group Present: Unpacking the Creative Writing Degree 11am Tuesday, April 11, 2017 TIA House SS1059 Department of English University of Calgary Presenters: Jane Chamberlin Peter Forestell Rod Moody-Corbett Jess Nicol Moderator: Larissa Lai The inclusion of creative writing as an academic discipline has allowed for a secondary area … [Read more…]

The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Sea to Treaty 7 Territories

SYMPOSIUM/A GATHERING The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Sea to Treaty 7 Territories March 9-10, 2017 The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, SS1059, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2N 1N4 Opening Welcome: Anita Eagle Bear Keynote: Lee Maracle Speakers: Roy Miki, Marcia Crosby, Sarah Ling, Szu Shen, Iyko Day, Rita Wong, … [Read more…]

Book Launch and 40 Year Retrospective and Reading with Poet Erín Moure

You are cordially invited to: Book Launch and 40 Year Retrospective and Reading with Poet Erín Moure Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure (Wesleyan University Press) TUESDAY FEB 28TH 4:00-5:30 PM TIA HOUSE (Social Sciences, 1059) This event is FREE and Open to the Public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Organized by … [Read more…]

The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Seas to Treaty 7 Territories

SYMPOSIUM/A GATHERING The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Sea to Treaty 7 Territories March 9-10, 2017 The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, SS1059, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2N 1N4 Opening Welcome: Anita Eagle Bear Keynote: Lee Maracle Speakers: Roy Miki, Marcia Crosby, Sarah Ling, Szu Shen, Iyko Day, Rita Wong, … [Read more…]

February 15, 2017: Paper Hearts II: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary/Canadian/US Literary Communities

Paper Hearts II: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary/Canadian/US Literary Communities Wednesday, February 15, 2017 The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing University of Calgary SS1059 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Treaty 7 Territory/CANADA A simple lunch will be served Open to students, faculty and the general public Free of charge RSVP if possible to TIAHouseYYC@gmail.com … [Read more…]

Upcoming Events for February and March 2017

February and March 2017 are going to be a busy time in the TIA House! Here’s a little preview of some of the events we have planned:   Feb 15th – Paper Hearts II: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary/Canadian/US Literary Communities With a critical panel running from 12 noon to 1.45pm, followed by literary readings from 2pm to 3pm, … [Read more…]