Everything a Seminar Should Be–And More

  By Heather McAlpine   The scene in this classroom is significantly louder and more intense than you might expect: passionate, rapid-fire discussion; challenging commentary; soul-searching questions; uproarious laughter. “Is it always like this in here?” I ask. The class erupts into shouts and applause. “Well,” says John, “yes.” Professor John Carroll’s Seminar in Creative […]

Book Art: Sacrilege or Savior?

  It’s Spring Cleaning time. For many book worms, that means clearing out the shelves to make room for summer reading. But what do you do with all those dusty old tomes you never read anymore? Do you banish them to a thrift shop, hoping someone falls in love with them? Will anybody ever fall […]

Mission Festival, Fraser Valley Literatures, East Coast Vs. West Coast, and True Lies

  Your friend neighbourhood writer-in-residence Emily PW’s finally back at this whole blog thing. I’ve had some of the busiest few weeks of my life… UFV’s inaugural Literatures of the Fraser Valley Conference was an infusion of brilliant scholarly thought. Speakers represented many of the region’s diverse communities—a testament to the organizers, who really gave […]

East Coast Vs. West Coast Literary Showdown

This interactive literary event pits B.C. authors against Ontario authors in the ultimate literary challenge.  Come out and help us guess which iconic East or West Coast authors wrote famous literary passages. If the authors are stumped, they get to call on the audience for help, so we need life lines!   The four writers […]

A Book Launch, Class Visits, and Professional Writers

Hey, hey! Emily P-W, your local writer-in-residence, back with an update. What a week! Just seconds ago, I sent off my introduction to the 2015 Louden Singletree, which I’m thrilled to reveal is a fantastic new collection of poetry, fiction, and visual art by UFV students. This issue has a little of something for everyone: […]

Reading Writers’ Minds

If you consider yourself a writer, then you’ve noticed your mind works differently from others’. You already know you see the world through a different lens. But did you ever wonder whether your brain responds uniquely to the task of writing? New research tentatively theorizes that it does—if you’re beyond the novice stage. Together with […]

A Smorgasbord of Upcoming Writing Workshops and Events

  UFV’s writer-in-res coming atcha! This was a lovely week of strategizing over the events I’ll be leading in the next couple months and guest lectures. First off, the class visits… My visit to John Carroll’s Seminar in Creative Writing class (ENGL 405) was fantastic. Lively conversation, great questions, and inspired writers. My kind of […]

Greetings from the 2015 UFV Writer in Residence

  Hello UFV! This is Emily Pohl-Weary, your writer-in-residence. I’ll be blogging about once a week while I’m here. I thought I’d use my first post to write about how I abandoned Toronto very early in the morning, on the coldest day of the winter so far. It was snowing—the kind of flakes that are […]

All You Can Read Literary Buffet

  Some people are calling it Netflix for books. It’s Amazon’s new fee-based, unlimited subscription for e-books. Pay once a month; read as much as you want. Photo Credit: Jeremy Brooks via Compfight cc   Sound like crazy talk? Many critics are uncomfortable with the increasing commodification of literature, insisting that books are different from […]

The Ghost of the Ship Komagata Maru Still Haunts Canadian Waters

  Who cares about a Japanese ship that sailed a hundred years ago? We do, and we’re pretty sure you will too. The Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver harbour on May 22nd, 1914 carrying 376 immigrants from India. The abusive treatment they endured while waiting to be granted entry to Canada—only to be denied and […]