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UFV English Summer Reads: Andrea MacPherson

What do English profs do during the summer? We read, of course! And when we read, we get so excited that we can’t help raving about the books . . . because, hey!–you might like them, too. Photo Credit: aaamsss Flickr via Compfight cc Andrea MacPherson: What I’m Reading this Summer Florida by Lauren Groff […]

UFV English Summer Reads: Melissa Walter

What do English profs do during the summer? We read, of course! And when we read, we get so excited that we can’t help raving about the books . . . because, hey!–you might like them, too. To kick off our Summer Reads series, our department Head Melissa Walter shares what she’s reading for fun […]

Young Authors Conference 2019: Double the Participants, Double the Fun!

By Heather McAlpine Eighty Young Authors from elementary schools all over Chilliwack and Abbotsford came together at the UFV CEP campus on Monday, April 29 for the second Young Authors’ Conference, organized by Professor Heather McAlpine and her assistant, English student Rebekah Bielefeld. The Young Authors’ Conference was conceived as a way to bring elementary […]

Not Just Educational But Epochal: Farewell Wishes from Our WIR

Our Kuldip Gill Fellowship Writer in Residence in 2019 was the venerable Robert Wiersema. Here are his parting words after eleven weeks of sharing his insights about writing and life…   One of the only reasons I’m still on Facebook is to check my Memories; I like to start my mornings by looking back at […]

English 170: A Fresh Look at Indigenous Cultures

Join Professor Michelle LaFlamme in English 170 this Fall 2018 for this fresh look at Indigenous Cultures. Here’s what she says about the course she developed: This special topics course provides an overview of Indigenous peoples in Canada by looking at contemporary forms of expression in literature, art, film, hip-hop and comedy.  Students who are […]

First Annual Young Authors Conference Features Nicola Campbell as Keynote

The brainchild of Professor Heather McAlpine, the English department’s first annual Young Author’s Conference recently welcomed forty aspiring writers from the Chilliwack School District, who spent a day honing their skills. On April 17th, 2018, they convened at The Gathering Place on the UFV CEP campus. Working in groups, the children attended three morning workshops […]

English 105: From Fear to Triumph in 13 Weeks

Worried about succeeding in English 105? Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Find out how your fellow students conquered their fears, became better writers, and not only survived to tell the tale but also thrived while telling it. Warning: this course will change your life! Photo Credit: marcoverch Flickr via Compfight cc   At the beginning of […]

The Witness Blanket: An Opportunity to Learn Deeply

  During the Fall 2018 semester, UFV students, faculty, and staff had the privilege of experiencing a new opportunity to learn deeply–by interacting with The Witness Blanket art installation. The English department wove this opportunity into many courses and assignments. We would like to acknowledge and thank those who brought The Witness Blanket to our […]

Sailing to Byzantium–An Event to Remember

  Student guest post by English Students Association President, Chris Shunamon Chris Shunamon and Tal Wieczorek at the “Sailing to Byzantium” event. All photo credits–Chris Shunamon   On November 24th the University of the Fraser Valley’s English, Visual Arts, and Theatre Student Associations jointly hosted “Sailing to Byzantium,” a showcase for the artists of each […]

Witness Blanket: Experiencing Rhetoric and Composition in Unexpected Contexts

  By Nadeane Trowse English 374 is entitled Rhetoric and Composition.  We know these words can mean many things and also, dangerously, can mean very little, indeed can be the rhetorical kiss of death to interest or engagement. Students in the Fall semester class of 374 I had the privilege of teaching were open and […]